Xinhua’s World News Recap at 00:30 GMT, July 21
MADRID – The Spanish government on Tuesday opened its auctions for concessions for its 5G networks in the 700 megahertz (MHz) frequency in a move it hopes to generate 1.5 billion euros ($ 1.76 billion) from income.
Telefonica, Orange and Vodafone are the only service providers to participate in calls for tenders for concessions of a minimum duration of 20 years and with an optional extension of 20 years. (Spain-technology-5G)
WASHINGTON – A senior official to United States House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House official, both fully vaccinated, tested positive for the coronavirus after attending an event together, reported the media Tuesday.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 off campus,” the White House said in a statement, noting that the staff member is now self-isolating. (US-politicians-test positive)
RABAT – Moroccan King Mohammed VI pardoned 761 people on Tuesday on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, the Moroccan justice ministry said in a statement.
Eid al-Adha, or feast of sacrifice, is one of the most important Islamic holidays of the year. Like many other Arab countries, Morocco has a tradition of granting pardon to Eid al-Adha prisoners. (Morocco-Eid al-Adha-Pardon)
LAGOS – Ten people were killed and eight others injured in a traffic accident in central Nigerian state of Kwara on Tuesday.
The crash happened on the outskirts of Ilorin, the state capital, on Tuesday afternoon when a black Toyota Hiace commercial bus lost control due to overspeed and tumbled on the road, said Jonathan Owoade, area commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). in Kwara. (Nigeria-traffic accident)
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said on Tuesday that U.S. forces carried out an airstrike in Somalia against al-Shabaab, a terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda.
“In coordination with the Somali federal government, US Africa Command forces carried out an airstrike against al-Shabaab near Galkayo, Somalia on July 20, 2021,” the Pentagon spokeswoman said. Cynthia King in a statement. (US-Somalia-air strike)
VANCOUVER – The Canadian province of British Columbia declared a province-wide state of emergency on Tuesday afternoon against the ongoing wildfires.
More than 3,000 firefighters are currently fighting fires in the province. The state of emergency will come into effect Tuesday at midnight and will last at least 14 days. (Canada-state of emergency-forest fire)