Xinhua world news summary at 0130 GMT, Feb. 26

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon confirmed on Thursday that the U.S. military had conducted airstrikes against infrastructure utilized by Iranian-backed militant groups in eastern Syria. (US-Airstrikes-Syria)

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QUITO -- Ecuador's National Police on Thursday morning foiled an escape attempt by inmates at the Litoral Penitentiary in Guayaquil amid a new riot in the prison, the Minister of Government Patricio Pazmino said.

"During the early hours of February 25, police thwarted escape attempt, seized 5 firearms, 5 feeders and 52 rounds of ammunition," the minister posted on his Twitter account. (Ecuador-Prison Riot)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Armenia in a telephone conversation with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan on Thursday, the Kremlin said.

"Putin spoke in support of maintaining peace and order in Armenia and resolving the situation in a lawful manner," it said in a statement. (Russia-Armenia-Putin-Pashinyan)

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PARIS -- Twenty departments in France, including the Greater Paris region, are placed under "reinforced surveillance" due to the worsening epidemic situation, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Thursday.

In the Ile-de France, Hauts-de-France, la Cote d'Azur, la Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle regions, "the epidemic situation and that in hospitals require the highest vigilance because the indicators are deteriorating," Castex told a weekly briefing on the coronavirus. (France-COVID-19)

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DAKAR -- Senegalese President Macky Sall received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by China's Sinopharm, in presidential palace here on Thursday.

Head of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council Idrissa Seck, and some members of the government and presidential office staffers were also vaccinated. (Senegal-president-vaccinated) Enditem

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