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Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, July 11

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11 Jul 2020, 15:44 GMT+10

NEW DELHI -- The total number of COVID-19 cases surpassed the 800,000-mark in India on Saturday, reaching 820,916, even as the total deaths stood at 22,123, said the data released by the federal health ministry a short while ago.

According to the ministry data, 519 new deaths due to COVID-19 besides fresh 27,114 positive cases were reported during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 22,123 and total cases to 820,916. (India-COVID-19)

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WASHINGTON -- The United States plans to impose 25-percent additional tariffs on about 1.3 billion U.S. dollars worth of French products in response to the country's digital services tax that impacts major U.S. technology companies, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced Friday.

"In determining the level of trade covered by the additional duties, the U.S. Trade Representative considered the value of digital transactions covered by France's DST (digital services tax) and the amount of taxes assessed by France on U.S. companies," the USTR's Office said in a notice. (U.S.-France-Tax)

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ATHENS -- Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday strongly condemned Turkey's decision to convert Istanbul's Hagia Sophia museum into a mosque, warning of its impact on Turkey's relations with Greece and the European Union.

Hagia Sophia is an iconic Byzantine church built in the 5th century. Throughout the centuries, the former Greek Orthodox Christian church had also served as a Roman Catholic cathedral and an Ottoman mosque as the city changed rulers. Since 1935, Hagia Sophia has been open as a museum. It has been recognized by UNESCO as a monument of world cultural heritage since 1985. (Greece-Turkey -Hagia Sophia)

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