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HONG KONG -- Over 160 people, mostly Hong Kong residents, underwent mandatory quarantine on Saturday as Hong Kong started to implement the measure on inbound travelers from the Chinese mainland to curb the spread of novel coronavirus, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said.

As of 4 p.m. local time, a total of 161 travelers who entered Hong Kong from the Chinese mainland on Saturday, including 143 Hong Kong residents and 18 non-local residents, went under mandatory quarantine. (Hong Kong-Mainland-Quarantine)

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NEW DELHI -- At least two persons died and several injured in India's northern state of Punjab in a firecracker explosion during a religious procession on Saturday, said media reports.

A local police official was quoted as saying that the number of casualties could rise. (India-Explosion-Casualties)

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BANGKOK -- A Thai soldier has killed at least 12 people in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, local media reported Saturday.

The alleged killer, who is a soldier, stole a Humvee from his base and then proceeded to drive around the city on a shooting spree, the media quoted police in the north-east as saying. (Thailand-Soldier-Killing Spree)

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NEW DELHI -- Two people were rescued, while several others are feared still trapped under the debris Saturday after a three-storey building collapsed in the northern Indian state of Punjab, officials said.

The building collapsed in the Kharar-Landran road in Mohali district, about 20 km west of Chandigarh, the capital city of Punjab. (India-Building Collapse-Trapped) Enditem

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