LAGOS -- All Nigerian students kidnapped from their boarding school on Friday in the northwestern state of Zamfara have been released, Nigerian authorities said on Tuesday. (Nigeria-School-Abduction)
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LOS ANGELES -- San Diego Comic-Con, one of the largest annual comic and pop culture festivals in the world, will be held virtually again in 2021 due to concerns for public health and safety amid the ongoing pandemic, organizers said Monday.
The annual in-person event, scheduled to take place in San Diego in the U.S. state of California, had been canceled for the first time in half a century in 2020 and replaced by a virtual event. More than 135,000 people came to the event in the summer of 2019. (US-San Diego Comic-Con)
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VIENTIANE -- The Lao government will step up human resource development and cooperation with development partners to ensure that Laos is able to graduate from the Least Developed Country Category in 2026.
Local daily Vientiane Times on Tuesday quoted Lao Minister of Foreign Affairs Saleumxay Kommasith as saying that during a recent triennial review of Least Developed Countries, Laos was recommended for graduation with an extended 5-year preparatory period, effectively setting graduation in 2026. (Laos-Cooperation-Development)
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WELLINGTON -- Crude oil import volumes more than doubled in the December 2020 quarter, bouncing back from recent lows, New Zealand's statistics department Stats NZ said on Tuesday.
Import volumes for primary fuels and lubricants, which primarily covers crude oil, rose 129.4 percent on the previous quarter. The rise follows two consecutive quarters of falling import volumes in June and September 2020, Stats NZ said. (New Zealand-Crude Oil-Import)