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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Sept. 22

23 Sep 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations on Wednesday announced the release of 45 million U.S. dollars in emergency funds to help prevent Afghanistan's health care system from collapse.

"Allowing Afghanistan's health care delivery system to fall apart would be disastrous. People across the country would be denied access to primary health care such as emergency caesarian sections and trauma care," said UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths in a statement. (UN-Afghanistan-Health)

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ABUJA -- Four people were killed and seven others critically injured after a passenger bus lost control and plunged into a river in central Nigeria's Kogi state on late Tuesday, the country's road safety police said on Wednesday.

In a statement, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said two persons are still missing, adding that the bus, carrying 15 passengers, suddenly lost control in the Koton Karfe axis of Kogi. (Nigeria-Bus-River)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Fighting continued Wednesday between Yemen's government forces and the Houthi rebels over the control of the country's oil-rich province of Shabwa, a military official told Xinhua.

"The government dispatched heavy reinforcements backed by armored vehicles sparking ferocious battles with the rebels in Shabwa's western parts," the local military source said on condition of anonymity. (Yemen-Houthis-Killed)

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MADRID -- The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands is expected to last between 24 and 84 days, the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands (INVOLCAN) said on Wednesday.

Accordingly, the flare-up, which began on Sunday afternoon, is not projected to last longer than the volcano's three previous recorded eruptions (24 days in 1971, 47 days in 1949 and 56 days in 1712). (Spain-Volcano)

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TEHRAN -- Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the government of President Ebrahim Raisi will resume nuclear talks aimed at the revival of 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Wednesday.

"We are seriously reviewing the history of (nuclear) negotiations, and the new government will resume the talks," Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. (Iran-Vienna Talks)

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