PANDEGLANG, Indonesia — The Indonesian disaster agency on Monday put the death toll of the tsunami triggered by a volcanic eruption at 373 with 1,459 others injured, a spokesman of the agency told Xinhua on Monday. (Indonesia-Tsunami)
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KABUL — Another blast hit the Afghan capital of Kabul as a gun battle erupted outside the Ministry for Public Work, an official said on Monday.

The militants after detonating an explosive-laden car outside the ministry entered the compound, triggering a gun battle with police, the official said on condition of anonymity. (Afghanistan-Blast)
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BEIJING — The world in the past four decades has witnessed China’s market-oriented reforms and ever-growing interaction with the rest of the world, say experts.

China’s decades of miraculous development will never come to a halt and Tuesday’s gathering celebrating China’s 40th anniversary of reform and opening-up fired another starting pistol for a marvelous journey ahead, experts added. (China-Reform and Opening-up)
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SEOUL — South Korea sent an advance team Monday to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to prepare for a groundbreaking ceremony later this week to connect railways and roads across the border, according to Seoul’s unification ministry.

The advance team, composed of 31 officials from unification and transport ministries, left early in the morning for the DPRK’s border town of Kaesong. Among them, 27 officials would stay there for the ceremony preparations. (S.Korea-DPRK-Railway) Enditem


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