Fri, 22 Oct 2021

DHAKA -- Bangladesh on Saturday received another 5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's pharmaceutical Sinopharm Group.

A plane of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying the Chinese vaccine doses landed at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at around 2:00 a.m. local time Saturday, Health Ministry spokesman Maidul Islam Prodhan told reporters. (Bangladesh-China-COVID-19 Vaccine)

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JAKARTA -- The Indonesian government has reminded its neighboring country Australia of its regional obligation to maintain peace, stability and security after the latter announced its decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a security pact with the United States and Britain.

In a statement published on the website of the country's Foreign Ministry on Friday, the Indonesian government took note "cautiously" of Australia's decision to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. (Indonesia-Australia-Nuclear Submarines)

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CANBERRA -- Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Andrew Barr has said the region's coronavirus lockdown may not necessarily end when 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated as the country continues to battle the third wave of infections.

Barr said on Saturday that it "would not be prudent" to lift Canberra's lockdown when the ACT reaches the vaccine milestone if COVID-19 was still prominent in the community. (Australia-COVID-19-Lockdown)

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KABUL -- At least two people were killed and 21 others wounded in four separate explosions in Afghanistan on Saturday, multiple sources confirmed.

In Jalalabad city, capital of eastern Nangarhar province, two people were killed and 19 others wounded in three blasts targeting Taliban vehicles travelling along roads in Police District (PD) 6 and PD 4 in the morning, according to local public health officials. (Afghanistan-Explosions)

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ISLAMABAD -- United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi has said here that the international community should continue engaging with the Afghan Taliban.

Addressing a press briefing Friday during his visit to Pakistan, the UN official said the UNHCR is engaging with the interim Taliban administration in Afghanistan on humanitarian matters, urging the world to do the same. (UNHCR-Afghanistan-Aid)

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