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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 15

15 Jan 2021, 11:18 GMT+10

HOUSTON -- Governor of the U.S. state of New Mexico Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a state of emergency due to the ongoing and pervasive threat of riots and insurrection, local media reported on Thursday.

According to the Albuquerque Journal, the executive order referenced the events of Jan. 6 when supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (U.S.-State of emergency)

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GENEVA -- The most urgent focus now for the World Health Organization (WHO) is ensuring that all countries have access to vaccines on an equitable basis, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday.

He also said at the 6th Meeting of the Emergency Committee on COVID-19 that there are two urgent issues now: the first is the recent emergence of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the second is the potential use of vaccination and testing certificates for international travel. (WHO-COVID-19-Outbreak)

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ALGIERS -- As many as five people were killed and three others injured Thursday when an improvised bomb exploded in Algeria's eastern province of Tebessa, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

It specified that "five civilians were killed" when their car passed by the bomb in the locality of Telidjane in Tebessa, near the border with Tunisia. Another three passengers were wounded, added the source, without providing more details. (Algeria-Explosion)

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BERLIN -- German energy company RWE will build its first onshore wind farm in France, the company announced on Thursday.

The onshore wind farm, located in the Centre-Val de Loire region, 250 kilometers south of Paris, is already under construction and would have a capacity of 26 megawatts, according to RWE. (Germany-RWE-Wind)

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