Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Feb. 4

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GENEVA -- World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday spoke highly of China's effective control measures to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, and called on all countries to invest in preparedness, not panic to manage the epidemic.

Addressing the 146th session of the WHO Executive Board meeting that kicked off here on Monday, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said China "take serious measures at the epicenter, at the source," which not only protected Chinese people, but also prevented the spread of the virus to other countries. (WHO-China-Coronavirus)

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BUCHAREST -- Teodor Melescanu, president of the Romanian Senate, announced on Monday his resignation almost two weeks after the top court of the country ruled that his election to the position was unconstitutional.

"I decided to withdraw from office, although the decision of the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has not been published yet," Melescanu told the first ordinary session of the Senate this year. (Romania-Senate-Resignation)

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TIRANA -- The European Parliament (EP) strongly supports the opening of accession talks of Albania with the European Union (EU), EP President David Sassoli said here on Monday.

At a joint press conference with Prime Minister Edi Rama, Sassoli, who is paying a two-day official visit to Albania, told reporters that the membership process should resume despite the slowdown at the end of last year. (Albania-EU-Accession)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council will hear a briefing behind closed doors from Jared Kushner, U.S. President Donald Trump's senior adviser, on the U.S.-proposed Middle East peace plan on Thursday, the council president said Monday.

"The understanding is that the United States will request closed consultations in order to brief council members on the American plan. The idea, as I understand, will be that Mr. Kushner, as the special envoy, would be participating in that meeting," said Belgian UN ambassador Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve, whose country holds the Security Council presidency for the month of February. (UN-Mideast-Peace) Enditem

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