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14 Oct 2021, 02:05 GMT+10

THE HAGUE -- Dutch prosecutors confirmed on Wednesday the arrest of a 22-year-old man from Amsterdam in July for planning an assassination attempt on caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

The confirmation came after a report in newspaper de Volkskrant disclosing the arrest. (Netherlands-PM-Threat)

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BISHKEK -- The new Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, headed by Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers and Head of the President's Administration Akylbek Zhaparov, took the oath of office on Wednesday.

The oath-taking ceremony was held at the country's parliament with the attendance of President Sadyr Zhaparov. (Kyrgyzstan-Cabinet-Zhaparov)

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GENEVA -- The AUKUS pact among the United States, Britain and Australia, which will enable Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines with technology provided by the United States and Britain, is a "textbook case" of nuclear proliferation based on the Cold War mentality and narrow-minded geopolitical calculation, a Chinese diplomat said Wednesday.

Answering questions at a virtual press conference, Chinese Ambassador for Disarmament Affairs Li Song said that the deal constitutes a serious challenge to the letter and spirit of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (UN-AUKUS-China)

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BEIRUT -- A training plane belonging to the Lebanese Aviation Club and carrying two people crashed on Wednesday in the sea off the coast of Halat in northern Lebanon, the National News Agency reported.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati asked the army to send a helicopter to assist in the search, and requested the mobilization of the naval forces in the search and rescue mission. (Lebanon-Plane Crash)

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