KABUL -- At least two people were wounded in an explosion near defense facilities in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan on Wednesday, the capital police confirmed.
"An improvised explosive device was detonated roughly at 8:15 a.m. (local time) in Police District 10, injuring two people," Kabul police spokesman Ferdaus Faramarz told reporters via a text message. (Afghanistan-Kabul-Explosion)
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DAMASCUS -- A military bus exploded in Syria's capital here on Wednesday morning, killing the driver and wounding three others, state news agency SANA reported.
The explosion took place following an electrical short that caused the gas tank to blow up inside the bus when it stopped at the Masaken al-Haras area, a neighborhood housing military personnel in northwestern Damascus. (Syria-Military Bus-Explosion)
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ULAN BATOR -- Smoke from massive wildfires raging in Russia's Siberia has reached some parts of Mongolia, including the capital Ulan Bator, the country's National Agency for Meteorology and Environmental Monitoring said Wednesday.
"In recent days, the capital city and some northern and central provinces of our country have been covered with white smoke, which is from Russia's Siberian wildfires," the agency said in a statement. (Mongolia-Siberia-Wildfires)
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HONG KONG -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted Vanuatu region at 05:55:12 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The epicenter, with a depth of 22.59 km, was initially determined to be at 20.486 degrees south latitude and 172.6099 degrees east longitude. (Vanuatu-Earthquake)