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Xinhua world news summary at 0600 GMT, July 9

09 Jul 2020, 16:30 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said Tuesday he disagrees with President Donald Trump's decision to officially quit the World Health Organization (WHO).

"I disagree with the president's decision," said Alexander, chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, adding that withdrawing U.S. membership would undermine the development of a COVID-19 vaccine and hamper U.S. cooperation with other countries to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. (US-WHO-Withdrawl)

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MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan -- A massive car bomb explosion rocked an Afghan National Army (ANA) military camp in eastern Wardak province on early Thursday, causing destruction, a local official confirmed.

"The big explosion occurred outside the camp which also acts as a logistic department of ANA at about 4:00 a.m. local time. The camp is located in Sayyed Abad district," spokesman of provincial government, Muhibullah Sharifzai, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Bomb Blast-Army Camp)

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LOS ANGELES -- The University of Southern California (USC) has joined an amicus brief strongly supporting the lawsuit recently filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to prevent the U.S. government from enforcing a rule that would imperil international students if their universities switch to online-only courses in the fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said USC President Carol Folt on Wednesday.

The highly rated private research university located in Los Angeles, California, also noted that it is actively considering all other legal options. (U.S.-Foreign Students-Rule)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has warned that the number of returning travellers allowed to enter the country could be limited.

The number of Australians returning to the country amid the coronavirus pandemic has steadily fallen since March but Morrison on Wednesday said that he would take a proposal for a cap on the number to the National Cabinet to ease the mounting pressure on hotel quarantine. (Australia-Returning Travellers)

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