Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 19


JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,041 within one day to 43,803, with the death toll adding by 34 to 2,373, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Friday.

He also said that 551 more people had been discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 17,349. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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ISLAMABAD — A hand grenade attack near a government office in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi killed one and wounded 10 others on Friday, police and local media said.

Police officials in the area told Xinhua that some unknown miscreants riding on a motorcycle hurled a hand grenade at the Ehsaas program center established to provide money assistance to poor people hit by the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the Liaquatabad area of Karachi, the provincial capital of south Sindh province. (Pakistan-Grenade Attack)

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir — Troops of India and Pakistan Friday exchanged heavy fire and targeted each other’s positions on the Line of Control (LoC), dividing Kashmir, officials said.

The two sides exchanged fire on LoC in Nowshera sector of frontier Kupwara district, about 222 km southwest of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (India-Pakistan-Kashmir Skirmish)

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand — A police officer was shot dead and another seriously injured in West Auckland, New Zealand in a shooting incident on Friday morning, said the New Zealand police.

New Zealand Police commissioner Andrew Coster said a vehicle of interest was seen by police at around 10:30 a.m. local time, and a police unit attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle was later located to have crashed on Reynella Drive in West Auckland. (New Zealand-Police-Shooting)

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