Sun, 16 May 2021

KABUL -- Three Taliban militants were killed by their own bomb in Afghanistan's eastern Logar province on Saturday, according to a local independent war monitoring group on Sunday.

"Three Taliban rebels belonging to the Khodaidad group were killed and another wounded when their own bomb prematurely exploded in Ahmadzai village of Logar's Mohammad Agha district on Saturday," the Reduction in Violence (RiV) reported on its website.

The incident took place when the militants were planting an improvised explosive device (IED) along a district road, the group quoted provincial security sources as saying. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Explosion)

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JAKARTA -- A batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine raw materials arrived here on Sunday at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport.

Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said it was part of the agreed plan for this year.

Indonesia's state-owned pharmaceutical company Bio Farma has been producing vaccine doses using the Sinovac raw materials.(Indonesia-COVID-19)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia's daily tally of COVID-19 cases surged to a new record high of 618 in the last 24 hours, pushing the national case total to 6,389 since the pandemic began, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement on Sunday.

The figure surpassed the previous highest daily record of 576 cases on April 8.

The MoH also logged four new deaths, bringing the official death toll to 43 so far. Currently, there are 3,865 active cases in the kingdom, the MoH said.(Cambodia-COVID-19)

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KABUL -- A local Islamic State (IS) group leader was killed by Afghan Special Forces in the country's eastern Nangarhar province Saturday night, National Directorate of Security (NDS), the country's national intelligence agency, confirmed on Sunday.

"Acting on a confirmed tip-off, the NDS Special Operations Forces conducted an operation in Kuz Kunar district, Nangarhar province, to arrest Kamin, known as Hakimullah, one of the IS newly designated local leaders," the agency said on Twitter.

"A gunfight took place while the targeted man was planning to flee the area. As a result, Kamin, who served as IS military chief for Pachir Wa Agam and Haska Mina districts of Nangarhar was killed," the statement read.(Afghanistan-IS-Taliban)

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NEW DELHI -- A total of 261,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 14,788,109, said the data released by the health ministry on Sunday.

This is the first time when the single-day spike crossed the 260,000-mark in India.

Besides, 1,501 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 177,150.(India-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI -- At least four COVID-19 patients were killed in a fire that broke out at a hospital in India's central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday, confirmed a local cop over phone.

The fire broke out at the Rajdhani Hospital in the state capital Raipur.

The cause of the fire was said to be a short circuit, after which the fire spread across the hospital quickly. Around 40 patients were rescued from the ill-fated hospital. There were around 45 COVID-19 patients admitted at the hospital when the fire broke out.(India-Hospital Fire)

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