Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 9

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TOKYO -- Typhoon Faxai, which made landfall near Tokyo early Monday morning, left at least three people dead in its wake and around 40 others injured as it battered the capital and surrounding areas on its way northward to the Pacific.

The powerful typhoon wreaked havoc on the Tokyo metropolitan area after making landfall near Chiba City, east of Tokyo, at around 5 a.m. local time, causing major disruption to transportation networks with train services being suspended and flights being halted as the capital and surrounding areas were lashed by torrential rain and battered by gusty winds. (Japan-Typhoon)

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MANILA -- The Abu Sayyaf terrorists are behind Sunday's suicide bomb attack in a remote town in the southern Philippines, a general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said on Monday.

Lt. General Cirilito Sobejana, chief of the AFP's Western Mindanao Command, said the unidentified female bomber, clad in black Muslim clothes, allegedly shouted Allah Akbar as she staggered towards the gate of a military camp in Sulu province. (Philippines-Militants)

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BANGKOK -- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) ministers and senior officials on Monday discussed how to accelerate human capital development in the region by using policy investments and reforms.

Convening on "ASEAN High-Level Meeting on Human Capital Development" in Bangkok, the panel recognized high levels of economic growth which have substantially reduced poverty over the last 20 years. (ASEAN-Human Capital Development)

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KABUL -- U.S. President Donald Trump in a surprise move cancelled the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, saying the armed group "probably doesn't have the power to negotiate a meaningful agreement" to end the war in Afghanistan.

Trump announced the decision on Saturday following a deadly car bomb attack in Kabul on Thursday that claimed 12 lives including that of a U.S. soldier and injured 42 others, all of whom were Afghan civilians. (Afghanistan-U.S.-Cancelled Talks) Enditem

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