Mon, 23 May 2022

HERAT, Afghanistan -- At least seven civilians, including four women, were killed and nine others wounded when a bomb blast hit a minibus in Herat city, capital of Afghanistan's western Herat province, on Saturday, a provincial official said. (Afghanistan-Minibus-Blast)

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JAKARTA -- One person was injured after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake rocked Indonesia's North Sulawesi province on Saturday, according to official sources.

The earthquake also damaged a church and several houses, the country's Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency said, adding that no deaths were reported and the tremors did not potentially trigger giant waves of tsunami. (Indonesia-Earthquake)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been hospitalized, a spokesman from his office said Saturday.

The 96-year-old is being treated at the National Heart Institute's cardiac care unit, the spokesman said in a brief statement.

Prior to this, Mahathir was admitted to the National Heart Institute for a full medical check-up and observation on Dec. 16-23 last year. (Malaysia-Former PM-Hospitalization)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong reported 26 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours on Saturday, taking the total tally to 13,146, according to data from the Center for Health Protection.

The newly reported cases consist of one imported case, 19 cases epidemiologically linked with imported cases, three local cases, and three cases epidemiologically linked with local cases. (China-Hong Kong-COVID-19)

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