Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 1

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SEOUL -- South Korea's Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Sung Yun-mo said Monday that his country will file a suit with the World Trade Organization (WTO) over Japan's export restrictions on materials key to South Korea's tech industry.

Sung said in a statement that South Korea will take necessary measures, including the lawsuit with the WTO, based on domestic and international laws. (South Korea-Japan-Export Restrictions)

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KABUL -- Up to 34 people have been confirmed dead and 68 injured persons have been taken to hospitals after a powerful blast rocked Kabul in the morning rush hour on Monday, a local broadcaster network the Tolo television reported.

An eyewitness on the condition of anonymity told Xinhua that some militants entered an under-construction building at around 9:00 a.m. local time and exchanged fire with security forces on the spot. (Afghanistan-Explosion)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Carrie Lam on Monday called for joint efforts to further develop Hong Kong's economy and improve people's livelihood.

"To successfully implement 'one country, two systems' and capitalize on Hong Kong's various advantages to develop our economy and improve people's livelihood, we have to make plans together and work in concert," Lam said in a speech at a reception, marking the 22nd anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the establishment of the Hong Kong SAR. (Hong Kong-Chief Executive)

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CANBERRA -- Former Army veteran and Defence Force chief David Hurley has been sworn in as Australia's 27th governor-general.

Hurley, who served in the Australian Army for 42 years and as head of the Defence Force from 2011 to 2014, was welcomed to the Parliament House by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday morning before being officially sworn in by High Court Chief Justice Susan Kiefel. (Australia-Governor-General) Enditem

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