Sun, 16 May 2021

KABUL -- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken exchanged views Thursday on the withdrawal of U.S. troops and the war on terrorism, the office of the Afghan president confirmed.

During the meeting held in the Afghan Presidential Palace, the Afghan president stressed the common struggle of all countries against terrorism, the presidential office said in a statement. (Afghanistan-U.S.-Visit)

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MACAO -- Ho Iat Seng, chief executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR), said on Thursday that Macao must continuously improve the legal system and implementation mechanism for safeguarding national security and step up system and capacity building in this regard.

April 15 of each year is designated as the day for raising the public awareness of national security after the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress passed a new national security law in 2015. (Macao-National Security Day)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong on Thursday embraced its first National Security Education Day after the law on safeguarding national security in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) came into force in mid-2020.

Various activities, including lectures, exhibitions, mosaic walls and doors open days of disciplined services, were held to boost the public awareness of safeguarding national security in the global financial hub. (Hong Kong-National Security Day)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's COVID-19 death toll reached a grim milestone Thursday as 94 more people have died from the pandemic, bringing the total fatality to 10,081.

The country's Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) also reported 4,192 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, raising the case tally to 707,362. (Bangladesh-COVID-19)

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