Tue, 22 Sep 2020

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least one civilian was killed and 16 other people wounded in a car bomb blast and ensuing gunfire outside a prison in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, a local official confirmed. (Afghanistan-Prison-Attack)

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TOKYO -- The number of COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 1,330 to reach 39,255 on Sunday amid a resurgence of infections across the country, according to Japan's health ministry and local governments.

The total number of cases excludes 712 from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama earlier in the year. (Japan-COVID-19)

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BANGKOK -- Three people were reportedly killed and two others missing after a ferry boat capsized near Koh Samui island in southern Thailand, a provincial governor said on Sunday.

Divers found the bodies of the three people who apparently drowned in the sea and rescued two survivors near Koh Samui island off Surat Thani province after the Raja 4 boat capsized due to high tides and heavy rains on Saturday night, said provincial governor Vichavut Jinto. (Thailand-Ferry Boat)

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HONG KONG -- Seven virus testing professionals from the Chinese mainland arrived in Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon as the first batch of mainland supportive teams to help contain a worsening spread of COVID-19 in Hong Kong.

The medical professionals, who will help with laboratory work here, are members of a 60-strong nucleic acid testing team established recently at the request of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government for assistance in the battle against the pandemic. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Testing)

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NEW DELHI -- India's senior leader and Home (Internal Security) Minister Amit Shah tested positive for COVID-19, he himself confirmed through a tweet on Sunday.

He appealed to all those who came into his contact to test themselves for COVID-19. (India-Minister-COVID-19)

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