Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 3

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least 13 people were killed and 30 others wounded in a Taliban car bomb explosion and ensuing gunfight outside a district office in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, a local government spokesman said.

"An enemy detonated a car bomb outside intelligence agency office, near the district main office in Shinwar district roughly at 12:20 p.m. local time. After a while, several armed enemies tired to enter the offices, but the security forces responded to the attackers, killing all assailants," spokesman Attahullah Khogiani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Attack-Taliban )

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN -- Brunei reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday with the national tally of cases standing at 146.

It marked the 9th consecutive day without new cases since Sept. 24. (Brunei-COVID-19 Cases)

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SYDNEY -- Solomon Islands recorded its first ever COVID-19 case, who is a male student returning from the Philippines on the repatriation flight.

According to reports by local media SIBC, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare announced it at a special nationwide address on Saturday afternoon. (Solomon Islands-COVID-19-First Case)

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines surged to 319,330 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,674 new daily cases on Saturday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 255,046 after 459 more patients had recovered. Meanwhile, 62 more patients died from the viral disease, bringing the death toll to 5,678. (Philippines-COVID-19 Cases) Enditem

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