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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Feb. 21

21 Feb 2021, 21:05 GMT+10

MEXICO CITY -- The first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac arrived in Mexico City on Saturday, authorities reported.

The vaccines arrived about a week after health authorities announced that Mexico's Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks had authorized emergency use for the Sinovac and CanSino Biologics vaccines. (Mexico-China-COVID-19)

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LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- At least one police officer was killed and 15 people wounded after an explosion rocked a crowded road in Lashkar Gah, capital of Afghanistan's southern province of Helmand on Sunday, a provincial government spokesman confirmed.

"The blast occurred in Police District 1 of the city roughly at 10:15 a.m. local time. The initial information stated that the blast was caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attached to a motorcycle parked at the area," spokesman Omar Zwak told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Helmand-Explosion)

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NIAMEY -- Voting for the second round of Niger's presidential election began at around 8:00 a.m. local time (7:00 a.m. GMT) on Sunday.

More than 7.4 million Nigeriens are called to the polls on Sunday, to choose the successor of outgoing President Mahamadou Issoufou, between Mohamed Bazoum, candidate of the ruling Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism, and Mahamane Ousmane of the Democratic and Republican Renewal, an opposition party. (Niger-Presidential Election)

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NEW DELHI -- Authorities in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Sunday said the death toll in the dam disaster has risen to 67 and the search for missing people was underway.

"As of now, a total of 67 bodies and 28 human body parts have been retrieved from different places," reads a statement issued by police. "Out of these 37 bodies and one body part has been identified." (India-Dam)

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