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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least 15 people were killed and 42 others wounded in a Taliban suicide car bombing outside a district office in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, a local government spokesman said.

"The incident occurred when a terrorist detonated a mini-truck outside the intelligence agency office, near the district main office in Shinwar district at midday. The blast also caused destruction," spokesman Attahullah Khogiani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Suicide Bombing)

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TOKYO -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 on Saturday struck off the east coast of Hachijojima island of Tokyo Prefecture in Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The temblor occurred at 6:31 p.m. local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 33.5 degrees north and a longitude of 141.1 degrees east, and at depth of 70 km. (Japan-Earthquake)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong police arrested a 37-year-old man suspected of damaging the national flag on Saturday.

In the early hours of Saturday, police officers patrolling the vicinity On Ning Road, Yuen Long, found that the man was throwing China's national flag and the flag of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) hung out in the street on the ground and into a nearby river. He also stole an HKSAR flag. (Hong Kong-National Flag-Arrest)

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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 planned to use repatriation flight to take back students studying in the Philippines and Indonesia in September and the first repatriation flight flied back to the country on Sept. 29. Those who wanted to board on the plane must undertake three rounds of testing. (Solomon Islands-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- India's death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has surpassed the 100,000-mark on Saturday, reaching 100,842, according to the latest data released by the federal health ministry.

India became the third country to report over 100,000 COVID-19 deaths globally, after the United States and Brazil.

As many as 1,069 people died in the past 24 hours, showed the ministry's data. (India-COVID-19-Deaths) Enditem

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