Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Dec. 31

0 Comment(s)Print E-mail Xinhua, December 31, 2020
Adjust font size:

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military said Wednesday that it had sent two strategic bombers to the Middle East as a show of force to deter attacks against U.S. interests in the region.

U.S. Central Command said in a statement that the deployment, executed by two B-52H strategic bombers, aimed to underscore the "U.S. military's commitment to regional security and demonstrate a unique ability to rapidly deploy overwhelming combat power on short notice." (US-Middle East-Strategic Bomber)

- - - -

UNITED NATIONS -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday announced the appointment of Hiro Mizuno of Japan as the special envoy on innovative finance and sustainable investments.

Mizuno is a Japanese financial executive and former executive management director and chief information officer of the Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan. (UN-Japan-Appointment)

- - - -

LONDON -- Britain has recorded almost 1,000 coronavirus deaths overnight, the highest daily death toll since April, according to the latest official figures released on Wednesday.

The daily number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test reached 981, bringing the total to 72,548, according to the official figures. (Britain-COVID-19)

- - - -

TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian official said Wednesday that no negative symptoms have been reported after the human trial of an Iranian COVID-19 vaccine in the last 24 hours, Iran Press news website reported.

On Tuesday, the human trials of the COVID-19 vaccine produced by Iranian researchers started with the injection on 56 volunteers. (Iran-Vaccine)

- - - -

OSLO -- Twenty-one people were still missing following a major landslide that swept through the town of Ask near the Norwegian capital on Wednesday, local media reported.

Police became aware that a major quick clay landslide had hit the residential area of the town, some 31 km northeast of Oslo in the early hours of Wednesday morning, reported state-owned media NRK. Injuries were also reported. (Norway-Landslide) Enditem

Follow on Twitter and Facebook to join the conversation.
ChinaNews App Download
Print E-mail Bookmark and Share

Go to Forum >>0 Comment(s)

No comments.

Add your comments...

  • User Name Required
  • Your Comment
  • Enter the words you see:   
    Racist, abusive and off-topic comments may be removed by the moderator.
Send your storiesGet more from