Fri, 22 Sep 2023

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan continues to see an increase in dengue cases amid the recent outbreak due to the ongoing floods in the South Asian country.

The Pakistani government has launched an anti-dengue campaign including raising public awareness in response to the alarmingly high level of cases in the country, and has taken special measures at the dengue hotspots in order to curb the spread of the disease. (Pakistan-Dengue Cases)

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WELLINGTON -- One third of residents in New Zealand's biggest city Auckland are thinking of leaving the city in the next five years due to increasingly high cost of living, traffic congestion, and decreasing sense of safety.

According to a survey done by the local media Stuff, people living in Auckland are "the most unhappy region of the country," with only two in five respondents saying they were happy living there. (New Zealand-Auckland-High Cost of Living)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government on Monday extended funding for coronavirus testing and protocols in high-risk settings.

Health and Aged Care Minister Mark Butler said the federal government would spend an additional 1.4 billion Australian dollars (941 million U.S. dollars) over the next three months on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in aged and disability care and hospitals. (Australia-Coronavirus-Funding)

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TOKYO -- Two people were reported dead and another missing on Monday after powerful typhoon Nanmadol landed in Japan's southwestern region of Kyushu, bringing rain and gales, local media reported.

In Fukuoka Prefecture, a man who was believed to be on his way to find shelter from the typhoon was found collapsed and later confirmed dead. Another man was declared dead after being pulled out of a car submerged in flooded farmland in Miyazaki Prefecture, according to local authorities. (Japan-Typhoon)

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KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Four people including two children were injured after a blast shocked the Zhari district in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Monday, provincial administration spokesman Hajji Zahid said.

The blast took place around noon in Sanzari village of the Zhari district, injuring four people including two children, the official added without providing more details. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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KABUL -- The last Afghan prisoner released from the United States Guantanamo Bay detention camp was handed over to Afghanistan's Taliban-run caretaker administration on Monday, the state-run Bakhtar news agency reported.

After the U.S.-led military invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the occupying troops had arrested hundreds of Afghans on charge of cooperation with terrorist networks and held them for years in the notorious Guantanamo Bay detention camp. (Afghanistan-Guantanamo Bay)

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