Wed, 27 Oct 2021

KUNDUZ -- The Taliban intelligence chief in Afghanistan's northern Kunduz province has rejected reports of the local presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group as baseless and fabricated.

"Lasting peace has returned to Kunduz province and people are living in peace there and any report about the presence of Daesh (Islamic State) militants in Kunduz is utterly baseless," Hajji Najibullah Haron told reporters here on Wednesday.

Afghanistan will not allow anyone to sabotage peace and security in Kunduz or any other parts of the country, the official noted. (Afghanistan-Kunduz-Denial)

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JAKARTA -- Dozens of rescuers are heading to the location where a small plane crashed in a deep forest of a mountainous area in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua on Wednesday, an official said.

The plane, Rimbun Air, with three people on board went down on Wabu Mountain in Intan Jaya district, and the wreckage of the plane was seen from the air, National Search and Rescue Office's spokesman Yusuf Latief told Xinhua. (Indonesia-Plane Crash-Rescue)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's automotive production rose last month as solid demand for environmentally-friendly vehicles offset the shortage of semiconductors used for cars, a government report showed Wednesday.

The number of vehicles, manufactured in domestic plants, was 234,893 in August, up 0.7 percent from a year earlier, according to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy. (South Korea-Automotive Production)

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TOKYO -- Japan's top COVID-19 adviser Shigeru Omi on Wednesday warned against hurriedly relaxing the anti-epidemic measures, saying that restrictions should be eased only after the state of emergency is lifted.

At the House of Representatives' health committee, Omi stressed again that measures should be gradually lifted after the state of emergency expires and the number of infections declines to a certain level, saying a resurge of cases will certainly occur if the restrictions are eased suddenly. (Japan-COVID-19 Restrictions-Vaccination)

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