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Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, June 22

23 Jun 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

MOSCOW -- Russia has accused the United States and Britain of targeting the website of the country's election commission through cyberattacks.

"We are constantly faced with attempts to change or replace information on the website, attempts to take control of it, restrict its operation and so on," Central Election Commission Chairwoman Ella Pamfilova told reporters on Tuesday. (Russia-Cyberattacks)

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NEW DELHI -- India's Health Ministry on Tuesday alerted the states of Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh on a new variant of COVID-19 called Delta Plus.

The ministry described Delta Plus as a Variant of Concern (VOC). (India-COVID 19-Variant)

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UNITED NATIONS -- The UN secretary-general's special representative for Afghanistan warned on Tuesday that the situation on the ground in the country is dire.

"I cannot overstate to the council my concern regarding the present situation in Afghanistan. All of the major trends -- politics, security, the peace process, the economy, the humanitarian emergency, and COVID -- all of these trends are negative or stagnant," Deborah Lyons, the top UN envoy for Afghanistan, told the Security Council in a briefing. (UN-Afghanistan)

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MOSCOW -- The entire system of European security has been significantly degraded, while tensions are rising and the risks of a new arms race are becoming real, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.

He made the remarks in an article published in the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit to mark the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Soviet Union's Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. (Russia-West-Relations)

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