Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Aug. 10

BEIRUT — Lebanese Justice Minister Marie Claude Najm resigned on Monday after Beirut’s blasts which rocked Beirut on Tuesday, killing at least 158 people and wounding 6,000, LBCI local TV channel reported.

Information and environment ministers also resigned a day earlier due to the explosions in addition to members of parliament who decided to confront the current political class in the aim of implementing much-needed reforms in the country. (Lebanon-Blast-Resignation)

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TEHRAN — Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Monday dismissed the allegations of interfering in the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

“This is one of the ridiculous claims that the Americans have raised recently with respect to the (upcoming) elections in their country,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said. (Iran-US-Elections)

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KABUL — Six Taliban militants were killed and nine militants wounded in premature explosions in two Afghan regions, authorities said on Monday.

In northern Takhar province, two militants were killed and two others wounded after an Improvised Explosive Device they were carrying detonated prematurely in Hazar Bagh locality, Khwaja Ghar district, Monday morning, district chief Mohammad Omar told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Blasts-Death)

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PARIS — Paris prosecutor’s office on Monday launched an anti-terrorism investigation into an attack which targeted French nationals in Niger, state-run France info radio reported.

The probe was opened for “assassination in relation to a terrorist undertaking” and “terrorist criminal association.” It was entrusted to the General Directorate for Internal Security and anti-terrorist sub-directorate. (France-Niger-Attack)

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HONG KONG — A spokesman for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Monday that the HKSAR government fully supports the central government’s counter-measure against the United States and will facilitate its enforcement.

In response to the so-called “sanctions” introduced unreasonably by the U.S. government against officials of the central government and the HKSAR government days earlier, China’s foreign ministry announced sanctions against 11 persons from the United States on Monday. (HK-US-Sanctions)



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