Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 2

ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa met with visiting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad in Rawalpindi on Monday and discussed the Afghan peace process, the Pakistani army said.

An army statement said Bajwa and Khalilzad discussed “regional security situation, Afghan peace process with particular reference to border management and way forward for lasting peace in Afghanistan” during the meeting at the army’s General Headquarters in Rawalpindi. (Pakistan-U.S.-Afghanistan)

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KABUL — Anti-government militants’ attacks have left at least 31 dead and 24 injured on Monday, as the armed insurgents targeted Kabul University and security personnel elsewhere throughout the day, officials said.

The armed militants in a brazen attack stormed Kabul University on Monday, triggering a gun battle, which left 22 dead including three attackers, and 22 others injured, Interior Ministry spokesman Tareq Arian said. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attacks)

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KABUL — At least 19 people were killed and 22 others injured as a group of militants attacked Kabul University on Monday, Tareq Arian, a spokesman of the Interior Ministry of Afghanistan, said.

The spokesman said three attackers were also killed in the fire exchange. (Afghanistan-University-Attack)

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SUVA — The tropical cyclone season running between November and April has started in the South Pacific region with one to four tropical cyclones being expected to affect some island countries such as Vanuatu and Fiji.

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department (VMGD) said on Monday that at least two to four tropical cyclones are expected to pass through the island nation during the 2020/2021 season. (South Pacific-Cyclone Season)

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HONG KONG — Confirmed COVID-19 cases continued to climb in Asia-Pacific on Monday as India recorded 45,231 new cases, taking the tally to 8,229,313, according to the latest data released by India’s federal health ministry.

With 496 deaths since Sunday morning, the death toll in the country due to the pandemic reached 122,607, according to the ministry’s data. (Asia-Pacific-COVID19) Enditem



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