Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 30

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ANKARA -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Türkiye may respond "differently" to Finland's NATO bid in a way that would "shock" Sweden, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

"We may respond differently to Finland if necessary. Sweden would be shocked when we respond differently to Finland. But Finland should not make the same mistake," Erdogan said at a meeting in the northwestern province of Bilecik. (Türkiye-Finland-Sweden-NATO Bids)

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DAR ES SALAAM -- Tanzanian health authorities on Sunday marked World Leprosy Day and announced a new program aimed at eliminating leprosy in the country by 2030.

Deputy Minister for Health Godwin Mollel said the program entailed the identification of all leprosy patients in the East African nation. (Tanzania-Leprosy)

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JOHANNESBURG -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday that the electricity crisis in the country continues to undermine economic growth and investment.

"Load shedding damages businesses, disrupts households, compromises the provision of social services, and affects the safety and well-being of the people," Ramaphosa, also president of South Africa's ruling party African National Congress (ANC), made the remarks at the ANC's National Executive Council lekgotla. (South Africa-Electricity Crisis-Ramaphosa)

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LAGOS -- Eleven people were killed in a collision between a truck and a bus in Nigeria's southwestern state of Ondo, local authorities said on Sunday.

Sikiru Alonge, a commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ondo, said in a statement that the truck drove against traffic on Sunday morning and had a head-on collision with the bus along a road in the Odigbo area of the state. (Nigeria-Bus Collision)

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TOKYO -- Three foreign tourists were rescued after being caught in an avalanche on Sunday at a ski resort in Otari village of Japan's Nagano prefecture, local media reported.

The accident took place at around 2:30 p.m. local time (0530 GMT) in the backcountry area outside the course of Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort, on a slope eastside of Mount Norikura at an altitude of more than 2,100 meters. (Japan-Avalanche-Rescue)

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LONDON -- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday fired chair of the ruling Conservative Party Nadhim Zahawi from the government after an investigation into his tax affairs found "a serious breach" of the ministerial code.

Zahawi, who last year was briefly Britain's chancellor of the exchequer, or finance minister, during a period of political turmoil, had been under increasing pressure to resign in recent weeks amid allegations that he settled a multimillion-dollar unpaid tax bill with the authorities. (Britain-Conservative Party Chair) Enditem

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