Tue, 17 May 2022

JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- A total of 63 militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) outfit have laid down arms and surrendered to security authorities in eastern Afghanistan, said an official statement released Tuesday.

Pardoning the surrendered insurgents for their activities in the past, a senior security official, Mohamad Bashir, said that the former militants will be severely punished if they violate the law or disrupt security in the area.

More than 600 alleged militants affiliated with the hardliner IS group have surrendered to security authorities in the eastern Nangarhar province over the past six months, the statement said.(Afghanistan-IS-Militants-Surrender)

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CANBERRA -- A record number of Australians have cast their ballots on the first day of pre-polling for the general elections.

According to the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC), more than 300,000 people cast their votes on the first day of pre-poll voting on Monday.

It represents an almost three-fold increase from 120,000 on the first day in the 2019 election.

More than 500 pre-poll voting booths opened on Monday in the lead-up to the election day on May 21. (Australia-Early Voting)

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HONG KONG -- The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Tuesday firmly rejected and strongly condemned the comments by the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) countries and the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Their statement smeared the HKSAR's sixth-term chief executive election, and attacked the Chinese central government's policies towards Hong Kong, said a spokesperson for the office. (Hong Kong-Liaision Office-G7)

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