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Russian troops leave Ukraine following drills******
More than 10,000 Russian troops have been returning to their permanent bases after month-long drills near Ukraine, Interfax news agency reported on Saturday.。
Interfax said the drills were held in several regions near Ukraine, including in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014, as well as in the southern Russian regions of Rostov and Kuban.。
Russia's deployment of tens of thousands of troops to the north, east and south of Ukraine had fuelled fears in Kyiv and Western capitals that Moscow was planning an attack.。
Russia denies any such plans, saying it needs pledges from the West – including a promise from NATO not to expand the alliance east towards Russian borders – because its own security is threatened by Ukraine's growing ties with the Western alliance.。
Moscow also says it can deploy its troops on its territory as it sees fit.。
Estimates for the number of Russian troops recently moved closer to Ukraine vary from 60,000 to 90,000, with one US intelligence document going as high as 175,000.。
"A stage of combat coordination of divisions, combat crews, squads at motorized units ... has been completed. More than 10,000 military servicemen ... will march to their permanent deployment from the territory," Interfax quoted the army as saying.。
Foreign trade of China's Tibet more than doubles in Jan.******
LHASA, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- The foreign trade of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region surged 124.1 percent year on year in the first three quarters of 2021, led by booming trade by private companies, according to the local customs.
The region's imports and exports totaled 2.61 billion yuan (about 409 million U.S. dollars) in the period, Lhasa customs said in a statement.
The exports rose 90.5 percent to 1.39 billion yuan, while imports soared 180 percent to 1.22 billion yuan.
In the first nine months, private enterprises took the lion's share with a total trade volume of 1.59 billion yuan, while state-owned companies saw imports and exports totaling 990 million yuan.
The region conducted trade with 59 countries and regions worldwide in the period. Nepal became Tibet's largest trading partner, with the trade value up 120 percent to 1.13 billion yuan, official data showed. Enditem
Emery stresses 'loyalty' to Villarreal, but has 'not said no' to Newcastle******
MADRID, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Villarreal coach Unai Emery did little to calm the worries of the club's supporters that he could be Newcastle-bound when he spoke to the press following his side's 2-0 win over Young Boys in the Champions League on Tuesday night.。
It had emerged during the day that Emery is the favorite to replace Steve Bruce in the wake of the Saudi Arabian takeover at Newcastle United and the former Arsenal, Valencia and Sevilla coach failed to rule out a return to the Premier League, despite stressing his 'loyalty' to his current club.。
"This is an individual circumstance within the group and I have told club president (Fernando Roig) and the squad. I have been told there is interest, but that has not been transformed in anything else...There is nothing more than this interest and if it become something more (ie an offer), I would speak to the Roig family first," said Emery.。
"If I do get an offer, I can listen to it, or tell the club, but for the moment that is just a hypothesis," insisted the coach, who spoke of his "loyalty" to the owners and the club.。
"Anyone can receive an offer and be grateful that someone is interested in your work," he added.。
Emery admitted he had "not said 'no'" to Newcastle, but insisted the question "was not going to last for long...If there is a decision to be made, I will make it with the agreement of the club. I am only thinking about staying and if there was anything else, we'll see. I'm currently Villarreal coach and tomorrow I will wake up still being Villarreal coach," he concluded.。
Tuesday's win lifted Villarreal to second place in their Champions League group, while they are currently in mid-table in LaLiga after a run of three defeats and a draw from their last four matches. Enditem。
Lionel Messi tests positive for COVID******
Lionel Messi has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in self-isolation along with three other players, his club Paris Saint-Germain confirmed on Sunday.。
The Argentinian striker will now miss PSG's French Cup clash against third-tier side Vannes on Monday, with his teammates Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala having also contracted the virus.。
"The four players that tested positive for COVID-19 are Lionel Messi, Juan Bernat, Sergio Rico and Nathan Bitumazala. They are currently in isolation and are subject to the appropriate health protocols," the club said in a statement.。
With the fast-spreading Omicron variant hitting Europe, France has reported more than 200,000 COVID-19 daily cases for four days in a row.。