Wed, 08 Feb 2023

FARAH, Afghanistan -- Five civilians, all members of the same family, were killed as an explosive device went off in Farahrod district of the western Farah province on Thursday, provincial police spokesman Mohammad Nasim Badri said Friday.

The blast, according to the officer, took place on Thursday afternoon when some members of the ill-fated family were working in their field in Nawialaqini village and suddenly a device exploded, killing the five people on the spot and injuring two others. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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NEW DELHI -- At least five people were killed and 50 others injured after a cooking gas cylinder exploded during a wedding function in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, officials said Friday.

The cylinder exploded when the guests were gathering on Thursday for the wedding in Bhungra village of Jodhpur district, about 436 km west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. (India-Cylinder-Blast)

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JAKARTA -- A coal mine exploded in Indonesia's western province of West Sumatra on Friday, leaving nine workers dead, two others injured and one missing, an official said.

The explosion in the mine located in Sawahlunto town occurred at about 8: 30 a.m. local time, press officer of the provincial search and rescue office Arief Pratama told Xinhua via phone. (Indonesia-Coal Mine-Explosion)

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WELLINGTON -- A reception was held in Auckland on Friday to officially mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and China.

The relationship with China makes an important contribution to New Zealand's prosperity, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said at the event, noting that New Zealand's relationship with China is complex and evolving. (New Zealand-China-Relations)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) said on Friday that over 1,300 houses in various parts of the island country have been damaged by cyclonic storm Mandous.

The DMC said 4,335 people from 1,302 families in eight districts of Sri Lanka have been affected by the storm, which brought heavy rains and cold weather to the South Asian country. (Sri Lanka-Storm)

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