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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, Jan. 22

22 Jan 2022, 11:05 GMT+10

UNITED NATIONS -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday raised five alarms for the world for 2022.

"I want to begin the year by raising five alarms -- on COVID-19, global finance, climate action, lawlessness in cyberspace, and peace and security," he told the UN General Assembly in a briefing on his priorities for 2022. "We face a 5-alarm global fire that requires the full mobilization of all countries." (UN-Alarms-2022)

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ADEN, Yemen -- Yemen's Houthi group reported on Friday that the death toll in an airstrike launched by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition on a temporary prison in Yemen has risen to 77.

According to a statement released by the Houthi-controlled Ministry of Health, "more than 77 killed prisoners and nearly 146 wounded have been transported by ambulances to the hospitals of Saada so far." (Yemen-Airstrike-Prison)

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NEW YORK -- Dozens of U.S. Congress members Thursday sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden asking for the review and overhaul of existing counterterrorism policy, which killed innocent civilians and eroded the rule of law and the United States' image abroad.

"Without systematic reforms centered on human rights and international law, the status quo will continue to undermine counterterrorism objectives, produce significant human and strategic costs and erode the rule of law and the United States' image abroad," said the letter signed by 11 senators and 39 members of the House of Representatives. (U.S.-Joe Biden-Counterterrorism)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Boeing announced on Friday that the company and the British Ministry of Defence have signed an agreement for Boeing to provide long-term training, support and sustainment for the British Army's new fleet of 50 Apache AH-64E helicopters.

With 14 of the new variant already in the UK, the new Apache AH-64E fleet will grow to 50, with deliveries expected to be completed in 2024. (Boeing-UK-Helicopter)

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