Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 12


TOKYO — Conditions in Japan’s economy are deteriorating as household spending and factory production have slowed owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a key economic index logging its biggest drop in nine years in March, the government said in a report on Tuesday.

According to the Cabinet Office, the coincident index of business conditions dropped 4.9 points from February to 90.5 against the 2015 base of 100. (Japan-Economic Index-Drop)

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KABUL — Twenty-four civilians were killed and 68 others wounded in a suicide bomb explosion at a funeral in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, the country’s Interior Ministry said.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far. (Afghanistan-Attack)

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MUMBAI — Police personnel affected by COVID-19 in India’s western state of Maharashtra has crossed the 1,000-mark with 221 fresh cases turning positive in the past 24 hours, according to a state police data released Tuesday.

Of the 1,007 positive cases in the state so far, 113 personnel have recovered while seven have succumbed to the virus. Of the 887 active cases, 91 are police officers while 796 are cops in the western state, which has been leading state in the country with over 23,000 cases. (India-COVID-19-Police)

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NEW DELHI — Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday, officials said.

The 87-year-old two-time prime minister was admitted to AIIMS on Sunday night after he complained of chest pain and breathlessness. (India-Singh-Health)

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