Tue, 19 Oct 2021

Xinhua world news summary at 0100 GMT, Sept. 19

19 Sep 2021, 11:44 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Saturday described the full membership of Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) as a "diplomatic success."

"The presence of the Islamic Republic of Iran as a key member of the SCO creates a strong economic connection for the people of our country, which means connecting Iran to the economic infrastructure of Asia," Raisi said upon arrival in Tehran from the Tajik capital of Dushanbe.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other responsible ministries must provide necessary conditions to take advantage of this new opportunity as soon as possible, he said according to the presidential website. (Iran-SCO-Membership)

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WASHINGTON/HOUSTON -- U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday it would start to swiftly deport thousands of Haitian migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally and gathering under a bridge in Del Rio, a border city in south central U.S. state Texas.

The Biden administration has three flights planned for Sunday, and more could be scheduled for the coming days, according to a New York Times report, citing an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Under the plan by the Department of Homeland Security, the Biden administration will "accelerate the pace and increase the capacity" of removal flights to Haiti and other destinations in the next 72 hours, said the report. (US-Migrants)

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JERUSALEM -- The death toll from the coronavirus in Israel rose by 42 to 7,507 on Saturday, the state's Ministry of Health said.

The ministry also reported 4,863 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the tally of infections in the country to 1,219,374.

The number of patients in serious condition increased from 658 to 717, while total recoveries from the virus climbed to 1,127,340 after 8,674 newly recovered cases were recorded. Active cases stand at 84,527. (Israel-COVID-19-Death Toll)

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