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ISLAMABAD -- Four people were killed in an explosion targeting law enforcement agencies in Bajaur tribal district of Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on Wednesday night, district police sources told Xinhua. (Pakistan-Explosion-Casualties)

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SEOUL -- A ship with nine crewmen capsized in waters off South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo (called Takeshima by Japan), Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday citing the South Korean coast guard.

The coast guard was informed by Japanese authorities that the 72-ton ship tipped over at about 2:24 p.m. local time (0524 GMT) in international waters some 168 km northeast of the Dokdo islets. (S.Korea-Ship-Capsize)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will strengthen its status as an international shipping center by leveraging advantages in services and development of the Greater Bay Area, official said here on Wednesday.

"As an international shipping center with global influence, Hong Kong's shipping industry is highly developed, especially in the sectors of shipping finance, insurance and legal service," Chinese Minister of Transport Li Xiaopeng said in a video speech at the first World Maritime Merchants Forum held in Hong Kong. (HK-Shipping-Forum)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh has received a batch of China-aided Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines to boost the South Asian country's vaccination drive.

"The fifth batch of gifted COVID-19 vaccines from the Chinese government to the Bangladesh government, arrived safely in Dhaka on Oct. 19," said a public post on the official Facebook page of Chinese Embassy in Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-China-Vaccine)

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VIENTIANE -- The first dynamic testing train departed from the Vientiane Station of China-Laos Railway on Wednesday morning and headed north to the Laos-China border town of Boten to kick off the dynamic testing along the China-Laos Railway.

Dynamic testing is an important step before the railway is put into operation. It conducts integrated tests on all systems of the whole railway by running a testing train at the specified test speed and with relevant testing equipment, including testing of interface relationship among systems and debugging and optimizing of various systems, etc., so as to provide a scientific basis for the railway's opening-to-traffic. (Laos-China-Railway) Enditem

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