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KABUL -- More than 24 armed Taliban insurgents had been killed and 31 militants affiliated with the hardliner Islamic State (IS) outfit surrendered in the insurgency-battered Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said Saturday.

The security forces in crackdown on the Taliban hideouts killed eight armed insurgents in the restive Baraki Barak district of the eastern Logar province, said an army statement.(Afghanistan-Militants)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian military and police will dispatch personnel to spots in Mimika district of the country's easternmost province of Papua during the anniversary of Free Papua Movement's birthday on Sunday, a senior police officer said on Saturday.

Police and military personnel will be deployed into 58 spots in the district in anticipating possible security problems during the event, said district police chief I Gusti Gede Era Adhinata.(Indonesia-Security)

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MANILA -- Two buses ferrying athletes and sports officials from Laos and Vietnam to the 30th Southeast Asian Games collided in Bocaue town in Bulacan province on Saturday afternoon while on the way to the Philippine arena, the venue for the opening ceremony of the biennial regional meet.

Bulacan police chief Colonel Chito Bersaluna said one bus was carrying 40 participants from Laos while the other bus was carrying 42 participants from Vietnam.(Philippines-SEA Games-Collision)

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HANOI -- Bodies and remains of all 39 Vietnamese dead in the Essex lorry incident have been repatriated as of Saturday morning, Vietnam News Agency reported.

A total of 16 bodies and seven cremated remains arrived at the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi Saturday morning, and then were transported home by ambulances.(Vietnam-Victims-Arrival) Enditem

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