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TOKYO -- Japan's IHI Corporation said Friday it plans to strengthen measures to boost safety of its products as it has been caught up in a scandal of improper engine parts inspections.

"We will ensure that preventive measures are conducted and make efforts to work as one to regain trust," the company said. (Japan-IHI Corporation)

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QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan -- Twenty-four Afghan army soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded after Taliban militants attacked defensive posts in the western province of Badghis on Friday, a local official confirmed.

"Hundreds of militants armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenades stormed security posts in Jar-e-Assyia in Bala Murghab district at early Friday morning. The fighting lasted for five hours, leaving the casualties," district chief Fazil Seddiq Seddiqi told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Soldiers)

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WELLINGTON -- The Tourism and Culture Carnival Gala between New Zealand and China was held on Friday in the New Zealand National Museum with the theme of "West meets East".

The carnival, co-hosted by the China Cultural Center in New Zealand and the Wellington City Council, was part of the 2019 China Tourism & Culture Week and the China-New Zealand Year of Tourism. (New Zealand-China-Tourism)

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NATMAUK, Myanmar -- China handed over on Friday a renovated general hospital to the Myanmar government in Natmauk, Magway region where the national hero General Aung San was born.

The renovation project of the hospital in Natmauk town, which cost about 900,000 U.S. dollars, was conducted by the Chinese Embassy in Myanmar and Myanmar-China Exchange and Cooperation Association. (Myanmar-China-Hospital) Enditem

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