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KHARTOUM -- At least 48 people were killed in a tribal conflict in Sudan's West Darfur state, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors, a non-governmental organization, said in a statement on Monday.

"Initial reports indicated that there have been 48 deaths from live ammunition and a large number of injuries, some critical, as a result of the bloody conflict in Kirainik area in West Darfur state," read the statement. (Sudan-Conflict-Darfur)

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HAVANA -- Cuban health authorities on Monday began the massive application of booster vaccine doses against COVID-19 for Havana residents with the home-grown Abdala vaccine.

During the first phase of the campaign, people living in four out of the city's 15 municipalities will be offered booster shots. (Cuba-Vaccination-Booster shot)

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JUBA -- South Sudan and China on Monday launched the second phase of the China-Aided Technical Cooperation Project in Education that will see the capacity building for local teachers and also the printing of more textbooks for learners.

The second phase of the project to be funded with a grant of nearly 20 million U.S. dollars from the Chinese government will also include compilation and printing of primary school textbooks for the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, the capacity building of teachers and educational management personnel. (South Sudan-China-Education)

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LONDON -- A further 90 cases of the new Omicron COVID variant have been reported in Britain, taking the total to 336, British health authorities confirmed Monday.

These include 64 new cases in England, 23 in Scotland and three in Wales. Northern Ireland has still not seen any confirmed Omicron cases.

Professor Paul Hunter, an expert in infectious diseases from the University of East Anglia, told the BBC the Omicron variant could start "outcompeting" the dominant Delta variant within weeks. (Britain-COVID)

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BAGHDAD -- At least six militants of the Islamic State (IS) group were killed when Iraqi warplanes carried out an airstrike on their hideout in Iraq's western province of Anbar, the Iraqi military said on Monday.

The Iraqi warplanes conducted the airstrike after a reconnaissance plane of the international coalition spotted the hideout in a desert area in Anbar province, Yahia Rasoul, spokesperson of the commander-in-chief of the Iraqi forces, said in a statement. (Iraq-IS-Airstrike) Enditem

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