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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 20

20 Oct 2020, 20:51 GMT+10

LAGOS -- As tens of thousands of demonstrators continue to take to the streets across Nigeria against extra-judicial killings and brutality by police, a senior official warned that mass gatherings may speed up COVID-19 transmission in the next two weeks.

The prediction was due to a total disregard for the preventive measures against the virus exhibited by thousands of citizens protesting in the ongoing #Endsars campaign across various cities in the country, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the Federal Government and chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, told the media in Abuja on Monday. (Nigeria-COVID-19)

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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir -- Two militants were killed in an overnight fierce gunfight with government forces in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Tuesday.

The gunfight broke out Monday late evening at village Melhora of Shopian district, about 57 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir. (Kashmir-India-Gunfight-Militants)

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SEOUL -- Seventeen people were injured early Tuesday in a South Korean 15-vehicle pileup, caused by foggy weather, Yonhap news agency reported citing police.

A 25-ton truck was rear-ended by another 25-ton truck at about 5:52 a.m. local time on a section of the Seohaean Expressway in Dangjin, about 120 km south of the capital Seoul. (South Korea-Vehicle accident)

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HANOI -- Floods, landslides and other natural disasters triggered by downpours have left 105 people dead and 27 others missing in Vietnam's central and central highlands regions since early October, the country's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Tuesday.

The death toll rose from 90 reported on Monday. The fatalities were mainly reported in the provinces of Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Nam, according to the committee's latest report. (Vietnam-Floods-Deaths)

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KHOST, Afghanistan -- A district chief and a police officer were killed and a local elder wounded in militants' ambush on their vehicle along a main road in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, a provincial government spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Abdul Hai Zazai, chief of Jaji Maydan district of eastern Khost province, and a police officer were killed after militants ambush their vehicle in Altamor locality of neighboring Logar province late on Monday," spokesman Talib Mangal told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Attack-Deaths)

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