Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 8

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- Four civilians were injured on Monday as a blast rocked Jalalabad city, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, provincial government spokesman Attaullah Khogiani said.

The blast targeted a vehicle in Jalalabad city at around 11:00 a.m. local time, wounding four civilians.(Afghanistan-Blast)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in urged Japan Monday to retract its export restrictions on key materials to the South Korean tech industry and launch sincere consultations to resolve the trade issue.

Moon said during a meeting with his senior aides that his administration will make "calm" efforts for the diplomatic resolution, noting that the vicious cycle of measures and countermeasures will never be desirable for the economies of both South Korea and Japan.(SKorea-Japan-Export)

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NEW DELHI -- At least 24 men were tied with a rope, forced to chant gau mata ki jai (hail mother cow) while doing sit-ups in the latest cow vigilante violence in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, police said Monday.

The men were thrashed and paraded on Sunday through a two-km stretch in broad day light to a police station in Khandwa district, about 262 km southwest of Bhopal, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh.(India-Cow vigilance)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Four security police personnel have been confirmed dead and eight others injured after the Taliban insurgents attacked security checkpoints on Monday outside Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, deputy of the provincial council Shamsul Haq Barikzai said.

The militants' attacks, launched in the wee hours of Monday on security checkpoints in Bala Duri and Baba Nazar areas in the outskirts of Pul-e-Khumri, triggered gun battle during which four policemen were killed and eight others injured.(Afghanistan-Attack)

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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan -- Taliban militants have set free 40 security personnel from their custody in northern Jawzjan province, an army spokesman in the northern region Abdul Hadi Jamal said Monday.

Jamal said a bunch of 40 security personnel, mostly policemen, had been released by the Taliban outfit and reached Jawzjan provincial capital Shiberghan on Sunday afternoon.(Afghanistan-Taliban) Enditem

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