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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Feb. 2

03 Feb 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

SEOUL -- South Korea and the United States staged joint air drills involving strategic U.S. bombers and fighters, Seoul's defense ministry said on Thursday.

Mobilized for the combined air exercises were B-1B strategic bombers and F-22 and F-35B stealth fighter jets from the U.S. air force as well as F-35A fighters from the South Korean air force. (S. Korea-U.S.-Joint Drills)

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KINSHASA -- More than 122,000 people are reported to have fled their homes in one day following escalating conflict in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), leaving thousands of children vulnerable to abuse, according to a report released Wednesday by a global charity.

Given that children comprise 53 percent of the DRC's population, it is estimated that 65,000 children are displaced, according to a report by Save the Children, citing United Nations data. (DRC-Armed conflict-Children)

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MOSCOW -- Eight people were killed and two other injured as a result of a fire at a temporary accommodation site for construction workers near Sevastopol, RIA Novosti reported Thursday.

The fire broke out in the early morning and covered an area of 200 square meters, it reported, citing local emergency services. (Sevastopol-Fire)

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ULAN BATOR -- The western Mongolian province of Bayan-Ulgii has been quarantined for 21 days starting from Wednesday due to an outbreak of deadly foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in animals, local media reported on Thursday.

"The highly contagious FMD has been diagnosed in three locations of Nogoonnuur soum (administrative subdivision) of our province. Therefore, a quarantine regime has been imposed in the province for a period of 21 days," the provincial governor's office said in a statement. (Mongolia-FMD)

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