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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, Sept. 17

Xinhua
17 Sep 2020, 22:30 GMT+10

TOKYO -- Japan's new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga began work as the nation's leader Thursday vowing to "meet people's expectations."

Speaking to reporters at the prime minister's office, Suga said his Cabinet would be results oriented.

"I want to meet people's expectations by creating a Cabinet that works for people and achieves results," Suga said.

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LAGOS -- Nigeria's organized labor has given the government a 14-day ultimatum to reverse the recent hikes in electricity tariff and fuel price, saying otherwise the country's workers may down tools.

"We are surprised that at a time other countries across the world are giving palliatives to their citizens to cushion the effect of COVID-19, Nigerians are asked to pay more for fuel and electricity," he said at the end of the body's central working committee meeting.

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BANGKOK -- Thai Police Deputy Spokesman Pol Col Kritsana Pattanacharoen on Thursday said an investigation has been launched into a shooting incident which occurred on Thursday, with five people, a grandfather, grandmother, mother, father and a nine-year-old boy found dead in their home in Bangkok.

"An investigation into the motive behind the killing has been launched, but police have yet ruled out whether the killings were the result of financial stress," said Kritsana, adding that the family runs an auto-parts trading business.

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CAPE TOWN -- South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday further eased COVID-19 restrictions in the country, allowing limited international travel, among others.

"Now, with the further progress we have made as infections have come down further, we are now ready for a new phase in our response to the pandemic," he said.

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MONTEVIDEO -- Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou said on Wednesday that his government is looking into how to allow the public to once again attend soccer matches, which returned on Aug. 8 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It will be with physical distancing and a small capacity, but we want to begin to recover this recreation for Uruguayans, in this case soccer, and in some types of outdoor sports as well," the president said during an interview with local radio show 'Carve.'

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