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RIGA -- Latvia said on Saturday that at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine has been given to more than one million people of its around-1.9 million population, as the country has so far been lagging behind most other European countries by the rate of vaccination.

At least the first vaccine dose has been administered to 1,006,454 people, or 53.47 percent of the population, while 925,754 (49.18 percent) of them have already completed their vaccine course, according to the National Health Service. (Latvia-COVID-19-Vaccination)

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UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday welcomed the unilateral declaration of a nationwide cease-fire by the government of the Central African Republic (CAR).

The secretary-general commended the critical step in line with the Joint Roadmap for Peace in the Central African Republic adopted by the international conference on the Great Lakes Region on Sept. 16, said his spokesman Stephane Dujarric in a statement. (UN-CAR-Truce)

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TASHKENT -- Uzbek officials and a Taliban delegation from Afghanistan held talks Saturday on a series of issues, including economic ties and border security, in the Uzbek border city of Termez.

Both sides "discussed issues of trade and economic interaction, border security, cooperation in the energy sector, international cargo transportation and transit," the Uzbek foreign ministry said in a statement. (Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Border-Economy)

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MADRID -- The island of La Palma suffered 36 earthquakes in the early hours of Saturday morning, as it went into the 28th day since the start of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, with one of those the strongest felt on the island during the current volcanic episode.

A quake of 4.6 on the Richter Scale was measured in the municipality of Mazo at a depth of 37 km at 04:41 local time (03:41 GMT) by the Spanish Geographical Institute (IGN), followed by a further quake measuring 4.5 at 6:07 (05:07 GMT) in the same area. (Spain-Volcano)

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