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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, April 14

14 Apr 2021, 21:18 GMT+10

KABUL -- At least 51 people were killed in insurgent activities and clashes in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, according to a local independent war monitoring group on Wednesday.

"Within the past 24 hours, our team has documented 51 deaths, including three civilians, six Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) members, and 42 Taliban militants," Reduction in Violence (RiV) said on the social media platform twitter. (Afghanistan-Insurgents)

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SEOUL -- South Korea is considering referring Japan to an international tribunal for the decision to release nuclear wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean, the presidential Blue House said Wednesday.

Blue House spokesman Kang Min-seok told a press briefing that President Moon Jae-in instructed secretaries during an internal meeting to actively review referring Japan to the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea for Tokyo's decision to dump the contaminated water into the ocean. (S. Korea-Japan-Nuclear)

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BEIJING -- A foreign ministry spokesperson Wednesday confirmed the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's visit to China. The spokesperson said that Xie Zhenhua, China's special envoy for climate change affairs, will hold talks with him in Shanghai.

Kerry will visit China from April 14 to 17, at China's invitation, spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a daily press briefing in response to a media inquiry. (China-U.S.-Talks)

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MOGADISHU -- Somali President Mohamed Farmajo on Tuesday evening signed into law a new resolution on the electoral process, which grants the president a two-year extension of his term.

Osman Dubbe, Somali information minister, said Farmajo signed the Special Electoral Law after Western nations warned that they will reevaluate their diplomatic engagement with Somalia. (Somalia-Elections)

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