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TOKYO -- The confirmed COVID-19 cases in Japan increased by 1,045 to reach 105,079 as of Thursday night, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities, with the new daily cases exceeding 1,000 for the first time since Aug. 21.

As the government has eased restrictions and promoted domestic travel to help boost the economy hit hard by the pandemic, the number of infections has been trending upward in recent days. (Japan-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday appealed to the Delhi government to implement the central government's "Jan Andolan" (People's Movement) in order to check the COVID-19 pandemic in the capital city.

The appeal assumes significance even as it came in the wake of the national capital witnessing a sudden surge in recent days. (India-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA -- At least 722 houses were flooded in three sub-districts in Langsa City, Aceh province, according to the Indonesian National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) on Thursday.

Head of the agency's Disaster Management Data, Information and Communication Center, Raditya Jati, said the three sub-districts are Langsa Kota, Langso Baro and Langsa Lama. (Indonesia-Floods)

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BANGKOK -- Thai Airways International (THAI) is offering 34 second-hand aircraft for sale as the airline firm has been striving to cut its operating costs.

THAI on Thursday announced the sale of its 34 second-hand aircraft in a bidding process for interested members of the public. (Thailand-Aircraft-Sale)

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- At least three people were killed and 16 others wounded in twin blasts hitting the house of a pro-government local leader in Afghanistan's northern Balkh province on Thursday, local police confirmed.

"The explosions occurred in span of short time in house of Nazar Gul, an influential local leader, in Sholgara district at mid-day. The blasts came when local villagers were arriving to attend a security meeting there," district police chief Harif Iaqbal told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Blasts) Enditem

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