Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 24

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VIENTIANE -- The Chinese embassy in Laos has donated 500 electronic smart boards to Lao kids in the affiliated kindergarten of the National University of Laos (NUOL) in capital Vientiane.

The handover ceremony was held on Thursday, with the attendance of Chinese embassy officials and the Lao officials. (The Laos-China-Donation)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Four civilians were killed and another injured as a roadside bomb struck a car in Pul-e-Khumri city, the capital of northern Baghlan province on Friday, Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said.

Blaming Taliban militants for planting the mine, the official said that the "Taliban terrorists planted the mine on a road in Bagh-e-Shaml area" and the device struck a car in the evening, killing four innocent civilians on the spot and injuring another. (Afghanistan-Roadside Bomb)

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YANGON -- Myanmar reported three more imported cases of COVID-19 on Friday night, bringing the total number of infections to 346, according to the Health and Sports Ministry.

The newly-confirmed cases are under quarantine in Chin and Kayin states after their recent arrivals from India and Thailand. (Myanmar-COVID-19-Caseload)

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CANBERRA, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Prime Minister (PM) declared that the National Cabinet had committed to a suppression strategy in response to COVID-19.

Despite calls for Australia to adopt an "elimination" strategy similar to that of New Zealand, PM Scott Morrison said that the National Cabinet -- which is composed of the PM and state and territory leaders -- on Friday recommitted to suppression as its lead strategy. (Australia-COVID-19) Enditem

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