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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, July 6

06 Jul 2020, 22:59 GMT+10

CANBERRA -- The Australian government has announced a new Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) to boost the nation's waste and recycling capabilities.

"As we cease shipping our waste overseas, the waste and recycling transformation will reshape our domestic waste industry, driving job creation and putting valuable materials back into the economy," Sussan Ley, minister for the environment, said in a media release on Monday.

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JAKARTA -- The free trade deal between Indonesia and Australia that completely removes most trade tariffs for the products of the two nations and aims to ramp up investment has taken effect, Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said here.

"The preferential tariff of the IA-CEPA must be used by the Indonesian entrepreneurs to bolster exports and boost competitiveness," Suparmanto said.

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KIGALI -- Former Rwandan Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi has been arrested over bounced checks and breach of trust, the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) said Saturday.

"We can confirm that former Prime Minister Pierre Damien Habumuremyi is under police custody for issuing bounced checks worth 100 million Rwandan francs (about 105,000 U.S. dollars) and breach of trust," acting spokesperson of RIB Dominique Bahorera told Rwanda Television in a news program.

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ABUJA -- Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condemned the terrorist group Boko Haram for attacking a United Nations aid helicopter in the country's northeast region.

"This latest cowardly attack on the UN humanitarian helicopter is yet another desperate rearguard action by the Boko Haram terrorists who have been under intense pressure from the Nigerian military," the president said in a statement.

"Let me reassure the international community and Nigerians that this latest cowardly attack on a UN helicopter which claimed the lives of two people, including a five-year-old baby, would not go without severe consequences," he said.

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ZAGREB -- The ruling center-right Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ), led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, won the most seats in the parliamentary elections on Sunday and was expected to form a new government soon.

"We have had a difficult mandate full of temptations, and the challenges ahead may be even greater. These challenges require responsibility, experience, and knowledge," Plenkovic said in his victory speech around midnight on Sunday.

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