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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Jan. 16

16 Jan 2021, 21:05 GMT+10

HERAT, Afghanistan -- An insider attack killed 12 pro-government militiamen in Ghorian district of the western Herat province on Friday night, provincial police spokesman Abdul Ahad Walizada said Saturday.

According to the official, two alleged Taliban infiltrators in the pro-government militia opened fire on fellow militiamen in Ghorian district of Herat province Friday when they were taking dinner, killing 12 on the spot and escaped with their arms and ammunition to rejoin Taliban. (Afghanistan-Insider Attack)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI -- At least one policeman was killed and two others were injured as a blast rocked Pul-e-Khumri city, the capital of northern Baghlan province on Saturday, provincial police spokesman Ahmad Jawed Basharat said.

The blast took place at around 10:00 a.m. local time in Karkar area, a village in the Police District 2 of Pul-e-Khumri city, killing one police officer on the spot and injuring two others, the official said. (Afghanistan-Blast-Death)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the nationwide vaccination drive on Saturday to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the day as many as 300,000 recipients would receive their first shot of the vaccine at 3,006 sites set up across the country. Around 100 beneficiaries will be vaccinated at each session site on the inaugural day. (India-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar is resigning on Jan. 20, citing the violence on Capitol Hill last week, according to his resignation letter leaked Friday.

In the letter dated Jan. 12, Azar said "the actions and rhetoric following the election, especially during the past week, threaten to tarnish" the legacies of the administration of President Donald Trump, and "the attacks on the Capitol were an assault on our democracy and on the tradition of peaceful transitions of power." (US-HHS-Vaccine)

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