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25 Feb 2021, 02:30 GMT+10

BANGKOK -- Three current Thai Cabinet ministers lost their posts on Wednesday due to their court verdicts for jail in relation to 2014's Bangkok shutdown and street protests which they had unlawfully orchestrated.

Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan, Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta and Deputy Transport Minister Thavorn Senniam, who received jail terms ranging from five years to seven years and four months respectively, have automatically lost their ministerial seats. (Thailand-Ministers-Jail)

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ABUJA -- Ten people were killed and 47 others injured late Tuesday in a rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack by Boko Haram militants on two communities in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state in northeast Nigeria, local authorities said on Wednesday.

Children were among the victims because a playground was hit in the attack, the Borno state government said in a statement. (Nigeria-Boko Haram-Attacks)

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COLOMBO -- Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Wednesday agreed to strengthen cooperation in several areas including agriculture.

The agreement came as visiting Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan met here with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for bilateral ties.

During the meeting, Khan underlined the "exceptional quality" of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations with mutual trust, understanding and support. (Sri Lankal-Pakistan-Ties)

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SINGAPORE -- The first batch of the Chinese Sinovac Vaccine has arrived in Singapore, according to an update on the official website of the Chinese Embassy to Singapore.

"On Feb. 23, the first batch of Chinese Sinovac vaccine purchased by the Singaporean government arrived in Singapore," said the update. (Singapore-COVID-19)

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