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Xinhua world news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 5

06 Aug 2020, 02:18 GMT+10

JOHANNESBURG -- South African National Department of Health on Wednesday welcomed the arrival of experts from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The department's spokesperson Popo Maja told Xinhua that the visit was good. (South Africa-Health-WHO)

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ATHENS -- Greece's reshuffled cabinet was sworn in on Wednesday in Athens.

The minor cabinet reshuffle was designed to provide effective management in the areas of finance, growth, labor, health and environment. (Greece-New Cabinet)

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DHAKA -- At least 17 travellers were killed and one missing after a boat capsized in a wetland in Bangladesh's Netrokona district, some 158 km north of the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

"The bodies of 17 travellers have already been recovered," AKM Monirul Islam, the district's additional police chief, told Xinhua over mobile phone. (Bangladesh-Boat-Deaths)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- At least three persons were killed and two others wounded as a roadside bomb struck a car in Pul-e-Khumri, the capital of Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, on Wednesday, provincial government spokesman Nazir Najam said.

According to the official, a mine planted by the Taliban militants struck the car of Mahboubullah Ghafari, a former member of provincial council, at around 1:00 p.m. local time in Chashma-e-Shir area of Pul-e-Khumri city, killing three of his bodyguards and wounding two others. (Afghanistan-Roadside Bomb)

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ATHENS -- Greece sent a rescue team to Lebanon on Wednesday as an immediate relief response to the deadly blast in the Port of Beirut, the General Secretariat for Civil Protection said.

The Fire Brigade's EMAK unit, consisting of 12 members, a sniffer dog, two vehicles, and equipment, departed aboard a C-130 military aircraft. (Greece-Lebanon-Rescue Team)

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