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(230130) -- UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 30, 2023 (Xinhua) -- UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths (C, Rear) speaks at a press briefing on the situation in Afghanistan at the UN headquarters in New York, on Jan. 30, 2023. A mission of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee to Afghanistan has reported positive signs concerning women's rights in the country. (Xinhua/Xie E)
(230130) -- UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 30, 2023 (Xinhua) -- UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths speaks at a press briefing on the situation in Afghanistan at the UN headquarters in New York, on Jan. 30, 2023. A mission of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee to Afghanistan has reported positive signs concerning women's rights in the country. (Xinhua/Xie E)
STORY: Iraqi female Taekwondo coach seeks to train more women
DATELINE: Jan. 31, 2023
LOCATION: ERBIL, Iraq
1. various of the training
2. SOUNDBITE 1 (Kurdish): AVAN MUHAMMAD ISMAIL, Taekwondo trainer
3. various of the training
4. SOUNDBITE 2 (Kurdish): AVAN MUHAMMAD ISMAIL, Taekwondo trainer
A Taekwondo trainer, Avan Muhammad Ismail, seeks to train more girls and women in Taekwondo martial arts, in order to increase the participation of women in tournaments and help them defend themselves when necessary.
Ismail, a female Taekwondo instructor with a 3rd Dan black belt, spends five years developing her abilities in the game, and has trained dozens of girls and boys in the Taekwondo game at the "Fast Kicks Taekwondo School" in Erbil.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Kurdish): AVAN MUHAMMAD ISMAIL, Taekwondo trainer
"The importance of this game lies in the fact that it is necessary for all members of society, especially women and girls, in order to defend themselv
STORY: Tunisians vote in 2nd round of legislative elections
DATELINE: Jan. 30, 2023
1. various of a polling center in Tunis
2. various of voters
Tunisians on Sunday started voting in the second round of legislative elections, the Tunisian Independent High Authority for Elections (ISIE) said.
A total of 4,222 voting centers and 10,012 polling stations opened from 8 a.m. (0700 GMT) to 6 p.m. (1700 GMT) local time.
"The total number of candidates running for this round reached 262, including 34 women," said the ISIE President Farouk Bouasker at a press conference held in Tunis late Saturday night.
The announcement of the preliminary results of the second round of the elections will be no later than Feb. 1, and the final results, after the end of the appeals, will be announced before March 4, according to Bouasker.
The first round of Tunisia's legislative elections, which took place on Dec. 17, saw a low turnout rate of 11.22 percent,
STORY: Chinese shuttlers win two titles at Indonesia Masters
DATELINE: Jan. 30, 2023
1. various of the games
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): ZHANG SHUXIAN, Women's doubles player
Chinese shuttlers collected two gold medals on Sunday at the 2023 Indonesia Masters.
Women's doubles pair Liu Shengshu and Zhang Shuxian beat the Japanese duo of Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 22-20, 21-19 in a match full of long rallies, which tested the nerves and stamina of both pairs.
SOUNDBITE (Chinese): ZHANG SHUXIAN, China's Women's doubles player
"The result is surprising. It's the first time for us to compete as a pair. We wanted to learn from other players through this competition. We didn't think we would win. We just tried to do our best."
Zhang was formerly paired with Zheng Yu, with the duo reaching No. 4 in the world. Her current partner Liu, 18, is the reigning world junior champion in both women's and mixed doubles categories.
In the mixed doub
STORY: Chinese shuttlers reach semifinals in all categories at Indonesia Masters
DATELINE: Jan. 28, 2023
1. various of the venues and audiences
2. various of the games
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese): HAN YUE, Chinese badminton player in Woman's Single
4. various of the games
Chinese shuttlers delivered another convincing performance at the 2023 Indonesia Masters in Jakarta on Friday as they advanced into semifinals in all categories.
In a tough battle against home favorites Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, China's Liu Yuchen and Ou Xuanyi won 11-21, 21-13, 25-23 in front of a loud home crowd in just over an hour to reach the men's doubles semifinal, facing compatriots He Jiting and Zhou Haodong, who beat Malaysian pair Aaron Chia and Soh Wooi Yik on Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the men's singles, Shi Yuqi bested his countryman Lu Guangzu 21-10, 21-17 and is now scheduled to face Jonatan Christie of Indonesia.
Women's doubles pa
STORY: Exhibition of contemporary women artists held in Madrid
DATELINE: Jan. 25, 2023
1. various of the exhibition
2. SOUNDBITE 1 (Spanish): PABLO ALVAREZ, Visitor from Madrid
3. various of the exhibition
4. SOUNDBITE 2 (Spanish): ISABEL JESUS, Visitor from Madrid
5. various of the exhibition
6. SOUNDBITE 3 (Spanish): ANA RUIZ, Visitor from Madrid
The China Cultural Center in Madrid (CCCM) is presenting an exhibition of contemporary Chinese and Spanish women artists in Madrid, as part of the activities of the Chinese New Year.
The exhibition, which is held from Jan. 11 to March 3, brings together art pieces by 47 Chinese and Spanish artists who share, with different languages, the richness and energy of spring from "their perspective."
SOUNDBITE 1 (Spanish): PABLO ALVAREZ, Visitor from Madrid
"I really like the mix of paintings of Spanish and Chinese women. The feminine root shows that it is something totally common to humanity. I
STORY: Freezing weather claims 104 lives in Afghanistan in 2 weeks
DATELINE: Jan. 24, 2023
1. various of street views after a snowfall in Kabul, Afghanistan
2. various of countryside views after a snowfall in Jawzjan Province, Afghanistan
Heavy snowfall and freezing weather have claimed 104 lives including children and women in Afghanistan over the past two weeks, spokesman for the Ministry of Natural Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs Shafiullah Rahimi said on Monday.
In talks to local media, Rahimi said the 104 people had lost their lives due to heavy snowfall, freezing weather and gas suffocation in Takhar, Badakhshan, Nimroz, Kandahar, Laghman, Ghazni, Uruzgan, Jawzjan, Sari Pul, Faryab, Paktika, Balkh, Samangan, Bamyan and other parts of the country.
In cash-strapped Afghanistan where there is no heating system, people often use coal, wood or liquid gas to keep themselves warm, which in many cases claims human live
STORY: UN, Madagascar join hands to transform rural communities
DATELINE: Jan. 23, 2023
LOCATION: ANOSY, Madagascar
1. various of the solar-powered hub
2. SOUNDBITE (English): MANOJ JUNEJA, WFP Deputy Executive Director
3. various of students in the digital classrooms
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the government of Madagascar have launched an innovative project that seeks to develop rural communities in Androy and Anosy regions, in southern Madagascar.
Under the Rapid Rural Transformation (RRT) initiative, WFP and partners establish solar-powered hubs, a sustainable water source and ICT in remote areas allowing for the provision of essential services such as energy, water, and digital platforms to members of the community, in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.
The hub, which is managed by regional authorities, allows various partners to set up integrated community services such as training centers for women an
STORY: Suspect of California mass shooting on Lunar New Year's Eve found dead
DATELINE: Jan. 23, 2023
LOCATION: LOS ANGELES, U.S.
1. various of the shooting area cordoned off by police and media outlets
2. SOUNDBITE 1 (English): STEPHANIE AGUILAR, Local resident
3. SOUNDBITE 2 (English): TOMMY, Local resident
4. various of the press conference
The suspect of the California mass shooting on Saturday night was found dead in another city of what authorities believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Five women and five men were killed while another 10 people were injured in a mass shooting in the city of Monterey Park, 16 km east of Los Angeles downtown, the authorities said Sunday.
The fatal incident occurred at 10:22 p.m. (06:22 GMT) Saturday local time in Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a popular ballroom dance facility operated for about 30 years, when it was hosting an event to celebrate the countdown to the Chinese Lunar New Year.
SOUNDBITE 1 (Engl