Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 1

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MANILA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology revised the magnitude of an earthquake down to 6, which rattled the southern Philippines on Wednesday.

The institute first reported the magnitude of the quake as 6.1. It said the quake, which occurred at 6:44 p.m. local time, hit at a depth of 11 km, about 14 km northeast of New Bataan town in Davao De Oro province. (Philippines-Earthquake)

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HONG KONG -- The Office of the Commissioner of the Chinese Foreign Ministry in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Wednesday deplored the British Home Office for talking about the so-called "commitment to Hong Kongers" at the second anniversary of its new BNO visa policy, which interfered in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs.

A spokesperson for the office pointed out that in disregard of China's resolute objection and counter-measures and its agreements with China, the British side repeatedly manipulated the British National Overseas (BNO) issue with the Hong Kong national security law as an excuse to support anti-China forces in Hong Kong. (China-British BNO Scheme-Condemnation)

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SYDNEY -- Authorities in the Western Australia state (WA) confirmed that the tiny silver capsule, which contained the radioactive substance Caesium-137, was found and safely controlled at about 11:00 a.m. local time on Wednesday.

"We successfully retrieved the radioactive capsule after searching hundreds of kilometers in the outback and the metro area over the last six days. The capsule was located just south of Newman on the Great Northern Highway. It was two meters from the side of the road," said Darren Klemm, Fire and Emergency Services commissioner. (Australia-Missing Radioactive Capsule)

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YANGON -- Myanmar's National Defense and Security Council (NDSC) on Wednesday extended the state of emergency in the Southeast Asian country for six more months.

According to a statement signed by Acting President U Myint Swe, the emergency period is extended in accordance with the Section 425 of the State Constitution for six months from Feb. 1, 2023, citing that as unusual circumstances are happening in the country, only if the emergency period is extended, will the Commander-in-Chief accomplish his responsibilities. (Myanmar-State of Emergency-Extension) Enditem

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