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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Nov. 21

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21 Nov 2021, 20:44 GMT+10

MANILA -- Two police officers have been killed and four others wounded in a clash with the rebels in the central Philippines, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Sunday.

The PNP said the police officers were hit by an improvised explosive device during a firefight on Saturday with an undetermined number of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Gamay, a town in Northern Samar province. (Philippines-NPA-Clash)

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BEIJING -- China has decided to downgrade the diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the level of charge d'affaires, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Sunday.

According to a statement released on the Foreign Ministry's website, On Nov. 18, Lithuania, in disregard of China's strong protest and repeated representations, allowed the Taiwan authorities to set up a "Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania." This act openly creates the false impression of "one China, one Taiwan" in the world, renounces the political commitment made by Lithuania in the communique on the establishment of diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China (PRC), undermines China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs.

"The Chinese side expresses its strong indignation and protest against this move, and decides to downgrade its diplomatic relations with Lithuania to the charge d'affaires level," it said. (China-Lithuania-Relations)

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JERUSALEM -- One person died and four others were wounded in a shooting in East Jerusalem on Sunday morning, with the gunman also shot dead, local police said.

The incident took place outside the al-Aqsa mosque compound in East Jerusalem's Old City.

The injured, two civilians and two police officers, were hospitalized. Israel's Magen David Adom emergency health service said in a statement that one civilian was in a critical condition and the other was in a moderate-to-serious condition. The two officers sustained minor injuries, the police said. (Jerusalem-Gunman-Police)

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SOFIA -- Bulgarians went to the polls on Sunday morning to vote in the second round of the presidential elections.

Nearly 6.7 million eligible voters would choose their president for the next five years between incumbent President Rumen Radev and Rector of Sofia University Anastas Gerdjikov.

Radev, who was backed by several political formations such as Continue the Change coalition, Bulgarian Socialist Party and There Is Such A People, won the first round of the election on Nov. 14 with 49.42 percent. (Bulgaria-President-Elections)

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