Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 16

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OTTAWA -- Canadian Defence Minister Anita Anand announced on Wednesday that Canada will provide Ukraine with 10 replacement barrels to enable the sustainment of M777 howitzer artillery guns.

In a news release, the defence minister said this military aid, valued at approximately 9 million Canadian dollars (7.2 million U.S. dollars), complements Canada's previous donation of M777 howitzers, over 20,000 rounds of compatible artillery ammunition, and the Canadian Armed Forces' training of Ukrainian Forces in the use of this equipment. (Canada-Ukraine-Military Aid)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The slaying of a humanitarian worker in northwest Syria on Wednesday, the 23rd since 2020, saddened the United Nations, said Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Dujarric told a regular briefing that the Syrian aid worker was killed by a car bomb on his way to work in al Bab in northern Aleppo. (UN-Aid Worker-Syria)

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DUBLIN -- China was Ireland's third largest source of imported goods in the first four months of this year, two places up compared with a year ago, according to official statistics released here on Wednesday.

In the first four months of this year, Ireland imported 3.79 billion euros (3.93 billion dollars) worth of goods from China, up nearly 57 percent compared with the same period of last year, the country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) said. (China-Ireland-Trade)

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark interest rate by 75 basis points, marking the sharpest rate hike since 1994, as data released in recent days indicated inflation showed no clear sign of easing.

"Inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher energy prices, and broader price pressures," the Fed said in a statement after a two-day policy meeting, adding that the Fed is "highly attentive to inflation risks." (U.S.-Fed-Rate) Enditem

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