Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 7

Source: Xinhua| 2017-10-08 00:09:28|Editor: huaxia
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MANILA -- The Philippine police will impose a gun ban starting Nov. 1 to Nov. 15 as part of the security steps to ensure the safety of world leaders who will gather here for the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, a news report said Saturday.

The 10 ASEAN leaders and their counterparts from seven ASEAN dialogue partners plus thousands of delegates and journalists will attend or cover the summit. (Philippines-ASEAN Summit-Gun Ban)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017 will offer more than 100 fun-filled activities from October to December to promote the rich biodiversity of Hong Kong.

The "Nature Around Us" Art Exhibition, which is being held on Oct. 7-8, served to launch the Hong Kong Biodiversity Festival 2017. (Hong Kong-Biodiversity Festival)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 14 people were killed and scores of others injured after a collision between a passenger bus and a van in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan on Saturday, local Urdu TV channel Geo reported.

According to the report, the accident happened at about 11:20 a.m. local time when the driver of the van lost control due to over-speeding and collided head-on with a bus coming from the opposite direction in Mastung, a district located in the southwestern Balochistan. (Pakistan-Road Accident-Toll)

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NEW DELHI -- At least six people died after a boat capsized in a river in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said Saturday.

"The incident took place this morning when the boat in which the victims, which included two children, were travelling sank in Saryu river at Behta in Uttar Pradesh," a police official said. (India-Mishap-Boat)

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HONG KONG -- The MTR Corporation said on Saturday that the project of Hong Kong Express Rail Link is now 95 percent completed and the target opening date for the link is the third quarter of next year.

The MTR Corporation organized an open day for Hong Kong citizens to visit the trains of the Hong Kong Express Rail Link on Saturday. (Hong Kong-Express Rail Link) Enditem