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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, June 21

Xinhua
21 Jun 2022, 10:30 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- The Security Council on Monday strongly condemned Sunday's attack against the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, which left one peacekeeper from Guinea dead, as well as Saturday's attacks near Gao and near Bankass, in which dozens of civilians were killed.

In a press statement, the members of the council called on the Transitional Government of Mali to swiftly investigate the attack against peacekeepers and bring the perpetrators to justice, and keep the relevant troop-contributing country informed of the progress. (UN-Mali-Attacks)

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RABAT -- Morocco and the United States on Monday launched the annual "African Lion" joint military exercise with the participation of other foreign troops.

This 18th edition drill sees the participation of 10 countries including those outside Africa, as well as some 20 military observers, Morocco news agency MAP said. (Morocco-Military Drill)

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MOSCOW -- Russia has called on Lithuania to immediately lift its ban on the transit of a large number of goods through its territory to Russia's Kaliningrad region, Russian foreign ministry said Monday.

The ministry summoned the Lithuanian charge d'affaires earlier in the day. (Russia-Lithuania-Kaliningrad)

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FRANKFURT -- The influx of Ukrainians fleeing the Russia-Ukraine conflict could slightly ease the tightness observed in the euro area labor market, according to a monthly report published by the European Central Bank (ECB) on Monday.

Around 7 million people, mostly women and children, have left Ukraine, said the ECB in the report quoting the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, adding that a significant proportion of them is expected to reach the euro zone. (ECB-Ukraine-Refugee)

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LOS ANGELES -- The overall life expectancy in the United States increased by 2.3 years from 2000 to 2019, but varied significantly among racial and ethnic groups, according to a new study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

The study examined trends in life expectancy at the county level in the United States. (U.S.-Coronavirus-Study)

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