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Xinhua world news summary at 1100 GMT, Feb. 28

28 Feb 2021, 21:44 GMT+10

HARARE -- Zimbabwe's current Level 4 COVID-19 lockdown is due to end Monday, with President Emmerson Mnangagwa expected to announce whether there will be an extension or relaxation of restrictions.

The country experienced increased infections and deaths in January and early February following the festive season when there was a lot of traveling, but these have since declined as the government enforced the stringent lockdown restrictions. (Zimbabwe-Coronavirus-Lockdown)

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MOSCOW -- A Russian Mi-35 helicopter made an emergency landing for technical reasons during a scheduled patrol mission over the Al-Hasakah province of Syria on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The chopper was not attacked, the ministry said, adding that rescuers have transferred the Mi-35 crew to an airfield. (Russia-Helicopter-Incident)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand on Sunday started its COVID-19 vaccination roll-out, with the first shot, using China's Sinovac vaccine, going to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the event at the country's infectious disease institute, where other officials, including deputy public health minister, agriculture minister, culture minister and deputy education minister, were also vaccinated with the Sinovac vaccine. (Thailand-Coronavirus-Vaccine)

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YEREVAN -- Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan submitted another request to the president on Saturday to seek the dismissal of Onik Gasparyan, the chief of the army's general staff.

The move came shortly after President Armen Sarkissian refused to sign the request and said the motion to fire the military chief was unconstitutional. (Armenia-Army Chief-Dismissal)

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