Sat, 18 Sep 2021

VIENTIANE -- The Lao government has decided to extend the current nationwide lockdown to Aug. 18 as the COVID-19 cases continued to rise.

Deputy Head of the Prime Minister's Office, Thipphakone Chanthavongsa, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Tuesday that the lockdown will be extended as the COVID-19 situation in Laos is not yet fully under control and the situation in neighboring countries remained risky.(Laos-Lockdown-Extension)

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SEOUL -- South Korea confirmed a total of 1,132 "breakthrough" COVID-19 infections, which refer to people who tested positive after a full vaccination, the health authorities said Tuesday.

The number of the fully vaccinated people who were infected with COVID-19 was 1,132 as of July 29, up from 779 a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).(South Korea-Breakthrough infections)

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KABUL -- Forty-one Taliban militants were killed and 32 others wounded during battles in Herat city, western Afghanistan, the country's Ministry of Defense said on Tuesday.

On early Tuesday, Afghan security forces, backed by local Public Uprising Forces, continued heavy fighting, as the clashes entered its sixth day and security forces retook more neighborhoods in the city, capital of western Herat province.(Afghanistan-Militants)

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NEW DELHI -- A helicopter belonging to Indian army Tuesday crashed in a dam in the northern Indian state of Punjab, local media reports said.

So far there are no immediate reports of any casualty in the crash.(India-Helicopter crash)

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