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Xinhua world economic news summary at 0900 GMT, March 7

7 Mar 2021

WASHINGTON -- The evenly split U.S. Senate on Saturday narrowly passed a 1.9-trillion-U.S.-dollar COVID-19 relief bill after a marathon overnight session that continued until midday, with lawmakers voting along party lines.

The Senate approved the bill by a vote of 50 to 49, and Senator Dan Sullivan, a Republican from Alaska, missed the vote. (US-Senate-Relief)

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ADDIS ABABA -- Around 365,015 hectares of cropland have been destroyed by a desert locust invasion, the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has disclosed.

"Ethiopia is experiencing its worst desert locust outbreak in 25 years, which exacerbates an already alarming food security and nutrition situation," the UNOCHA said in a press statement issued Friday. "The desert locust invasion has so far damaged 365,015 hectares of cropland across multiple regions, devastating crops and livelihoods in at least 76 localities in the country." (Ethiopia-Desert Locust Invasion-Damage)

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SOFIA -- An Air France plane en route from Paris to New Delhi made a forced landing in Sofia on Friday evening after a passenger attacked crew members, Bulgarian News Agency (BTA) reported on Saturday.

Prosecution sources said that the passenger, an Indian, behaved arrogantly with other passengers, attacked crew members and knocked on the cockpit doors. (Bulgaria-Plane)

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BANGKOK -- An estimated 14.7 million Thais and more than 1.5 million grocery stores, food stalls, restaurants and service shops throughout Thailand have benefited from the government's economic stimulus campaigns since last year, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Saturday.

In a podcast on the Thai government's Facebook page, the prime minister said some 14.7 million Thais have so far become eligible recipients to the economic stimulus campaigns while over 1.5 million grocery stores, food stalls, restaurants and service shops nationwide have joined in the campaigns, which have seen both sides benefit from them. (Thailand-Economy)

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