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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 18

18 Oct 2020, 20:44 GMT+10

WASHINGTON -- Five people including three college students were injured in a gas explosion at a strip mall in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Saturday morning, local media reported.

The two-story shopping center, which is just a few blocks west of the James Madison University campus, was a "complete loss", Michael Parks, a spokesman for the city, said at a news conference. (US-Gas Explosion-Injury)

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GENEVA -- A total of 392,471 new COVID-19 infections were reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday, a record high since the onset of the pandemic, taking the total number of confirmed cases worldwide to 39,196,259.

According to a tally kept by the WHO, the United States had the most daily infections on Saturday, with 63,044 new cases reported. As of Saturday, the country has registered 7,896,895 total confirmed cases, the highest worldwide. (WHO-COVID-19-Daily Record)

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FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan -- At least 16 people were killed and 90 others wounded after a powerful explosion rocked outside a provincial police office in Firoz Koah, capital of Afghanistan's western Ghor province on Sunday, a local official confirmed.

"The final number of casualties would be shared with media later in the day. The number of casualties may change as the rescue of victims from under debris is continuing," Abdul Latif Rahimi from the provincial health directorate told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Explosion-Toll)

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ISLAMABAD -- Dozens of shops were burnt to ashes in a high-intensity fire that broke out in a famous electronics plaza in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore on Sunday, local media and rescue officials said.

According to the reports, the multi-storey plaza named Hafeez Center located in the city's Gulberg Main Boulevard area was engulfed in flames after the fire broke out on its second floor. (Pakistan-Lahore-Fire)

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