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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, April 14

15 Apr 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, following his first shot on March 23.

Putin made the announcement at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society via video link.

"I hope that everything will be fine. Not just hope, I have confidence in it," he told the participants. (Russia-Putin-Vaccination)

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BAGHDAD -- Iraqi President Barham Salih and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called for easing tensions in the region.

During a phone call, the two leaders exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan and discussed means to develop bilateral relations at various levels, according to a statement by the Presidency. (Iraq-Iran-Regional Tensions)

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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. (NATO-Blinken-Afghanistan)

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JAKARTA -- The death toll from the tropical cyclone Seroja that recently hit Indonesia's province of East Nusa Tenggara on Wednesday rose to 181, while 47 people remain missing, according to the latest official data.

At a virtual press conference held by the country's disaster mitigation agency on Wednesday afternoon, the province's deputy governor Josef Nae Soi reported that at least 250 people are still suffering injuries caused by the flash floods and landslides triggered by the cyclone earlier in April. (Indonesia-Cyclone-Death)

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KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- A police officer and two police constables were shot dead Wednesday by a man in Afghan police uniform in Kunduz, a province in northern Afghanistan, the latest in a string of so-called insider attacks, local police confirmed.

The incident occurred when a man in Afghan National Police uniform opened fire on fellow colleagues who were in the line of duty in Police District (PD) 5 of the provincial capital Kunduz city roughly at midday, a provincial police told Xinhua anonymously. (Afghanistan-Insider Attack, 1st LD)

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