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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 24

JAKARTA -- The Indonesian Police's anti-terror squad on Tuesday arrested a college student for allegedly helping raise funds to support the activities of the Islamic State terrorist group in Malang, East Java province.

"The suspect, initialed IA, is a 22-year-old college student of a university in Malang. Besides raising funds, he also operated a social media account to spread materials regarding how to do acts of terrorism," Indonesian Police spokesman, Brigadier General Ahmad Ramadhan, told a press conference. (Indonesia-Police-IS Suspect)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam said on Tuesday that activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland will resume as the COVID-19 outbreak in Hong Kong has been on a downward trend.

Lam told the press ahead of an executive council meeting that the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of the HKSAR government will host a wealth of cultural, arts, recreational and sports programs to celebrate with the public the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR on July 1. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-25th Anniversary)

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TALUQAN -- A relatively powerful earthquake jolted Afghanistan's Takhar and Kunduz provinces on Tuesday, locals said.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted 63 km SE of Farkhar district on Tuesday. (Afghanistan-Quake)

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KABUL -- Casualties feared as blast heard in western Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday, eyewitnesses said.

The eyewitnesses who declined to be named said that the blast took place close to a student class in Dasht-e-Barchi area, a suburb of Police District 18 around noon. (Afghanistan-Blast)