Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 2

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PHNOM PENH -- The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Saturday praised the Cambodian government for appealing for donations from the private sector and the Cambodian Red Cross to support landmine clearance.

Donations from patriotic well-to-do Cambodians for landmine clearance have poured in since Friday at the appeal of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. (Cambodia-Landmine Clearance)

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KABUL -- The Jirga, or grand assembly of religious scholars and elders, on Saturday called for national support to the Taliban-run "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" and international recognition of the administration.

"The establishment of Islamic system in Afghanistan which is the outcome of more than four decades of sacrifices and suffering of our people has ensured justice, peace and security in the country, and deserved support and we not only support but also defend it as our religion and national obligation," said a resolution issued at the end of the three-day meeting. (Afghanistan-Grand Assembly)

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SYDNEY -- As COVID-19 restrictions gradually ease across Australia, health professionals expressed concerns over a "very big wave" of people with long COVID.

"We can ignore this problem simply, but even if you say that five percent of Australians will have significant symptoms from long COVID. You're talking about nearly half a million people in Australia," said Peter Wark, a respiratory specialist and conjoint professor at University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute. (Australia-Long COVID-Research)

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll in the massive landslide in India's northeastern state of Manipur rose to 27 on Saturday, state-run broadcaster All India Radio said.

The landslide on Thursday hit Tupul yard railway construction camp in Noney district, where some Territorial Army (TA) men were guarding a major railway line construction site. (India-Landslide-Death Toll) Enditem

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