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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Feb. 24

24 Feb 2021, 21:18 GMT+10

BANGKOK -- The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines that Thailand ordered from China's Sinovac Biotech arrived in the capital Bangkok Wednesday, putting the country on track to kickstart its national inoculation program.

The 200,000 doses, the first shipment among 2 million doses Thailand ordered from the Chinese biopharmaceutical firm, were delivered by a Thai Airways International cargo flight from Beijing to Bangkok. (Thailand-China-Vaccine)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said Tuesday that it was finalizing a new directive requiring enhanced safety check for all Boeing 777-200 airplanes with Pratt & Whitney PW 4000 engines after an engine failure happened over the weekend.

"We have been working on this nonstop since Saturday afternoon, and I am confident that we will get it right," said Steve Dickson, head of the FAA, at a virtual town hall about commercial aviation safety. "We want to understand what happened and then take the necessary steps to prevent a similar occurrence in the future." (US-FAA-Engine)

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BAGHDAD -- U.S. President Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi discussed in a phone call the rocket attacks on diplomatic missions in Iraq and the importance of protecting them, according to a statement issued by the Iraqi Prime Minister's Office on Wednesday.

Al-Kadhimi received a phone call late on Tuesday evening from Biden, and the two sides discussed bilateral relations and ways to enhance cooperation in various fields, including security cooperation and combating terrorism, the statement said. (Iraq-U.S.-Biden)

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ATHENS -- A 7-year-old child lost his life in a fire that broke out on Tuesday night at a refugee camp near the Greek capital, Greek national news agency AMNA reported on Wednesday.

The child, who was hosted at the temporary camp with another six family members, was found unconscious and transferred to hospital while firemen were extinguishing the flames, according to sources in the Greek Migration and Asylum Ministry. (Greece-Refugee-Death)

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