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Jul. 24, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, July 24

COTABATO, Philippines -- Three powerful tremors measuring between magnitude 7.3 and 7.4 hit the southern Philippines early Saturday, the United States Geological Survey reported, but no reports of damage or tsunami warning was issued.

The underwater quakes struck at a depth of between 576.3 and 616.7 kilometers, about 120 kilometers southwest of Cotabato, in Mindanao, said the US Geological Survey.

The quake was felt in the cities of Zamboanga, PaGadian and Koronadal but Officials were still determining if there were casualties or damages. ----

JAKARTA -- A shallow strong quake measuring 6.0 Richter scale rocked North Sumatra province of Sumatra island in Indonesia on Saturday, the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency reported here.

The quake struck at 09:11 a.m. Jakarta time (0211 GMT) with epicentre at 18 km northwest Panyambungan of the province and with the depth at 10 km under land, agency official Ali Imron told Xinhua by phone.


KABUL -- Four NATO service members killed following an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, a statement of the alliance said.


SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir -- At least 17 people were killed Friday evening after a mini-bus they were traveling in plunged into a river in India-controlled Kashmir,police said Saturday.


JALPAIGURI, India -- A Mig-27 fighter jet of the Indian Air Force crashed in a field on Saturday, killing one person on the ground and injuring 25 others, police said.

B. Rai, a farmer who was cultivating his field at that time, was killed when the Mig fighter crashed.

The incident took place at Bhotputti village in Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal state in east India.

"Twenty-five people were injured when the aircraft crashed, of whom five are in a serious condition at present and have been sent to hospitals," superintendent of police Anand Kumar said in a statement. ----

KABUL -- Afghan forces killed 50 Taliban insurgents in the eastern Nuristan province, a press release of Defense Ministry said here on Saturday.

ISLAMABAD, July 24 (Xinhua) -- The son of a well-known anti- terrorism politician, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in northwest Pakistan, was killed by unknown gunman Saturday evening, reported local media Express.

According to the report, the attack took place Saturday evening when an unknown gunman shot dead the son of the minister near the city of Nowshera, a city east of Peshawar, capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. ----

KABUL -- NATO forces on Saturday confirmed two foreign soldiers went missing in Afghanistan, while Taliban claimed they held two solders in captive.

"Two International Security Assistance Force service members departed their compound in Kabul City in a vehicle on Friday afternoon and did not return," said a statement issued by the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).



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