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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Sept. 23

23 Sep 2021, 11:18 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at the record-low level of near zero, while signaling that the central bank may begin tapering asset purchases soon despite the Delta variant increasing economic uncertainty.

The Fed has pledged to continue its asset purchase program at least at the current pace of 120 billion U.S. dollars per month until "substantial further progress" has been made on employment and inflation since last December. (US Fed-Benchmark Interest Rate)

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UNITED NATIONS -- Over half of Yemen's population, 16 million people, are "marching towards starvation," and unless the international community steps up support, food assistance could soon run out, the United Nations warned on Wednesday.

Speaking at a virtual gathering of aid and development ministers, David Beasley, executive director of the World Food Programme, described a worsening humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Houthi rebel offensive is making gains in the strategic region of Marib. (UN-WFP-Yemen)

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JERUSALEM -- Jewish and Arab women rallied in Jerusalem on Wednesday to mark the International Day of Peace and call for a peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

"We marched in Jerusalem, demanding the advancement of an agreement," Women Wage Peace, an Israeli peace group composed of Jewish and Arab women that organized the event, said in a statement. (Women's March-Israel-Palestinian)

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KAMPALA -- Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Wednesday ordered the reopening of worship centers as the country continues to register a decline in new COVID-19 cases.

Museveni in a televised address on the update of the COVID-19 situation in the East African country said places of worship can reopen as long as they keep a maximum quota of 200 people and strictly adhere to the prevention measures including social distancing, face mask wearing and sanitization. (Uganda-Worship Places-COVID-19-Lockdown)

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