Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, June 30

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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan — Afghan forces have killed 48 insurgents including two Taliban commanders in the northern Jawzjan province since Monday, provincial government spokesman Abdul Marouf Azar said Tuesday.

According to the official, the clash flared up after the Taliban insurgents stormed security checkpoints in Denar village of Qarqin district on Monday afternoon and the government forces including army and police retaliated, forcing the insurgents to flee after leaving 35 bodied behind including two commanders, Mullah Usman and Mullah Majid. (Afghanistan-Militants)

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JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,293 within one day to 56,385, with the death toll adding by 71 to 2,876, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

According to him, 1,006 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 24,806. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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DHAKA — Bangladesh recorded 64 new COVID-19 fatalities on Tuesday, the highest increase in a single day since the pandemic broke out in the country on March 8.

Nasima Sultana, a senior health ministry official, said in a briefing in Dhaka “64 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in a 24-hour period, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country since March 18 to 1,847.” (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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MANILA — The number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines soared to 37,514 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,080 more infections on Tuesday.

The DOH said in its bulletin that the number of recoveries rose to 10,233 after 277 more patients survived the disease.

The death toll also increased to 1,266 after 11 more patients succumbed to the viral disease, the DOH added. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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CHARIKAR, Afghanistan — A total of 17 militants were confirmed dead as fighting planes targeted a gathering of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan’s eastern Parwan province on Tuesday, provincial government spokesperson Wahida Shahkar said.

The air raids were launched when more than 200 Taliban insurgents were planning to attack the checkpoints of pro-government militiamen in Koh-e-Safi district in the wee hours of Tuesday, according to the official. (Afghanistan-Militants)

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