Fri, 16 Apr 2021

MAIMANA -- A total of 23 militants were killed as fighting planes struck Taliban hideouts in Qaisar and Almar districts of northern Faryab province on Wednesday, army spokesman in the northern region Mohammad Hanif Rezai said Thursday.

At least seven more militants were also injured in the raid, the official said, adding the security forces would continue to target the insurgents elsewhere in the country. (Afghanistan-Raid-Taliban Toll)

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COLOMBO -- The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) on Thursday said that the country's vaccination program has bolstered economic sentiments, paving the way for an economic revival in 2021.

"Positive sentiments fuelled by the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the country and the impact of growth-promoting policies are expected to support the economic revival over the short to medium term," the CBSL said in a statement. (Sri Lanka-Vaccine-Economy)

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MALE -- The Maldives is facing capacity constraints as the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized for treatment is reaching critical levels, local media reported here Thursday.

Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) Spokesperson Dr. Fathimath Nazla Rafeeq was quoted in state media saying that if the current trend of daily cases continues, hospitals may be forced to reject patients due to lack of beds and other resources.

The Maldives currently has 2,615 active cases of COVID-19, out of which 187 have been hospitalized for treatment according to data from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) updated on Wednesday afternoon. (Maldives-Capacity Constraints-Pandemic)

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SEOUL-- Nine more U.S. soldiers and four civilians in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday.

The USFK said in a statement that 13 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with the COVID-19 after they arrived in South Korea between Feb. 12 and March 1. (South Korea-US Soldiers-Pandemic)

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