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BEIJING -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held a phone conversation with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, with both sides expressing confidence in China's victory in fighting the novel coronavirus epidemic.

Calling Mahathir an old friend of the Chinese people, Xi said that as the Chinese people are sparing no effort in combating the epidemic, the prime minister's proposal to have a phone conversation with him at the critical moment reflects Malaysia's friendly feelings and support for China. (China-Malaysia-Call)

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Defense Department confirmed on Thursday that one U.S. soldier had died in a non-combat incident in Afghanistan.

The soldier, who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel, died on Wednesday at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident, said the Pentagon in a statement. (US-Afghanistan-Soldier Death)

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LIMA -- The death toll from a Jan. 23 gas tanker truck explosion in Peru's capital Lima rose to 30 on Thursday, the Health Ministry said.

The latest fatal victims were identified as Yeni Gomero, 29 years old, Yovanni Bustamante, 38, and Manuel Huaman, 46. (Peru-Explosion-Death)

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MOGADISHU -- An outbreak of acute watery diarrhea has killed up to five people in Bal'ad town in Somalia's southern region of Middle Shabelle, an official confirmed on Thursday.

Hanbali Abdullahi Ahmed, deputy governor of Bal'ad town told reporters that acute watery diarrhea broke out in the town causing deaths. (Somalia-Diarrhea-Kill) Enditem

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