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NEW DELHI -- The death toll in the hospital fire that broke out in India's Mumbai city on Monday has risen to six.

At least 100 people have been rescued so far, said media reports. (India-Fire-Casualties)

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TOKYO -- A total of 42 people were injured in a suspected gas explosion Sunday night in the city of Sapporo in Japan's northernmost Hokkaido prefecture, local authorities said Monday.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday, bringing down wooden buildings housing a Japanese-style pub, a real estate office and a clinic in Toyohira Ward, Sapporo. (Japan-Explosion-Injured)

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JAKARTA -- Lion Air said on Monday that it will resume search for remains of 64 victims and cockpit voice recorder of the ill-fated flight that crashed on Oct. 29 and killed 189 people onboard.

Lion Air said in a statement that it hired a Dutch firm to undertake the task to recover the remains and the second black box in the waters of Tanjung Karawang off West Java province, where the brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 plunged into the water just about 13 minutes after taking off from international Soekarno-Hatta airport in Banten province. (Indonesia-Plane Crash-Rescue)

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LUANG PRABANG, Laos -- Senior officials from China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam agreed here Monday to deepen cooperation under the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) to achieve inclusive and sustainable development in the sub-region.

At the "4th Mekong-Lancang Cooperation Foreign Minister's Meeting," the ministers decided to promote greater cooperation in new areas and new initiatives for mutual benefit and shared prosperity, featured with high-quality production capacity cooperation and the building of the LMC Economic Development Belt. (Laos-LMC-Meeting)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's military on Monday confirmed the disablement of 11 guard posts of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) after the on-site verification works last week.

Eleven seven-member verification teams from both South Korea and the DPRK conducted verification works on Dec. 12 to confirm whether the respective 11 guard posts in the DMZ, which has left the Korean Peninsula divided since the 1950-53 Korean War ended with armistice, were demolished as agreed upon. (S.Korea-DPRK-Guard Posts) Enditem

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