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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia is scheduled to hold the third election for 4,114 municipal, provincial and district councilors on May 26, the National Election Committee (NEC) said on Saturday.

The non-universal election will be voted by 11,572 sitting commune chiefs and councilors - typically along party lines - for the municipal, provincial, and district councilors. (Cambodia-Election)

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TOKYO -- A cold snap hit the Japanese capital of Tokyo and some neighboring areas on Saturday, resulting in cancellations of more than 100 flights to and from Tokyo.

At Haneda and Narita airports, Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. canceled over 100 flights though snow was not as heavy as forecast. (Japan-Snow-Flight cancellations)

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll from consumption of illicit liquor in two northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has risen to 58, officials said on Saturday.

According to officials in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh, 36 deaths have taken place owing to the consumption of spurious alcohol. (India-Illicit Liquor)

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TALUQAN, Afghanistan -- Clashes have left 14 dead including six police in Khawja Ghar district of the northern Takhar province on Saturday, district governor Mohammad Omar said.

"A group of Taliban rebels attacked security checkpoints in Khawja Ghar district early this morning, triggering a gun battle which ended at around 7:00 a.m. (local time), during which eight rebels and six police had been killed," Omar told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Clashes) Enditem

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