Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 28

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KABUL -- At least one person was confirmed dead and 13 others were injured as a blast rocked Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday, spokesman for the health ministry Wahidullah Mayar said.

"One dead body and 13 injured persons have been taken to hospitals following the blast," Mayar told Xinhua.

The blast, according to Nasrat Rahimi, spokesman for the interior ministry, took place at 4:40 p.m. local time, followed by a gun battle.

Following the blast, which happened in Police District 15, militants entered a building and started firing clo (Afghanistan-Blast)

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JAKARTA -- At least three people were killed and one remained missing after a tin mine collapsed in Indonesia's Bangka Belitung province, after the body of one more miner was retrieved on Sunday, a disaster agency official said.

The incident happened on Saturday at a tin mine owned by Indonesian firm PT Timah, located in Silingsing village of Belitung Timur district, head of operational and emergency unit of the provincial disaster management agency Aswind Abu Nawar said. (Indonesia-Mine collapse)

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DHAKA -- The floods in parts of Bangladesh have left 75 people dead, affected over 6 million people and displaced many families in almost half of the country.

Bangladeshi State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Md Enamur Rahman told journalists here Sunday that some 60,74,415 people were affected due to floods in 28 districts. (Bangladesh-Flood)

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HONG KONG -- The government of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Sunday strongly condemned an illegal rally in Yuen Long during which a series of violent acts were committed on Saturday.

"The government deeply regretted that some people still took part in the public procession and public meeting in Yuen Long, despite the prohibition and objection by the police," a spokesman of the Hong Kong SAR government said. (Hong Kong-Illegal rally-Condemn)

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KABUL -- Campaign for the Afghan presidential election in late September started on Sunday amid growing attacks and fear of frauds in the militancy-plagued country.

A total of 18 candidates, including incumbent President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, embarked on a two-month campaign which will conclude on Sept. 25. (Afghanistan-Presidential election)

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YANGON -- At least 13 people were killed by a massive landslide which hit a jade mine in Hpakant township, Myanmar's northernmost Kachin state, on Sunday, a local official said.

The incident occurred due to the collapse of the cliff wall at a suspended jade mine near Kayin Chaung village in Hpakant, killing company staff and security personnel at 2:00 p.m. local time, the official from the township general administration department told Xinhua. (Myanmar-Landslide) Enditem

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