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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Jan. 12

12 Jan 2021, 22:55 GMT+10

MOSCOW -- A fire in a nine-story residential building in the western Russian city of Yekaterinburg killed eight people Tuesday, including one child, according to the regional Investigative Committee.

"The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the reported death of eight people, including a child, whose bodies were discovered while extinguishing the fire," the committee said in a statement.

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government said Monday that new tariffs on aircraft parts and other products from France and Germany will take effect Tuesday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a notice that it will start collecting an additional 15-percent duties on certain parts of large civil aircraft from France and Germany, and 25-percent duties on other products from the two countries.

"The revisions to the listed products are effective for imports, or warehouse withdrawals for consumption, on or after 12:01 a.m. January 12, 2021," the notice said.

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HAVANA -- Cuba condemns its inclusion in a U.S. list of countries that sponsor terrorism, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez said Monday.

Cuba condemns the U.S.-announced "hypocritical and cynical designation" of the country as "a state sponsoring terrorism," the minister said on Twitter.

"The U.S. political opportunism is recognized by those who are honestly concerned about the scourge of terrorism and its victims," he added.

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BUENOS AIRES -- Argentine Health Minister Gines Gonzalez Garcia on Monday urged the public to keep up preventive measures against COVID-19 to avoid straining the healthcare system.

While new therapies were coming to light, such as hyperimmune equine serum found to be safe and effective in treating moderate to severe cases, as well as vaccines, prevention was the best, said Gonzalez.

"Today we have equine serum, vaccines and many advances, but nothing beats individual behavior, and if we do not retake the idea of taking care of ourselves, this is going to get very complicated," he warned in a radio interview, according to state news agency Telam.

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