Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1030 GMT, Oct. 7

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TOKYO -- Following a collision between a Japanese patrol vessel and a boat belonging to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), more than 20 crew members from the DPRK vessel were rescued after their boat capsized in the incident, local media quoted the coast guard as saying Monday.

As a result of the collision, which occurred at around 9:10 a.m. local time, the DPRK fishing vessel was left half-submerged with around 20 crew members flung overboard, the Japan Fisheries Agency said. (Japan-DPRK-Collision)

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HONG KONG -- A Hong Kong court on Monday heard a case against two people who were indicted for violating the anti-mask law in the first such trial after the ban went into effect on Saturday.

The Eastern Magistrates' Courts held the trial against an 18-year-old male student at the City University of Hong Kong and a 38-year-old female who claimed to be unemployed. (Hong Kong-Court)

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BANGKOK -- Greater collaboration between government and the private sector, and inter-regional dialogue should be implemented if the global energy transition is to be realized, said the 10th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok on Monday.

The commission said in a report that while the Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) and the Paris Agreement provide a blueprint for the global energy transition, global energy targets require vast amounts of capital as well as long-term planning and coordination at multiple levels of government. (Thailand-UN-Energy)

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KABUL -- Three Afghan security forces and 18 Taliban militants were killed in fresh clashes in the country's northern Kunduz province Sunday night, the Afghan Interior Ministry said Monday.

"Security forces fought a tense battle with Taliban militants after they attacked Qalay-i-Zal district with assault rifles and machine guns," the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Militants) Enditem

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