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Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, Sept. 18

18 Sep 2023, 18:44 GMT+10

NEW YORK -- United Auto Workers (UAW) union and the Big 3 auto companies were set to resume talks on Sunday, being seemingly no closer to reaching deals than they were when autoworkers went on strike on Friday.

The union has rejected an offer from U.S. automaker Stellantis to increase workers' wages by 21 percent, Shawn Fain, head of UAW said on Sunday. (US-UAW-Strike)

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SINGAPORE -- The non-oil domestic exports (NODX) in Singapore declined by 20.1 percent year-on-year in August, marking a contraction for the 11th straight month, government agency Enterprise Singapore announced Monday.

The figure is lower than the 20.3-percent decline in the previous month, Enterprise Singapore noted, adding that NODX in August fell 3.8 percent month-on-month, compared to the previous 3.5-percent contraction in July. (Singapore-NODX-Contraction)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has issued the online dating industry with an ultimatum to improve safety for users or face greater regulation.

Michelle Rowland, the federal Minister for Communications, and Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth on Monday issued a demand that dating services implement a new voluntary code of practice by the middle of 2024. (Australia-Dating App-Safety)

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NEW DELHI -- India's Santiniketan, a town where Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore built the central university Visva Bharati over a century ago, has been inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List, officials said.

The world body made the announcement on Sunday.

The decision to include Santiniketan in the list was taken during the 45th session of the World Heritage Committee currently underway in Saudi Arabia. (India-UNESCO-Heritage)

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