Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, July 29

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LAGOS -- Two people were killed and some others injured in a gas blast at a shop in Lagos, Nigeria's economic hub, local officials said Wednesday.

The explosion happened at around 6:58 p.m. local time (1758 GMT) on Tuesday at Ajao Estate area of Lagos, during which several shops were burnt, said Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, head of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency. (Nigeria-Explosion)

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SANTIAGO -- Chilean President Sebastian Pinera reshuffled his cabinet Tuesday, replacing interior, foreign, defense and several other ministers following the defeat of a pension reform bill.

Victor Perez was appointed interior minister, replacing Gonzalo Blumel, while Andres Allamand was appointed foreign minister and Mario Desbordes took over the post of defense minister. (Chile-COVID-19-Reshuffle)

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TOKYO -- Japan confirmed 1,002 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, exceeding 1,000 for the first time, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

In Tokyo, the epicenter of Japan's outbreak, 250 new cases were reported on Wednesday. The daily tally of the capital has been above 200 every day in the past week except once. (Japan-COVID 19-Tally)

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TASHKENT -- One man was killed and another injured in a fuel tank explosion in Angor district in the southern Surkhandaryo region of Uzbekistan, the country's emergency ministry said Wednesday.

The accident occurred during repair work when the men were trying to weld a 10-ton fuel tank filled with diesel at a warehouse owned by one of the local businesses, according to the ministry. (Uzbekistan-Explosion) Enditem

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