Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 9

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TOKYO -- A collision of a jetfoil ferry with a marine animal took place off Japan's Sado Island in the Sea of Japan on Saturday, injuring 87 people, local media reported, citing the Japan Coast Guard.

Of the injured, five are in critical condition. (Japan-Ferry)

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KABUL -- At least eight militants were killed and five others wounded in two military operations in Afghan provinces, authorities said Saturday.

In one incident, six Taliban were killed and five others wounded after security forces raided a Taliban hideout in remote Kuran Wa Munjan district of northern Badakhshan province Friday night, Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, a press officer of army's Division 20 Pamir, told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Military)

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MANILA -- An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude struck off Surigao del Norte province in the southern Philippines on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Initially, the institute said the quake was magnitude 6.4. But a few minutes later the institute revised its magnitude to 6.2. (Philippine-Earthquake)

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WELLINGTON -- The deputy consul-general of the Chinese Consulate-General in Christchurch on Saturday visited the Chinese tourists who were injured in a car accident on Friday.

The deputy consul-general, who arrived at the Dunedin Hospital to visit the Chinese tourists, told Xinhua that the injured are in stable condition. (New Zealand-China)

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DHAKA -- The World Bank (WB) approved a 165-million-U.S. dollar grant to provide basic services for Bangladesh and build disaster and social resilience for the Rohingyas who fled violence from Myanmar and took shelter in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar.

The "Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project" will help Bangladesh cope with the displaced Rohingya people. (Bangladesh-World Bank) Enditem

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