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Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, Sept. 29

29 Sep 2020, 11:18 GMT+10

BRASILIA -- Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday unveiled a new welfare program, called Renta Ciudadana, to replace the existing Bolsa Familia, a program instituted in 2003.

The new program will be financed by funds earmarked to pay securities for public finances and part of the Fund for the Maintenance and Development of Basic Education and the Assessment of Education Professionals. (Brazil-Welfare Program)

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CAIRO -- Egypt welcomed on Monday an agreement between the Yemeni government and the Houthi rebels to exchange 1,081 prisoners.

"Egypt appreciates the efforts made by the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen and the International Committee of the Red Cross in this regard," the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Egypt-Yemen-Prisoner-Swap)

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QUITO -- Ecuador's Minister of Culture and Heritage Juan Fernando Velasco resigned on Monday to dedicate himself to his run for president in February 2021 general elections.

The singer-songwriter, who had served as culture minister since July 2019, announced his decision to run as the candidate of the left-leaning Build Ecuador Movement at a ceremony in the southwest city of Guayaquil. (Ecuador-Elections-Candidate)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A fast-moving wildfire that burned across Northern California's Napa and Sonoma counties early Monday morning has forced nearly 50,000 residents to flee, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

The Glass Fire, the largest in the Bay Area and one of 27 blazes currently burning around California, swelled to 11,000 acres with zero containment by Monday morning, Cal Fire said. (US-California-Wildfire)

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