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Several rockets land at Baghdad intl airport, US airbase

Several rockets landed at Baghdad international airport and U.S. camp airbase, causing minor damage to the civilian airplane, Reuters reported on Friday, citing Iraqi police.

Russia does not want war, says Lavrov

Photo: CGTNRussia doesnt want war, but will not ignore its interests, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov spoke to Russian media on Friday.The minister stressed that the talks on security guarantees with NATO and the U.S. are not over.

Spain economy grows by 5% in 2021: statistics institute

Photo: CGTNSpains economy grew by 5.0 percent in 2021, showing a remarkable bounceback from a year earlier but below the governments target, an initial estimate by the National Statistics Institute showed Friday. The government had expected gross domestic product (GDP) to rise by 6.5 percent in 2021 after a year in which it contracted sharply by nearly 11 percent in one of the worst results of the eurozone. The result however is higher than the expectations of the IMF and the OECD, which had expected 4.6 percent and 4.5 percent, respectively.

Booster vaccines approved for Australian 16-17 year olds amid battle against COVID-19 outbreaks

CANBERRA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Australias medical regulator has approved coronavirus booster vaccines for teenagers aged 16-17 years old.A nurse handles a COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine vial at a vaccine clinic at Sydney Road Family Medical Practice in Sydney, Australia, March 23, 2021. (Photo: CFP)The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Friday announced it has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for young people aged 16-17 years old in Australia.It is the first booster shot approved for people aged under 18 in Australia but requires approval yet from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (ATAGI) before the rollout can begin."A booster dose will make sure the protection from the first two doses is even stronger and longer-lasting, helping prevent the virus from spreading and new variants from emerging," Health Minister Greg Hunt said in a media release on Friday.Hunt said two-thirds of eligible Australians have received their boosters ahead of more people becoming eligible on Monday when the recommended interval between second and third doses is cut from four to three months."Yesterday, for example, 232,000 people came forward for their boosters and were now 7.3 million boosters or 66.6 percent, precisely two-thirds of the eligible population in this point in time," he also said in a press conference on Friday.Australia on Friday reported more than 40,000 new coronavirus cases and 98 deaths -- 39 in Victoria, 35 in New South Wales, 18 in Queensland, five in South Australia and one in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).It marks the deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic in Australia and takes the countrys death toll at 3,500.According to Department of Health data, there were 5,090 Australians hospitalized with COVID-19 on Thursday, including 382 in intensive care units, with 139 of them being on ventilators.

US funding to WHO drops by 25 pct in COVID-19 pandemic: Reuters

GENEVA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- The funding provided by the United States to the World Health Organization (WHO) has dropped by 25 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Reuters report.The headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, March 22, 2016. (Photo: VCG)In 2020 and 2021, U.S. financial contributions to the WHO declined by over 200 million U.S. dollars, Reuters reported on Tuesday, citing provisional WHO data contained in a budget document.U.S. funds are set to go up again in the WHOs next two-year budget, reaching 672 million dollars, which is still below the funding of 893 million dollars in 2018 and 2019, the provisional data showed.As a result, Germany has gradually replaced the United States to be the WHOs top donor with the contribution of more than a billion dollars over the last two years, said the report.

Biden, Zelensky discuss Ukraine tensions over phone

File photo: CGTNWASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Joe Biden and his Ukrainian counterpart, Volodymyr Zelensky, held a telephone conversation Thursday to discuss the ongoing tensions on the Ukrainian border.According to a statement released by the White House, Biden reaffirmed U.S. support to Ukraine, including "additional macroeconomic support to help Ukraines economy amidst pressure."The U.S. president also noted that despite the departure of American family members of embassy personnel, the U.S. embassy in Kiev remains open and fully operational.Biden, the statement said, also expressed Washingtons support for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine through the Normandy Format, a mechanism established in 2014 that involves French, German, Russian and Ukrainian diplomats.The president said he hoped that a recommitment by the quadrilateral dialogue members to the July 2020 ceasefire agreement will help decrease tensions and advance the Minsk agreements. The agreements call for an immediate ceasefire between government troops in Kiev and armed groups in the Donbass region while seeking a diplomatic solution to the conflict.Zelensky said in a tweet that during the call the two leaders discussed "recent diplomatic efforts on de-escalation and agreed on joint actions for the future." He also confirmed that "possibilities for financial support to Ukraine were also discussed."Also on Thursday, Deputy Chairman of Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the United States are using Ukraine to gain geopolitical leverage."Ukraine, unfortunately, has turned, to some extent, into a toy in the hands of NATO and the United States, as Ukraine is used as a geopolitical instrument to exert pressure on Russia," the RIA Novosti news agency quoted Medvedev as saying during his interview with Russian media outlets.

Vaccine mandate starts for US healthcare workers

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DPRK leader inspects munitions factory

Photo: KCNAPYONGYANG, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK), inspected a munitions factory producing a major weapon system, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Friday.During the inspection, Kim learned in detail about the recent modernization of technology and production processes at the factory, and praised its leading role in collective innovation, said the report.He said the factory holds an important position and duty in modernizing the countrys armed forces and realizing the national defense development strategy, urging staff to continuously develop the factory into an iconic one symbolic of the modernity of the countrys defense industry.

Ukrainian president sacks National Guard commander

File photoThe commander of the National Guard of Ukraine, Nikolay Balan, was sacked by President Vladimir Zelensky, according to the TASS news agency on Friday. Balan tendered resignation on Thursday following an incident at a military plant in Ukraines Dnipro, where a national guardsman opened fire at his colleagues and fled. The Ukrainian president appointed Lieutenant General Yury Lebed as its acting chief.

Tonga receives new emergency relief delivered by Chinese military

Chinese military aircraft loaded with emergency supplies landed Friday in Tongas capital Nukualofa, sending more relief to Tongans whose lives have been severely affected after massive volcanic eruptions in the Pacific Ocean island country earlier this month.Relief supplies donated by China and brought in by a Chinese military aircraft arrives in Nukualofa, capital of Tonga, January 28, 2022. (Photo: CGTN)The 33-tonne shipment, which included tents, food, drinking water, personal protective equipment and walkie-talkies, was the latest of a series of aid sent by China. Two Chinese vessels carrying supplies also reached Tonga a day earlier.The two military planes departing on Thursday from south Chinas Guangzhou traveled for 20 hours over a distance of 10,000 kilometers. They made three stopovers along the way.Earlier, Chinas Defense Ministry said it will send naval ships again to deliver more emergency aid on January 31, one day ahead of the Chinese New Year.Tonga has implemented strict COVID-19 protocols, which require all goods arriving in the country to be disinfected and quarantined for at least three days.One of the two Chinese military aircraft that landed in Nukualofa, Tonga, January 28, 2022. (Photo: CGTN)Supplies are delivered by Chinese military aircraft to Nukualofa, capital of Tonga, January 28, 2022. (Photo: CGTN)

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Giant pandas seen at Pairi Daiza zoo in Brugelette, Belgium

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NATO, US responses to Russia's security proposals provide grounds for discussion on secondary issues: Lavrov

ThishandoutphotographtakenandreleasedbytheRussianForeignMinistryonJan21,2022showsRussianForeignMinisterSergeiLavrovgivingapressconferenceafterameetingwithUSSecretaryofStateinGeneva。

America has split, now in 'very dangerous territory': NYT

SignsannouncingtheindoormaskmandateareseeninNewOrleans,Louisiana,theUnitedStates,Jan.11,2022.(PhotobyLanWei/Xinhua)WASHINGTON,Jan。

Trudeau self-isolating due to COVID-19 exposure

CanadianPrimeMinisterJustinTrudeau.[Photo/Agencies]OTTAWA-CanadianPrimeMinisterJustinTrudeauannouncedThursdaymorningthathehasbeenexposedtoCOVID-19andwillbeself-isolatingforfivedays,followingguidancefromOttawaPublicHealth。

Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan agree on full cessation of hostilities on border

KyrgyzservicemenareseenonKyrgyz-Tajikborder,Kyrgyzstan,January27,2022./CFPKyrgyzstanandTajikistanhaveagreedonafullcessationofhostilitiesontheborder,SputnikreportedonFridaycitingtheKyrgyzborderservice."Duringthenegotiations.。

Venezuela's electoral commission: Maduro recall cannot move ahead

NicolasMaduro,Venezuela'spresident,speaksduringatelevisedpressconferenceinCaracas,Venezuela,January25,2019。

M5.5 earthquake strikes Chile: EMSC

Amagnitude-5.5earthquakestruckTarapaca,ChileonFriday,accordingtotheEuro-MedSeismologicalCentre(EMSC).。

Ukrainian President Zelensky holds phone talk with Biden

File photo Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky held a phone talk with U.S. President Joe Biden on January 27. Zelensky expressed his gratitude to Biden for the military assistance provided by the United States.The U.S., Ukraine and NATO have claimed that Russia is "invading" with a military buildup near the eastern border of Ukraine.Russian denies this, stressing that NATO activities threaten the security of the Russian border and that Russia has the right to mobilize troops in its territory to defend it.

Brazil's top court subpoenas Bolsonaro in leaked documents case

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro reacts during the announcement of a simpler access to social welfare on November 30, 2021 in Brasilia, Brazil. (File photo: CFP)A Supreme Court justice on Thursday subpoenaed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and ordered police to question him in an investigation into leaked documents in which he has resisted testifying.Justice Alexandre de Moraes had given Bolsonaro 60 days to testify that have expired, and decided that the president appear at federal police headquarters in Brasilia on Friday afternoon to be questioned.The probe is about Bolsonaros posting of documents to social media from a sealed police investigation into the hacking of a federal election court a few months before the 2018 elections.

Burkina Faso's military government promises return of constitutional order

A picture of Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba on a phone in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, January 25, 2022. (File photo: CFP)Lieutenant-Colonel Paul-Henri Sandaogo Damiba, head of the Patriotic Movement for Safeguard and Restoration (MPSR) that controls Burkina Faso, has promised a return to normal constitutional order within a limited time frame and called for support from the international community.Damiba made the remarks on Thursday in a televised national address as the current head of state, days after leading the ousting of President Roch Marc Christian Kabore. It was his first major public appearance since last weekend."Burkina Faso more than ever needs its international partners. I call on the international community to support our country so it can exit this crisis as soon as possible," he said, adding the country will continue to abide by its international commitments, in particular in respect of human rights, and preserve the functioning of the judiciary.Damiba, a rising star in the military who commands an eastern region in Burkina Faso, said security issues remained the priority and the country would devote sufficient resources to significantly reduce terrorism and violent extremism.Meanwhile, consultations have begun with all parties, including outgoing politicians, he revealed, in order to help rebuild and restore lasting peace.Burkina Faso soldiers said on January 24 that they had seized power and put an end to the presidency of Kabore.Shortly after the announcement, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned military coups, saying they are not acceptable in the 21st century.

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