Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0630 GMT, Oct. 7

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TALUQAN, Afghanistan -- At least 60 shops were gutted in a fire that broke out in a district bazaar in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar overnight, local police said Monday.

"A fire which raged Rustaq district bazaar Sunday night was extinguished early Monday but the fire turned to ashes some 60 shops," provincial police spokesman Abdul Khalil Asir told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Fire)

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MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte continues to enjoy high performance and trust ratings three years into his six-year presidential term, according to an independent poll released on Monday.

A survey by Pulse Asia Research Inc. conducted from Sept. 16 to 22, 2019 showed 78 percent of the 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above surveyed nationwide approved of the way Duterte runs the country. (Philippines-Duterte-Support rate)

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TOKYO -- A fishing boat belonging to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and a Japanese Fisheries Agency patrol boat reportedly collided in the Sea of Japan on Monday, according to accounts from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG).

As a result of the collision, which occurred at around 9:10 a.m. local time (0010 GMT), the DPRK fishing vessel was left half-submerged with 20 crew members flung overboard and into the sea. (Japan-DPRK-Boat collision)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's chief nuclear envoy will visit Washington this week for talks over the Korean Peninsula affairs, Seoul's foreign ministry said Monday.

Lee Do-hoon, South Korea's special representative for Korean Peninsula peace and security affairs, will make a four-day visit to Washington from Monday to meet with Stephen Biegun, U.S. special representative for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) affairs. (S.Korea-U.S.-Talks) Enditem

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