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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday visited the injured Chinese nationals from the Dasu terrorist attack at the Combined Military Hospital in Rawalpindi near the federal capital Islamabad.

The foreign minister was accompanied by Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood and Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong.

Qureshi asked in detail about the condition of and treatment for each wounded Chinese national, and expressed sincere sympathy to them on behalf of the Pakistani government and people. (Pakistan-FM-Chinese nationals)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported another record high of 5,926 new COVID-19 infections on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 3,718 cases registered on Saturday, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections included 5,887 locally transmitted and 39 imported, bringing the total tally to 53,830, with 254 deaths, the ministry said. (Vietnam-COVID-19-Cases)

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao Ministry of Health on Sunday reported 131 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, the highest daily spike, bringing the national tally to 3,425.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Communicable Diseases Control under the Lao Ministry of Health Sisavath Soutthaniraxay told a press conference in the capital that 131 new cases of COVID-19 had been recorded over the past 24 hours, including 123 imported cases and eight local transmissions. (Laos-COVID-19-Cases)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia recorded a fresh high of 153 single-day death toll from COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total deaths to 7,019, according to the Health Ministry.

Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a press statement that another 10,710 new COVID-19 infections were reported, of which 12 are imported and 10,698 are local transmissions, bringing the national total to 916,561. (Malaysia-COVID-19-Cases)

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KABUL -- At least 53 Taliban militants were killed and 38 others wounded in multiple airstrikes and battles in Afghanistan on Saturday, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said on Sunday.

In eastern Kapisa province, 18 militants were killed and 24 wounded after Afghan Air Force (AAF) conducted airstrikes in support of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in suburban Tagab and the neighboring Nijrab districts, the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Taliban) Enditem

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