Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 16

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GENEVA -- The chief of World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday urged fairness of access to COVID-19 vaccines, saying he wants to "see vaccination underway in every country in the next 100 days."

Speaking at a virtual press conference from Geneva, Tedros stressed that efforts should be made to ensure that middle and low-income countries are equally protected. (WHO-COVID-19-Outbreak)

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KIEV -- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky discussed conflict resolution in the east of the country over the telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the President's press service said on Friday.

Zelensky informed the German Chancellor about the ceasefire, established on July 27, 2020, being generally observed but no further progress has been established apart from it. (Ukraine-Germany-Donbas)

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BAMAKO -- A peacekeeper of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) died Friday of his injuries caused during an improvised explosive device/mine attack in Mali's northeastern region of Kidal, MINUSMA confirmed in a press release.

A MINUSMA truck, part of a logistics convoy, hit an explosive device/mine on Friday around 3 p.m. local time near Tessalit, region of Kidal, MINUSMA said, adding that two peacekeepers were seriously injured by the explosion. (Mali-peacekeeper-killed)

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GAZA/RAMALLAH -- The Islamic Hamas movement, which rules the Gaza Strip, welcomed on Friday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's decrees on holding the legislative and presidential elections in Palestine.

The movement said in a press statement that "Hamas welcomes the presidential decrees that set dates for holding the legislative, presidential elections in Palestine and for the parliament of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)." (Palestine-Election-Hamas) Enditem

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