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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 8

08 May 2021, 10:44 GMT+10

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) validated on Friday the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinopharm for emergency use, a move set to boost global vaccine rollout, particularly in the developing world.

"This afternoon, the WHO gave emergency use listing to Sinopharm Beijing's COVID-19 vaccine, making it the sixth vaccine to receive WHO validation for safety, efficacy and quality," said WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press briefing.

"This expands the list of vaccines that COVAX can buy and gives countries confidence to expedite their own regulatory approval, and to import and administer a vaccine," he said. (WHO-China-Sinopharm)

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TRIPOLI -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) said Friday that it has deported 160 illegal migrants from Libya to their home country Bangladesh this week.

"IOM this week facilitated the safe return of 160 Bangladeshi migrants stranded in Libya via its Voluntary Humanitarian Return (VHR) program," IOM said in a statement. (Libya-Illegal migrants)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that he is confident that a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin could be arranged in June, downplaying the impact of Russian-Ukrainian border tension to the summit.

"I'm confident we'll be able to do it. We don't have any specific time or place. That's being worked on," Biden told reporters in the White House when asked about meeting with Putin in June. (US Russia)

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SAN MARINO -- A series of celebrations and commemorative activities were held in San Marino on Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between San Marino and China.

Among the celebrations was a photo exhibition named "San Marino-China: 50 Years, 50 Images," featuring 50 photos that recorded the exchanges and profound friendship between the two countries over the past 50 years.

In addition, San Marino will issue special stamps in June marking the 50th anniversary. Other business and cultural exchange activities are set in July, including a business forum focusing on commercial relations. (San Marino-China-Relation)

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