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KABUL -- At least one person was injured after an explosion ripped through a road in central Kabul on Saturday, causing panic among people in the busy neighborhood, a witness said.

"We heard a huge blast in Asamayi road, Police District 2 roughly at 6:15 p.m. (local time) and the whole place has now been sealed off," eyewitness Aman Karimi told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Explosion)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to open up a new era in Japan-China relationship and push bilateral ties to "a new stage." Abe made the remarks on Friday in a policy speech outlining his goals ahead in an extraordinary Diet session.

He said that exchanges between Japan and China should not be limited to leaders of the two countries, but should be expanded to all areas, including economic and youth exchanges. (Japan-China-PM)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said Saturday that the government will take the greatest resolve to end violence, after rampant rioters Friday wreaked havoc in various areas of Hong Kong.

Lam said in a video address that Hong Kong witnessed "a very dark night" on Friday and the society was half-paralyzed, describing the extreme acts as "unprecedented and appalling." (China's Hong Kong-Society)

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PHNOM PENH -- Environment ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are due to meet in Cambodia next week to discuss transboundary haze pollution and other environment-related issues, a Cambodian spokesman said on Saturday.

They will gather at the 15th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (15th AMME) and related meetings, scheduled for Oct. 7-10 in northwest Siem Reap province, said Environment Ministry Secretary of State and Spokesman Neth Pheaktra. (Cambodia-ASEAN-Environment ministers' meeting) Enditem

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