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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 8

09 May 2021, 02:44 GMT+10

MALE -- Two suspects have been arrested by the Maldives Police Service (MPS) in investigations into a terrorist attack that injured Speaker of Parliament Mohammed Nasheed, state media reported here Saturday.

State-owned PSM News reported that 21-year-old Mujaz Ahmed and 32-year-old Thahumeen Ahmed were arrested in connection to an attack on Speaker and former President Nasheed on Thursday. (Maldives-Suspect-Terror Attack)

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KABUL -- At least 25 people were killed and 52 wounded after three consecutive explosions rocked outside a school in western part of Kabul, capital of Afghanistan on Saturday, the capital police confirmed.

"The latest figures found 25 martyred and 52 wounded were transported from today's incident and the toll and number of wounded may change," Basir Mujahed from capital police told reporters via a text message.

The incident occurred in front of Sayyed-ul-Shuhada High School in Etifaq township, Police District 13 roughly at 4:30 p.m. local time. (Afghanistan-School-Explosion)

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NEW DELHI -- The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) has granted the emergency use authorisation license to the country's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a drug to treat COVID-19 patients, officials said Saturday.

The drug, namely drug 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), was developed by the Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), a lab of DRDO in collaboration with Dr Reddy's Laboratories (DRL), Hyderabad. (India-COVID-19-Drug)

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KATHMANDU -- As many as 26 members of the House of Representatives in Nepal have tested positive for coronavirus, just as they are preparing to vote on Monday on a motion of confidence called by Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli.

The secretariat of the federal parliament conducted the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for lawmakers ahead of the key vote, with tests returned positive for 18 of them, while eight others were already infected from the second wave of the pandemic that is raging in Nepal, said Gopal Nath Yogi, secretary at the House of Representatives. (Nepal-COVID-19-Parliament member-Positive)

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