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13 Jun 2021, 02:18 GMT+10

KABUL -- Seven civilians were killed and six others wounded after two explosions struck public mini-buses along a busy road in western part of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on Saturday, the capital police confirmed.

The explosions occurred in Sari Pul and Mahtab Qala localities in Dashti Barchi, in Police District 13 and Police District 6 at midday, causing panic among the residents in the neighborhood, which has witnessed serial explosions in recent weeks, Basir Mujahid from Kabul police told reporters via a text message. (Afghanistan-Explosions)

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HANOI -- Vietnam reported 261 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, including 259 locally transmitted and two imported, bringing the total tally to 10,241, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Among the community cases, 246 were reported in quarantine facilities or lockdown areas. In terms of localities, 125 were detected in the northern epidemic hotspot Bac Giang province, 84 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, and 34 in the northern Bac Ninh province. (Romania-Chinese Embassy-5G Law)

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ALGIERS -- The parliamentary elections in Algeria kicked off on Saturday.

More than 24 million people are eligible to vote for their 407 representatives at the National People's Assembly, or the lower house of parliament, for a five year term. (Algeria-Election)

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HOUSTON -- At least 13 people were wounded in a shooting in the U.S. state of Texas on Saturday morning, while the suspected shooter was not immediately arrested, local media reported.

Gunfire erupted at about 1:30 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) in a busy entertainment district in downtown Austin city. Two victims were in critical condition but as of 4 a.m. local time (0900 GMT) no one died, interim Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon told a media briefing. (US-Shooting-Injuries)

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