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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 27

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27 May 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Four police officers in the U.S. state of Minnesota were fired Tuesday after an African American man died while in police custody and an online video showed the man being pinned down by his neck.

In the video, recorded by a bystander, a police officer pressed his knee into the man's neck during an arrest in Minneapolis on Monday evening, as the man repeatedly said "I can't breathe" and "please, I can't breathe." (US-Police Officers-Dismissal)

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WASHINGTON -- Katie Miller, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary, said she returned to work on Tuesday, more than two weeks after contracting the coronavirus.

"Back at work today after three negative COVID tests," she tweeted. (US-Katie Miller-Return)

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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Latin America's economic climate index has fallen to its lowest level in 31 years, driven down by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on regional economies, according to a report released on Tuesday.

According to Brazil's leading economic think tank, the Getulio Vargas Foundation, between January and April the index for Latin America tumbled from -14.1 points to -60.4 points, the worst reading since January 1989, when the measurement was first established. (Latin America-Economy Climate-Index)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe from Texas was sworn in on Tuesday as the Director of National Intelligence, the country's spy chief.

Senators voted 49-44 on Ratcliffe's nomination last week, largely along party lines. Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate. (US-Spy Chief-John Ratcliffe)

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