Wed, 12 Aug 2020

MACAO -- The secretaries of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) government's administration and security departments Thursday both expressed their firm support to the passage of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong SAR.

The Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was passed earlier Tuesday at the 20th session of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), China's top legislature. (Macao-HK-National Security)

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HONG KONG -- Director of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive's office Chan Kwok-ki was sworn in Thursday as the secretary general of the Committee for Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, said the HKSAR government Information Services Department.

In accordance with stipulations of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, China's State Council, on the nomination by the HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam, has appointed Chan as the secretary general of the committee on Thursday. (HK-National Security-Committee-Official)

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YANGON -- The death toll of a massive jade mine landslide in Myanmar's northernmost Kachin state has risen to 146, the Information Ministry said.

The number of injured people reached 31, said a statement from Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Defense Services. (Myanmar-Landslide-Death Toll)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 188 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 44,310.

Of the new cases, one is an imported case, 10 are community cases and the rest are linked with the dormitories of foreign workers. (Singapore-COVID-19)

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KABUL -- More than 50 fighters have been killed in the insurgency-plagued Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said Thursday.

In the latest fighting that occurred in restive Wardoj district of the northern Badakhshan province Thursday morning, four Taliban fighters were killed and two others wounded, district governor Mohammad Imran told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Militant-Clash)

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