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03 May 2021, 02:30 GMT+10

AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- Book lovers in Auckland, New Zealand indulged themselves in the 1,500 books from China on display at the New Zealand-China Book Show in central Auckland on Sunday.

The New Zealand-China Book Show was hosted by China International Book Trading Corporation with local partners New Zealand China Culture Exchange Centre and Panda Bookshop, aiming to provide quality Chinese books to readers and book lovers in New Zealand. (New Zealand-China-Book show)

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SUVA -- Fiji's health authorities warned Fijians on Sunday not to lower their guard against COVID-19 after no reports of new cases in the island nation over the past 24 hours.

According to Fiji's Health Ministry, there are no new cases of COVID-19 in Fiji on Sunday, but the danger is not over. (Fiji-COVID-19-Warning)

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TOKYO -- The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms hit a record 1,050 across Japan on Sunday, according to the latest figures from the health ministry and local authorities.

The previous record was 1,043 on Jan. 27 when several prefectures were under the second state of emergency over the coronavirus.

As of Sunday night, the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country increased by 5,900 to reach 604,885, while the death toll from the pneumonia-causing virus currently stands at 10,400, with 61 new fatalities announced Sunday. (Japan-COVID-19-Tally)

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NEW DELHI -- Amid spike in COVID-19 cases, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday held a virtual meeting with experts to review oxygen availability in the country, officials said.

"In line with his direction of exploring innovative ways to ramp up supply and availability of oxygen, PM Modi today chaired a meeting to review the usage of gaseous oxygen," Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said.

During the virtual meeting, Modi reviewed the progress of converting nitrogen plants to oxygen plants in the country. (India-Oxygen)

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KABUL -- The U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Sunday handed over a key operating base to Afghan National Army in restive southern Helmand province, reported local media.

"Camp Antonik in Helmand province was officially handed over to the Afghan army's 215 Maiwand Corps on Sunday," Tolo News TV reported.

With no change in its name, the camp will be used as a base for Afghan Special Operations Forces, the report said. (Afghanistan-U.S. force-Withdrawal-Base)

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