Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, March 2

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ABUJA -- All Nigerian students kidnapped from their boarding school on Friday in the northwestern state of Zamfara have been released, a local official said on Tuesday.

Zamfara State Governor Bello Matawalle said that girls, who were kidnapped at the Government Girls Science Secondary School in the Jangebe town on Friday, were released through negotiations early Tuesday.

"Following a series of dialogue and mediation with repentant bandits and scaling hurdles of those who want to scuttle our effort to secure the release of Jangebe schoolgirls, I am happy to announce that, the students have been released," Matawalle said in a statement. (Nigeria-Abduction-Students)

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MAIMANA -- Four militants have been confirmed dead as fighting planes struck Taliban gathering in Almar district of Afghanistan's northern Faryab province on Monday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Tuesday.

Acting on tip off, the fighting planes targeted a gathering of Taliban fighters in Kora Khasht area of the restive district Monday afternoon killing four insurgents on the spot, the official contended.

Taliban militants who are active in parts of Faryab province with Maimana as its capital 425 km northwest of Kabul have yet to make comment. (Afghanistan-Airstrikes)

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TOKYO -- Two Americans suspected of helping former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn flee Japan to Lebanon in 2019 were taken into custody in Japan on Tuesday after they were extradited from the United States.

The pair, Michael Taylor, 60, a former Green Beret, and his son Peter Taylor, 28, arrived at Narita airport near Tokyo in the afternoon.

The Taylors are suspected of taking the former Nissan chairman to a hotel in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, from his home in central Tokyo before putting him on the private jet leaving from Kansai International Airport with knowledge that his bail conditions did not allow him to travel overseas. (Japan-Ghosn Escape)

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KATHMANDU -- A massive fire that broke on Tuesday morning has gutted around 40 houses at Dobhan Bazaar, a small town, in Taplejung district of eastern Nepal.

The fire that started from a cloth shop of local Bhola Poudel at around 8:30 a.m. local time spread rapidly, engulfing over half of the town within a few hours. (Nepal-Fire) Enditem

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