World News in Brief: January 27

Monday, 2020-01-27 12:28:30
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Four blasts took place Sunday (January 26) morning in India's northeastern state of Assam as the country began to celebrate its Republic Day, with no casualties reported so far, according to the police. Every January 26 is celebrated as the Republic Day in India as it marks adoption of the constitution in the country. The main celebration was held in New Delhi, where India's army, navy and air force display their skills and military might.

* Palestinian officials on Sunday slammed the US Middle East peace plan, ahead of a possible announcement by US President Donald Trump. The US peace deal, also known as the "Deal of the Century," has been rejected by Palestinians, who said they were not consulted on it.

* Peru's President Martin Vizcarra on Sunday voted in elections for a new legislature, some five months after he dissolved a Congress that was resisting his anti-corruption reforms.

* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday arrived in Algeria for a two-day official visit to boost bilateral cooperation and discuss regional and international issues.

* The Afghan Public Health Ministry launched a nationwide campaign on Monday to give polio vaccination dose to 9.1 million children under the age of five, the ministry said in a statement. The five-day campaign started on Monday in 30 of the country's 34 provinces.

* Agni Prasad Sapkota, a senior leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, was elected as the new speaker of House of Representatives (HoR) in Nepal on Sunday.

* The Israeli army said on Sunday that it struck a Hamas military post after a projectile and explosive balloons were sent from the Palestinian enclave into southern Israel. The military said that the strike in the southern Gaza Strip was a retaliation for the mortar and balloons, which hit open fields without causing injuries.

* The International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Sunday said that a total of 78 illegal immigrants have been rescued by the Libyan navy off western Libyan coast.

* Iran has a plan to increase recoverable oil from Azadegan oilfield in southwestern Khuzestan province, Iran's Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on Sunday, Press TV reported.

* Jordan's Prime Minister Omar Razzaz on Sunday reaffirmed the country's rejection of any unilateral measures aimed at changing the status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories.

* Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Sunday said he agreed with his visiting Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to support the outcome of the Berlin conference on Libya in a bid to reach sustainable cease-fire there.

* More than 1 million people in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka will receive the oral cholera vaccine next month. The Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) under the country's Ministry of Health Affairs made the announcement on Sunday at a press briefing in Dhaka.

* The death toll in heavy rainfall in southeast Brazil continued to mount, reaching 37 fatal victims, civil defense authorities said Sunday.

* Local authorities of Chile's southern region of Biobio issued a red alert on Saturday, after a forest fire burned 2.1 square km of vegetation. The fire zone also includes 0.05 square km of the Nonguen National Reserve in Concepcion province, a habitat for some endangered species.

* The death toll from a strong earthquake that rocked eastern Turkey on Friday has risen to 36, with 1,607 people injured, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) reported on Sunday.

* Gunshots were heard in a sensitive district in Nimes, southern France, no victim was reported, according to local newspaper Midi Libre. Police are on the scene to investigate into the incident.

Xinhua