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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Orange Line Metro Train project in the country's eastern city of Lahore under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), was completed and delivered to the Pakistani side on Friday, according to the joint venture that is responsible for the implementation of the project.

As an early-harvest project of CPEC, the Orange Line metro train service in Lahore, the capital city of the country's Punjab province, is Pakistan's first-ever mass rapid urban transit train service, and the project is built by a joint venture of China State Railway Group Co., Ltd. and China North Industries Corporation. (Pakistan-China-CPEC-Orange Line Metro Train)

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DAMASCUS -- Firefighters battled numerous blazes on Friday as wildfires renewed in forest areas in central and northwestern Syria, according to the state media and witnesses.

The fires, which broke out at midnight, roared in the countryside of Homs province in central Syria as well as in the coastal provinces of Tartous and Latakia in northwestern Syria. (Syria-Wildfire)

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ULAN BATOR -- Mongolia will get a soft loan worth more than 230 million U.S. dollars from Japan to deal with its economic fallout resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mongolian Foreign Minister Nyamtseren Enkhtaivan said Friday.

"We agreed to deepen the Mongolia-Japan Strategic Partnership in a wide range of areas such as politics, defense, trade, economy, agriculture, culture and education," Enkhtaivan told reporters after he held official talks with his visiting Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi here on Friday. (Mongolia-Japan-Loan)

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MAPUTO -- The personal envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Mozambique invited Friday the leader of the proclaimed Military Junta, a dissident faction from the country's main opposition Renamo, to dialogue in order to secure indefinite peace to all Mozambicans.

Mirko Manzoni, also the chairperson of the international contact group supporting the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) process in Mozambique, expressed the request in a statement, saying that through dialogue any grievance can be resolved. (Mozambique-UN Envoy-DDR)

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BERLIN -- Germany's upper parliament, the Bundesrat, approved the reform of the annual tax on motor vehicles with a stronger focus on CO2 emissions, the government announced on Friday.

The vehicle tax for new passenger cars registered from 2021 onwards would include a "climate component" that would grow with the CO2 emissions of the vehicle, the government said. (Germany-Vehicle-Tax) Enditem

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