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15 May 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN -- Two "terrorists" were killed by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan, the IRGC said in a statement on Friday.

The statement, published on the IRGC's official outlet, said the militants were identified as being involved in the recent killing of two members of the IRGC's Basij voluntary forces in the village of Hichan.(Iran-Terrorist-IRGC)

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AMMAN -- Thousands of Jordanians on Friday marched towards the border areas with Israel and demonstrated in condemnation of Israeli military strikes against the Gaza Strip and the violations against the Palestinians.

The demonstrators, who gathered near the Al-Karama area in the Jordan Valley, a few kilometers away from the borders with Israel, burnt Israeli flags and chanted slogans against Israel's continued aggression on the Palestinians in Gaza Strip, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and inside Israel. (Jordanian-Israel-Protest)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli tanks fired at Lebanese protesters on Friday after they breached the border fence, Israel's army said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. The protesters have returned to Lebanon, an Israeli spokesperson said in a statement. (Israel-Lebanon-Fire)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday announced an expansion of a state of emergency over COVID-19 to Hokkaido, Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures.

The government has previously extended the state of emergency in Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo and Kyoto until the end of May while expanding it in Aichi and Fukuoka prefectures. (Japan-COVID-19-State Emergency)

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NAIROBI -- Four people were killed on Thursday night when flash floods swept through Kenya's largest slum Kibera located in the capital city of Nairobi, following a heavy downpour, local media reported on Friday.

Residents said the four were drowned as they attempted to cross a bridge over a swollen river that cuts through the Kibera slum, reported local daily The Star. (Kenya-Flooding)

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KABUL -- Twelve people were killed and 15 others wounded as an improvised explosive device was detonated at a mosque on the outskirts of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan on Friday, the capital police said.

The explosion occurred during Friday prayer at midday in Haji Bakhshi Mosque in Qala-e-Murad Baig area of Shakar Dara district, on the northern outskirts of Kabul city. (Afghanistan-Kabul-Explosion)

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