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27 Sep 2023, 02:05 GMT+10

MOSCOW -- At least 20 people died and 290 were wounded in Monday's fuel depot explosion in the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Seven victims died in hospital, and unidentified bodies of another 13 people were taken to the coroner's office, Armenia's state-run news agency Armenpress reported on Tuesday, citing local healthcare authorities. (Nagorno-Karabakh-Blast)

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VIENNA -- A Chinese nuclear official on Monday lambasted Japan's "irresponsible" release of nuclear-contaminated wastewater from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the sea at the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

China actively supports the IAEA's efforts to safeguard international peace and security, and to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and nuclear technologies for better benefiting developing countries, said Liu Jing, vice chairman of the China Atomic Energy Authority, during the general debate of the conference held here. (China-Japan-Fukushima-IAEA)

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ZARANJ, Afghanistan -- Two children have been confirmed dead due to the blast of a mortar mine in Dilaram district of west Afghanistan's Nimroz province on Tuesday, the district's governor Gul Bani Nafiz said.

The victims were busy collecting garbage when they found a mortar mine left over from past wars. The explosion of the device later killed the two children on the spot while injuring two others, the official asserted. (Afghanistan-Mortar Mine-Blast)

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JUBA -- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Tuesday decried continued violence against civilians that resulted in killings, injuries, and abductions.

The UNMISS said between April and June, it documented 222 incidents of violence against civilians including 128 children whereby 395 civilians were killed, 281 injured, 166 abducted, and 29 were subjected to conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV). (South Sudan-UNMISS-Violence)

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ANKARA -- Turkish parliament will ratify Sweden's NATO membership if the United States permits the sale of its F-16 fighter jets to Türkiye, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.

"If they fulfill their promise, our parliament will also fulfill its, and take its steps accordingly," Erdogan was quoted by semi-official Anadolu Agency as saying. (Türkiye-Sweden-NATO Bid)

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JERUSALEM -- Israel's tourism minister traveled to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, the first public visit by an Israeli minister to the kingdom, said Israel's Ministry of Tourism in a statement.

Haim Katz "is the first Israeli minister to head an official delegation in Saudi Arabia," the statement reads. The visit also came amid talks between the two countries to normalize relations. (Israel-Saudi Arabia-Visit)

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