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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Dec. 11

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Dec. 11 NEW DELHI -- India's maiden Mars mission, called Mangalyaan, successfully completed its first mid-course correction Wednesday morning, a senior official of the state-owned space agency said. "The mid-course correction was done some 2.9 million km away from Earth. The spacecraft was first re-oriented and then its smaller rockets fired to make the operation successful," the official of the Indian Space Research Organization said. (India- Mars) ----

1st LD: Big blast rocks Kabul

1st LD: Big blast rocks Kabul KABUL, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A powerful explosion occurred near the Kabul International Airport in the northern suburbs of Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, sources said. "An explosion took place in Qasaba Road, which is parallel to the northern barrier of the Kabul International Airport Wednesday morning," a security official told Xinhua. The blast sent a thick plume of smoke to the sky above the scene. The nature of the blast and the target of the attack remained unknown.

2nd Ld Writethru: Car bomb rocks Kabul, leaves no casualties

2nd Ld Writethru: Car bomb rocks Kabul, leaves no casualties KABUL, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A powerful explosion occurred near the Kabul International Airport in the northern suburbs of Kabul on Wednesday morning, causing no loss of life, police said. "An explosive-borne car apparently was detonated by remote control to target a convoy of foreign forces near the Kabul airport at around 08:00 a.m. local time today but fortunately hurt no one," an official with Public Relation Department of Kabul Police told Xinhua.

Suicide bomber attacks German troops near airport in Afghan capital

By Mirwais Harooni KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a convoy of German troops near the international airport in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Wednesday, a military official said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Confirmation of the attack from the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) came soon after a Reuters witness reported a large blast near the sprawling and heavily guarded facility, which is used by civilians and the military.

Urgent: Big blast rocks Kabul

Urgent: Big blast rocks Kabul KABUL, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- A powerful explosion occurred near the Kabul International Airport in the northern suburbs of Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, sources said.

Xinhua world news summary at 1530 GMT, Dec. 7

CAIRO -- An Egyptian court ordered Saturday 21 Islamist women and girls jailed over protests to be freed, official news agency MENA reported. Fourteen of them were given a one-year suspended sentence and seven others were acquitted. (Egypt-Islamist Women-Release) - - - - NEW DELHI -- At least 12 people were killed in two separate road accidents in India Friday night and Saturday morning, said police.

Demonstrators in Kabul protest against ethnic discrimination

Demonstrators in Kabul protest against ethnic discrimination KABUL, Dec. 7 (Xinhua) -- Several hundreds of demonstrators on Saturday staged a protest in Afghan capital Kabul, demanding the government to act against those who are inciting ethnic rivalry and undermine the "national unity" in the war-torn country. The demonstrators chanted slogans "we want national unity" and "government should stop acts that result in ethnic strife" during the protest held near the parliament building in western Kabul.

Blast goes off in Afghan capital, causing panic among residents

Blast goes off in Afghan capital, causing panic among residents KABUL, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- An explosion went off in Afghanistan' s capital of Kabul late Wednesday night, causing panic among the residents, witnesses and officials said early Thursday morning. "I heard a big bang in western Kabul at around 11:30 p.m. ( local time) Wednesday. First I thought it was an earthquake but following the blast several police vehicle alarm was heard in the area," said a resident Mohammad Mustafa.

AFP 0500 GMT News Advisory

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