Xinhua world news summary at 0830 GMT, March 24

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HELSINKI -- Finland has no need to expand training operations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), said Commander of the Finnish Defense Forces General Jarmo Lindberg Saturday.

General Lindberg made the remarks when asked about the country's current defense policy issues in an interview on national television Yle. (Finland-NATO-Exercises)

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CARACAS -- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday the arrest of a "powerful Colombian paramilitary leader" in the Venezuelan state of Carabobo.

Maduro did not reveal the name of the person arrested, simply referring to him as the "head of the Rastrojos," a criminal group in neighboring Colombia. (Venezuela-Paramilitary-Maduro)

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CAPE TOWN -- The slow land reform in South Africa has caused impatience among the public and it needs to be accelerated if the country is to correct historical injustice, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Saturday.

Ramaphosa made the remarks when handing over title deeds to descendants of the Griqua people in the Ebenhaeser community near Cape Town, who are a subgroup of Southern Africa's heterogeneous and multiracial people, and have a long history of dispossession. (South Africa-Land Reform)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on Saturday called on the international community to help children affected by Cyclone Idai.

"We are in a race against time to help and protect children in the disaster-ravaged areas of Mozambique," Fore said at the end of a visit to Beira, one of the areas most affected by Cyclone Idai. (UN-Cyclone Idai-UNICEF) Enditem

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