Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 5

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HONG KONG — The enactment of the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) is a historic step for improving Hong Kong’s legal system and the “one country, two systems” principle, HKSAR chief executive and major government officials said on Sunday, pledging to fully support the implementation of the new law.

Chief Executive of the HKSAR Carrie Lam and 16 major officials of the HKSAR government published articles on the front page of local newspaper Wen Wei Po, pledging to do their best in supporting the implementation of the law and expressing hope that the public will have more confidence in Hong Kong’s future after fully understanding the law. (HK-Security Law-Officials)

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TOKYO — Massive flooding and mudslides triggered by torrential rain in the southwestern Japanese prefecture of Kumamoto have left 18 dead and at least 16 others presumed dead on Sunday, local media reported.

The 18 confirmed deaths were mostly in their 60s to 80s, with nine in the city of Hitoyoshi, eight in the town of Ashikita, and one in Tsunagi.

At least 14 people were missing. (Japan-Flooding-Casualties)

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DHAKA — The death toll from COVID-19 in Bangladesh has surpassed 2,000, a health official announced here Sunday.

Senior Health Ministry official Nasima Sultana said in a briefing on Sunday afternoon that 2,738 new cases and 55 more deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll in the country to 2,052 and total cases to 162,417. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 1,607 within one day to 63,749, with the death toll adding by 82 to 3,171, Achmad Yurianto, a Health Ministry official, said at a press conference here on Sunday.

He also said that 886 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 29,105. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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KABUL — The Afghan Ministry of Public Health on Sunday confirmed 279 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of patients in the country to 32,951.

A total of 592 tests were conducted within the past 24 hours, and 279 were positive in 14 provinces out of 34 Afghan provinces, the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-COVID-19)

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