Mon, 10 May 2021

HONG KONG -- The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) said Saturday that under international laws and principles of non-intervention, foreign governments should not attempt to meddle in Hong Kong affairs.

In response to assertions by foreign politicians that the fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong have been undermined, the Department of Justice (DoJ) said in a statement that such comments are ungrounded. (HK-Foreign interference)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian railways Saturday announced it would impose a fine of 500 Indian rupees (6.71 U.S. dollars) on anyone found not wearing face masks inside railway premises and trains.

The order has been issued in wake of the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. The measure will be implemented for six months till further notice. (India-COVID-19-Mask-Fine-Train)

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KABUL -- More than 50 people with majority of them armed insurgents were killed over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, following Washington's decision to pull out its forces from Afghanistan, officials said Saturday.

In the latest wave of violent incidents, the Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint outside Taluqan city, the capital of northern Takhar province early on Saturday, killing four pro-government militiamen and wounding five others, provincial police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir confirmed. (Afghanistan-Insurgence-Death toll)

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HANOI -- An event on the exchange between Vietnamese and Chinese folk music culture was held Saturday in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Hosted by the Confucius Institute at Hanoi University, the event featured performances by Vietnamese students of the two countries' folk music, including adaptations of famous Chinese and Vietnamese folk songs and Quan Ho singing, a traditional Vietnamese music style that entered the Intangible Cultural Heritage list of the International Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2009. (Vietnam-China-Culture)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh recorded 101 more deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, the second day in a row that the daily toll surpassed 100, bringing the total fatalities to 10,283, according to the country's Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).

DGHS also reported 3,473 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, raising the total caseload to 715,252. (Bangladesh-COVID-19-Tally)

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