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22 Apr 2021, 22:44 GMT+10

ISLAMABAD -- China strongly condemned the terrorist attack Wednesday night in a hotel in Quetta in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan, the Chinese embassy here said Thursday in a statement.

A car bomb hit Serena Hotel in Quetta causing many casualties, said the statement, adding that China expressed "condolences to the unfortunate victims and sympathy to the injured."

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KABUL -- At least 78 Taliban militants were killed in various operations conducted by Afghan government forces in the past 24 hours, according to Afghanistan's Ministry of Defense on Thursday.

"Forty-four Taliban militants were also wounded and eight others were arrested as a result of Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) operations in Ghazni, Zabul, Herat, Paktika, Balkh, Nimroz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces," the ministry said in a statement.

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TRIPOLI -- The International Follow-up Committee on Libya on Wednesday welcomed Security Council resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021), which extend the ban on the illicit export of petroleum and approve arrangements for a Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism.

"Participants welcomed the adoption of Security Council resolutions 2570 (2021) and 2571 (2021) that reflect their shared priorities and objectives and urge the Libyan authorities and institutions to implement them in full," said a statement issued by the United Nations (UN) Support Mission in Libya.

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's military said on Thursday that it struck targets in Syria after a Syrian anti-aircraft missile hit southern Israel earlier in the day.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in Israel.

"Surface-to-air missile fire was identified from Syria," an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement, adding that the missile landed in the Negev Desert.

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