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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 17

17 Oct 2021, 20:49 GMT+10

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand reported 53 new cases of COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health in a statement on Sunday.

Of the new cases, 51 were community infections in Auckland and Waikato, two were imported cases detected at the border, it said. (New Zealand-COVID-19)

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MAHMUD-E-RAQI -- Five commuters lost their lives as their car turned turtle in eastern Kapisa province of Afghanistan on Saturday, a local official said Sunday.

According to the official who declined to be named, the five commuters were killed and another was injured when their car plunged into a ravine and turned upside down due to careless driving in Shikhan Daraghous of Nijrab district Saturday evening. (Afghanistan-Road Accident-Death)

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RAMALLAH -- Palestine on Saturday welcomed the efforts to prevent the immediate accession of Israel as an observer state in the African Union (AU).

The AU Executive Council, which concluded its 39th ordinary session held in Addis Ababa for two days, decided on Friday to postpone taking a final position regarding granting Israel observer status in the union until the AU summit scheduled for February 2022. (African Union-Israel-Palestine Issue)

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ISLAMABAD -- All seven members of a family including women and kids were killed in a fire that erupted in their house located in Muzaffargarh district of Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Sunday, the district administration said.

The family members were asleep when the big fire broke out, giving them no chance to escape and burning all of them to death, local media reported, quoting a district emergency officer as saying. (Pakistan-Fire)

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll due to heavy rains in the southern Indian state of Kerala rose to 18 on Sunday, local media reports said.

The heavy rains hit the state on Saturday, triggering landslides and flooding. (India-Kerala-Rain-Deaths)

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