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QALA-E-NAW, Afghanistan -- At least 12 people were killed and many others wounded after a magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Afghanistan's western province of Badghis on Monday, a local official said.

The source added that multiple houses were affected by the quake which occurred at midday, and that the number of casualties may rise. (Afghanistan-Earthquake)

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SUVA -- Around 80 percent of power has been restored in Tonga's capital city of Nuku'alofa, but internet connections remained disrupted after the violent volcanic eruption on Friday and Saturday.

The island nation is sending naval boats to outlying islands to assess the damage from the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano and the consequent tsunami over the weekend, Radio New Zealand reported on Monday. (Tonga-Volcanic Eruption-Power Restoration)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia recorded a declining trade surplus of 1.02 billion U.S. dollars in December 2021, down from 3.51 billion dollars in the previous month, official data showed on Monday.

The exports in December last year were valued at 22.38 billion dollars, and imports were valued at 21.36 billion dollars, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS). (Indonesia-Trade Surplus-December)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has chosen Nusantara, or archipelago in English, as the name of the new national capital to be built on the country's Kalimantan island, a senior government official said Monday.

"I just received a direct confirmation from the president on Friday and he said the new capital is named Nusantara," the country's National Development Planning Minister Suharso Monoarfa said during a meeting with the special committee for the new capital city's establishment at the House of Representatives in Central Jakarta. (Indonesia-New Capital-Name) Enditem

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