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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Oct. 24

25 Oct 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani on Sunday played down Israel's recent threats and vowed his country's "tough" response.

He warned that Israel should think about rebuilding the damage caused by Iran's response, referring to Israel's allocation of substantial funds to counter Iran's nuclear program. (Iran-Israel-Threat)

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MOSCOW -- Russia isn't wrong for halting official dialogue with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) given its aggressiveness, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

"The aggressive position of NATO has never been a secret. This is a bloc that was created against our country. No peace-loving statements, no camouflage of this aggressive orientation can hide its true purpose," Peskov told a Russian TV program. (Russia-NATO-Confrontation)

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JERUSALEM -- A six-year multinational study led by Israeli researchers has found a key mechanism that helps plants cope with water shortages, Israeli Tel Aviv University (TAU) said on Sunday.

The finding was revealed in a study published in the journal Science Advances, conducted by researchers from TAU, in collaboration with their colleagues in Israel, Switzerland, Germany, the U.S. and Denmark. (Israel-Research-Water Shortage)

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TRIPOLI -- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Sunday said that 116 illegal migrants, including women and children, have been rescued and returned to Libya.

"Last night, 116 persons aboard a rubber boat were returned to Tripoli by Libyan Coast Guard," UNHCR tweeted. (Libya-Illegal Migrants)

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YANGON -- Myanmar reported 687 new COVID-19 cases with a daily test positivity rate of 4.83 percent in the past 24 hours, according to a release from the Ministry of Health on Sunday.

The number of COVID-19 infections has increased to 494,263 so far while its death toll was recorded at 18,538 after 27 more deaths were reported, the release said. (Myanmar-COVID-19)

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