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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, April 11

11 Apr 2021, 22:44 GMT+10

NAIROBI -- Kenya's elephant population has gradually increased at an annual rate of approximately 2.8 percent over the last three decades amid declining poaching, a wildlife research institute said on Sunday.

"This success is attributed to enhanced government initiatives to combat poaching and trophy trafficking, and the continued collaboration with national and international partners to stop the trade in ivory," the State-owned Wildlife Research and Training Institute said in a statement.

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NEW DELHI -- "Today, we are facing a strange situation. Now we have vaccines available, unlike in the earlier three waves when we didn't have the option of vaccines. But, despite the availability of vaccines, the number of new cases today is even more than during the earlier waves," said New Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

The Indian capital is witnessing its fourth COVID-19 wave as a single-day spike of 10,732 new COVID-19 cases was seen, in contrast to last month when less than 200 cases were being reported every day, he said.

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ISTANBUL -- "We believe that the current crisis must be resolved peacefully by diplomatic means in line with the territorial integrity of Ukraine and international laws," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday at a joint press conference with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky here.

Erdogan called for a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the "worrying developments" in eastern Ukraine between Kiev and Moscow.

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LONDON -- The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh is to be a "ceremonial royal funeral", rather than a state funeral, which "very much reflects the duke's wishes", a Buckingham Palace spokesman said Saturday.

The event will be held at Windsor on April 17, with no public access nor public procession beforehand, according to the spokesman.

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