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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, July 21

21 Jul 2021, 11:05 GMT+10

MADRID -- The Spanish government opened on Tuesday its auction for the concessions for its 5G networks in the 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency in a move it expects to bring in 1.5 billion euros (1.76 billion U.S. dollars) in revenues.

Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone are the only service providers that will take part in the bidding for concessions that will have a minimum duration of 20 years and will come with an optional 20-year extension. (Spain-technology-5G)


WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House official, both fully vaccinated, have tested positive for coronavirus after attending an event together, media reported on Tuesday.

"Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 off-campus," the White House said in a statement, noting the staffer is now self-isolating. (U.S.-Politics officials-test positive)


RABAT -- Moroccan King Mohammed VI granted pardons on Tuesday to 761 people on the occasion of the Eid al-Adha holiday, the Moroccan Justice Ministry said in a statement.

Eid al-Adha, or feast of sacrifice, is one of the most significant Islamic festivals of the year. Like several other Arab countries, Morocco has a tradition to grant pardons to prisoners on Eid al-Adha. (Morocco-Eid al-Adha-Pardon)


LAGOS -- Ten people were killed and eight others injured on Tuesday in a road accident in Nigeria's central state of Kwara.

The accident occurred on the outskirts of Ilorin, the state capital on Tuesday afternoon when a black commercial Toyota Hiace bus lost control as a result of overspeeding and somersaulted on the road, said Jonathan Owoade, sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Kwara. (Nigeria-road accident)


WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said on Tuesday that U.S. forces had conducted an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.

"In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, U.S. Africa Command forces conducted one airstrike against al-Shabaab in the vicinity of Galkayo, Somalia, July 20, 2021," Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia King said in a statement. (U.S.-Somalia-airstrike)


VANCOUVER -- Canada's British Columbia province declared a provincewide state of emergency against ongoing wildfires Tuesday afternoon.

More than 3,000 wildfire personnel are currently battling blazes around the province. The state of emergency will take effect at midnight Tuesday and will last at least 14 days. (Canada-state of emergency-wildfire)

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