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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Jan. 19

19 Jan 2021, 21:18 GMT+10

ATHENS -- Greek Coast Guard vessels retrieved the body of a man and located 24 refugees and migrants in a rocky site on Lesvos island, while three people have been reported missing, daily newspaper Kathimerini and other local media reported on Tuesday.

Survivors said that they were all on a dinghy trying to reach Greece from Turkey, while winds of 5 on the Beaufort scale were blowing in the area, according to Coast Guard sources.

A rescue operation is currently underway. (Greece-Migrants)

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey started vaccinating citizens residing or working in nursing homes against COVID-19 on Tuesday, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced.

Speaking at a meeting with the provincial health directors on Monday, Koca said the vaccinations would also cover people in disabled care centers and care homes, as well as citizens aged 90 and above. (Turkey-Vaccination)

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- Sixteen Afghan security forces members and two civilians along with several militants were killed, and many people were wounded in two separate clashes in restive northern Kunduz province during Monday night, authorities confirmed on Tuesday.

Eight security forces and two civilians were killed and four soldiers wounded after they repelled a Taliban militants' attack on security checkpoints in Bagh-e-Shirkat, a locality on outskirts of provincial capital Kunduz city, Mohammad Yousuf Ayoubi, chairman of provincial council, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Clashes)

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TOKYO -- At least one person died and 10 others were injured in a multiple-vehicle accident on a snowy expressway in northeastern Japan on Tuesday, as heavy snowfall blanketed wide areas of the country.

According to local police and firefighters, the pileup, involving over 130 vehicles and some 200 drivers and passengers, occurred around noon on the Tohoku Expressway in Osaki, Miyagi Prefecture. (Japan-Snow-Accident)

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