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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Aug. 15

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15 Aug 2020, 20:51 GMT+10

TOKYO -- Japan on Saturday commemorated the 75th anniversary of its surrender in World War II, with Emperor Naruhito expressing his "deep remorse" over Japan's wartime actions at an annual mourning ceremony in Tokyo.

The emperor and empress, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a limited number of people attended the ceremony which was scaled back due to the COVID-19 outbreak. (Japan-WWII Surrender-Anniversary)

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KABUL -- A total of 12 individuals have been arrested for allegedly being involved in trafficking and selling drugs in parts of the militancy-battered Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, Ministry of Interior said in a statement released here Saturday.

Counter-narcotics police of the Ministry for Interior launched series of operations in some provinces including Badakhshan, Kabul, Khost and Parwan early Friday, arresting 12 drug smugglers, said the statement. (Afghanistan-Drug-Arrest)

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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- Five insurgents have been confirmed dead and three others injured as government forces launched operations in the troubled Kofab district of Afghanistan's northern Badakhshan province on Saturday, spokesman for provincial government Nik Mohammad Nazari said.

Aimed at stabilizing security, the operation was launched in parts of the restive Kofab district early Saturday and so far five armed insurgents have been killed and three more injured, the official said, adding the crackdown would last until the district is cleared of militants. (Afghanistan-Operations-Death)

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ULAN BATOR -- Two people were missing after a fluorspar mine collapsed in Mongolia's eastern province of Khentii on Friday, the country's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reported on Saturday.

A search operation for the missing is currently underway, the NEMA said in a statement. (Mongolia-Mine Collapse-Missing)

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