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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Feb. 27

27 Feb 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations on Friday called for the immediate release of several hundred schoolgirls kidnapped from a secondary school in northwest Nigeria.

Peter Hawkins, representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the country, urged the assailants to let the teenagers go immediately. (UN-Nigeria-Schoolgirls)

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats-held House is expected to approve U.S. President Joe Biden's 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief package Friday night, despite Republican opposition to the massive aid plan.

"If every single thing in Democrats' $1.9 trillion dollar blowout is important to 'COVID relief,' (House) Speaker (Nancy) Pelosi should allow an up-or-down vote on each item separately," Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the lower chamber, said in a tweet Friday afternoon. (US-House-Relief Package)

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WASHINGTON -- A declassified U.S. intelligence report released on Friday assessed that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud approved an operation to "capture or kill" Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

"We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi," read the executive summary of the 4-page report released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). (US-Saudi Arabia- Khashoggi)

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RIGA -- While Latvia is still struggling to cope with persistently high COVID-19 incidence and a slowdown in its vaccine rollout, epidemiologists and officials are warning about a looming third wave of coronavirus infections.

Jurijs Perevoscikovs, a senior epidemiologist at the Latvian Center for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), informed on Friday that after several weeks of gradual improvement, in the past seven days the number of COVID-19 cases have been on the rise again. (Latvia-COVID-19)

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