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Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, April 20

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21 Apr 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

TOKYO -- Tokyo stocks closed lower Tuesday, with the benchmark Nikkei stock index sinking to a one-month low on concerns that surging virus cases in Japan could lead to stricter business restrictions in urban areas and the slowing of the economic recovery.

"Some overseas speculators sold Japanese shares on worries about a virus resurgence and a slowdown of the economic recovery due to an emergency declaration," Toshikazu Horiuchi, equity strategist at IwaiCosmo Securities Co., was quoted as saying.

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BERLIN -- Consumption in Germany in 2020 went down by 6.1 percent year on year, the sharpest drop in 70 years, according to a study published by the German Economic Institute (IW) on Tuesday.

"Although consumers' employment prospects have improved significantly again since the deep slump in the second quarter of 2020, they are still not in a buying mood," IW noted.

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N'DJAMENA -- Chadian President Idriss Deby died Tuesday from injuries he received last weekend on the frontline of a fight against rebels, said the spokesperson for the Chadian army, General Azem Bermandoa Agouna, on national television.

"The President of the Republic, Head of State, Supreme Head of the Armed Forces, Idriss Deby Itno, has just had his last breath in defending territorial integrity on the battlefield. It is with deep bitterness that we announce to the Chadian people the death on Tuesday of Marshal of Chad," declared General Agouna.

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TEHRAN -- Tehran is not interested in a step-by-step plan to achieve results in the current nuclear talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

"We are not interested in such method to achieve results in Vienna talks," said Ali Rabiei at a weekly press briefing.

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PARIS -- Global energy-related CO2 emissions are on course to surge by 1.5 billion tonnes in 2021, reversing most of last year's decline caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report released by the Paris-based International Energy Agency (IEA) Tuesday.

"This is a dire warning that the economic recovery from the COVID crisis is currently anything but sustainable for our climate," said Executive Director of the IEA Fatih Birol. "Unless governments around the world move rapidly to start cutting emissions, we are likely to face an even worse situation in 2022."

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