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Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 26

26 May 2022, 10:30 GMT+10

OTTAWA -- The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) on Wednesday confirmed 16 cases of monkeypox in Canada.

All the cases have been reported in the province of Quebec, PHAC said in a statement, adding that samples are being received for confirmatory testing from multiple jurisdictions. (Canada-Monkeypox)

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MOSCOW -- Russia said on Wednesday that it is closely monitoring hostile activities of Japan and reserves the right to strengthen its defense capability in response.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova made the remarks in a statement commenting on Japan's so-called protest against the joint strategic air patrol by Chinese and Russian air forces on Tuesday. (Russia-Japan-Defense)

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KABUL -- At least 14 people were killed and 32 others wounded in four explosions that rocked Afghanistan's capital Kabul and northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif on Wednesday, authorities said.

In Kabul, at least five worshippers were killed and 17 others wounded after a blast ripped through a mosque during evening prayers in Kolola Pushta locality of Police District 4, an Italian-run surgical center wrote on social media. (Afghanistan-Explosions)

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MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Wednesday to simplify the procedure for residents in the Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions in southern Ukraine to apply for Russian citizenship.

Putin signed the document to amend an April 2019 decree, expanding the favorable terms from serving Donetsk and Lugansk residents to covering people of the current four places. (Russia-Ukraine-Citizenship)

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