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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, April 14

14 Apr 2021, 23:55 GMT+10

BRUSSELS -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday the time has come for international forces to pull out from Afghanistan.

"Together, we went into Afghanistan to deal with those who attacked us and to make sure that Afghanistan would not again become a haven for terrorists who might attack any of us," Blinken said as he arrived at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels.

"Together, we have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve and now it is time to bring our forces home," Blinken said ahead of talks with NATO partners.

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TEHRAN -- The launch of IR-6 centrifuges and 60-percent uranium enrichment were "a response to the evils" committed by other countries, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"That we announced we will activate IR-6 centrifuges in Natanz or increase enrichment to 60 percent today is the answer to your evils," Rouhani told a cabinet meeting.

"You cannot make plots against the Iranian nation and commit crimes in Natanz," he said, adding that "we will respond."

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KABUL -- At least 51 people were killed in insurgent activities and clashes in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, according to a local independent war monitoring group on Wednesday.

"Within the past 24 hours, our team has documented 51 deaths, including three civilians, six Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) members, and 42 Taliban militants," Reduction in Violence (RiV) said on the social media platform twitter.

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NEW DELHI -- India's federal finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Indian government has no plan to impose a nationwide lockdown amid the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Asian country.

Sitharaman said that the federal government does not want to totally arrest the economy and the second wave of COVID-19 in the country will be handled through isolation and quarantine methods at the local level.

"With the second wave, we are very clear we are not going in for a lockdown in a big way. We don't want to totally arrest the economy. The local level isolation of patients and keeping people in quarantine are methods through which the crisis of the second wave will be handled," she said during a virtual interaction with World Bank Group President David Malpass on Tuesday evening.

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WASHINGTON -- Kim Potter, a veteran female police officer who fatally shot 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, U.S. state Minnesota, resigned on Tuesday, along with the city's police chief.

"I am tendering my resignation from the Brooklyn Center Police Department effective immediately," Potter, 48, said in a letter obtained by local media outlets.

"I believe it is in the best interest of the community, the department, and to my fellow officers if I resign immediately," Potter said.

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