Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, July 28


JAKARTA — Indonesia and the Philippines have been jointly rescuing dozens of endangered species from international wildlife trafficking and sending them back into their habitats in Indonesia.

As many as 91 endangered animals which have been smuggled to the Philippines have been sent back to Indonesia, the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. (Indonesia-Philippines-Wildlife Trafficking)

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KABUL — One policeman was killed and two people were injured as a blast struck a police van in Afghan capital Kabul on Tuesday, police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz said.

Without providing more details, the official said that an investigation had been initiated into the incident. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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NEW DELHI — India’s federal health ministry on Tuesday reported 654 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 47,703 new positive cases, taking the number of deaths to 33,425 and total cases to 1,483,156.

According to ministry officials, so far 952,743 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement. “The number of active cases in the country right now is 496,988,” read the information. (India-COVID-19-Cases)

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ISLAMABAD — An armed clash between police and fugitives early Tuesday in Diamer district of Gilgit-Baltistan region in north Pakistan left at least seven people dead, including five policemen and two civilians, local media reported.

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the incident yet. (Pakistan-Clash)

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