Xinhua world news summary at 1600 GMT, June 25

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MOSCOW -- The Kremlin said Friday it regrets the decision of the European Union to cancel its potential summit with Russia, according to the TASS news agency.

"We were informed that a number of countries spoke out against this dialogue at yesterday's summit," TASS reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. (Russia-EU-Summit)

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VALLETTA -- Fully vaccinated people do not need to wear their masks outdoors as from July 1, Malta's Health Ministry announced on Friday.

They are still required to wear masks in indoor public spaces. Children under 12 can remove their masks as long as they are with vaccinated people. (Malta-Vaccination-Mask)

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JERUSALEM -- The Israeli Ministry of Health on Friday re-imposed the obligation to wear a face mask indoors, according to a ministry statement.

The obligatory wearing of face masks indoors in Israel was lifted on June 15, but since then hundreds of new COVID-19 cases have been detected in the country, many of them school students. (Israel-Face Mask-Outbreak)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohsen Baharvand dismissed on Friday as "heavily politicized" an official Canadian report on the Ukrainian airplane crash near Tehran in January 2020.

"Legally, the Canadian authorities do not have any authority to issue unilateral and arbitrary reports or comments regarding the reports on air accidents within the jurisdiction of another country," Baharvand said in statements quoted by official news agency IRNA. (Iran-Canada-Airplane Crash) Enditem

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