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04 May 2021, 23:49 GMT+10

PARIS -- "When we have enough French people vaccinated, we can let down our guard," French Health Minister Olivier Veran was quoted by local broadcaster Europe 1 as saying on Tuesday.

France will not mandate the wearing of masks outdoors by summer if the country's vaccine rollout accelerates, Veran said.

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UNITED NATIONS -- "The secretary-general has been following developments along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border with concern," Stephane Dujarric, chief spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Monday.

"He extends his condolences for the lives lost in the clashes last week and wishes a speedy recovery for those involved," Dujarric said.

The top UN official welcomes the Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan ceasefire and urges efforts to ensure it holds, the spokesman said.

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WASHINGTON -- "This erases the historically low number set by the previous administration of 15,000, which did not reflect America's values as a nation that welcomes and supports refugees," U.S. President Joe Biden said in a statement.

The Biden administration on Monday raised the annual ceiling for new refugees allowed into the United States to 62,500, after its decision last month to keep the number at the level set by the previous administration caused backlash.

The new number, effective for fiscal year 2021 that ends on Sept. 30, marked an increase from the 15,000 cap set by the Donald Trump administration for the same 12-month period.

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SYDNEY -- "People don't need to be taking supplements to boost their nitrate levels because the study showed that one cup of leafy green vegetables each day is enough to reap the benefits for heart disease," said Dr. Catherine Bondonno, the lead researcher of a study that found people can significantly reduce risk for heart disease by eating one cup of nitrate-rich vegetables each day.

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