Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Feb. 11

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister and leader of the ruling Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party (SLPP) Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday sent his greetings to the Chinese leaders, government and people for the upcoming lunar New Year.

In a video congratulatory message, Rajapaksa said the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Sri Lanka and China continued to grow stronger in these challenging times as both countries joined efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. (Sri Lanka-PM-Chinese New Year)

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HELSINKI -- Finnish forest industry company Metsa Group on Thursday reported a decline in sales and slightly increased operating results in 2020.

Last year, Metsa's sales dropped to 5,055 million euros (6,138 million U.S. dollars) from 5,473 million euros in 2019. The group's operating result increased from 374 million euros to 376 million euros. (Finland-Forestry)

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RIGA -- Latvia's top state officials whose office duties involve ensuring national security and the functioning of the state received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine on Thursday, local media reported.

The officials getting their first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine included President Egils Levits and Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins. (Latvia-COVID-19 vaccine)

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JUBA -- South Sudan said on Thursday that it's seeking support from the European Union to help lift the arms embargo and sanctions imposed by the United States following the outbreak of conflict in December 2013.

Deng Dau Deng, deputy minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation said they have urged the EU to support their effort in lifting the existing arms embargo and individual sanctions imposed by the UN and U.S. (South Sudan-EU) Enditem

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