Xinhua world news summary at 0530 GMT, Sept. 22

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MANILA -- The Asian Development Bank (ADB) lowered its 2021 economic growth outlook for developing Asia as the region grapples with COVID-19 pandemic fueled by the more virulent Delta variant and uneven progress on vaccination, according to an update to Asian Development Outlook (ADO) released on Wednesday.

The report, ADB's widely followed economic publication, forecasts developing Asia to grow by 7.1 percent this year, lower than the 7.3 percent projection in April. The growth outlook for 2022 is raised to 5.4 percent from 5.3 percent, supported by a broad recovery in exports. (ADB-Asia-Outlook)

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ABUJA -- China and Nigeria launched a cultural week here on Tuesday to strengthen the traditional friendship between the two peoples.

The "China-Nigeria Cultural Week" was declared open during an event held to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, one of China's traditional festivals.

Speaking at the event, Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Cui Jianchun said the celebration was a special and worthy one as this year also marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (Nigeria-China-Culture)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has urged Pfizer to seek approval to administer its coronavirus vaccine to children as young as five.

Greg Hunt, the Minister for Health, on Tuesday encouraged Pfizer to have its COVID-19 vaccine approved for children aged 5-11 in Australia after trials found the vaccine developed antibodies at levels equally as strong as teenagers and young adults. (Australia-Canberra-COVID) Enditem

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