Tue, 24 Nov 2020

Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Oct. 24

24 Oct 2020, 15:51 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Two crew members of a U.S. Naval aircraft were killed as their plane crashed Friday in the southern U.S. state of Alabama.

The ill-fated jet was a T-6B Texan II training aircraft, which crashed at about 5 p.m. local time (2200 GMT) in Foley, Alabama, a town near the Gulf Coast, the U.S. Naval Air Forces said in a statement. (US-Plane Crash-Alabama)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Friday that if elected, he will make COVID-19 vaccines free for all Americans.

"Once we have a safe and effective vaccine, it has to be free to everyone -- whether or not you're insured," Biden said in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware. He assailed incumbent President Donald Trump for his response to the coronavirus pandemic, saying he has "given up" fighting the virus and has "quit on America." (US-Biden-COVID-19 Vaccine)

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentina decided to prolong its isolation and social distancing measures meant to control the spread of the novel coronavirus until Nov. 8, President Alberto Fernandez announced on Friday.

"From the day the (current) quarantine expires, we will continue the measure for another 14 days," said the president during a visit to the province of Misiones. (Argentina-COVID-19)

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CHICAGO -- The 56th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced winners of its 2020 competitions in a virtual live-streamed ceremony on Friday with an array of films nabbing top awards.

Taking home the top prize, Gold Hugo, in the International Feature Film Competition, was "Sweat," a Polish-language film by Swedish director Magnus von Horn. The film presents loneliness and insecurity in the digital age and chronicles three days in the life of a social media celebrity. (US-Chicago-Film Festival)

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