Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Oct. 9

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Wednesday welcomed the World Economic Forum's ranking of Hong Kong as the third most competitive economy globally and vowed to continue to generate more business opportunities for Hong Kong.

In the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2019 newly published by the World Economic Forum, Hong Kong is ranked third globally among 141 economies, up four places from last year.(Hong Kong-Economy)

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KABUL -- Anti-government militants blew up power pylon in Salang district of Afghanistan's eastern Parwan province and left Kabul in darkness, provincial police spokesman Mohammad Salim Nuri said Wednesday.

"Taliban militants detonated a pylon in Salang district some 70 km north of Kabul early Wednesday and thus left Kabul in darkness," Nuri told Xinhua.(Afghanistan-Militants)

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HANOI -- A sleeping coach carrying some 20 passengers overturned in Vietnam's central Ha Tinh province on early Wednesday morning, leaving one died and four local people severely injured.

The coach lost control in Ha Tinh's Huong Son district at around 4 a.m. on Wednesday when it was on the way from central Nghe An province to Laos, Vietnam News Agency quoted local authorities as reporting.(Vietnam-Accident)

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CANBERRA -- A leading member of the Opposition Australian Labor Party has called for the party to abandon its ambitious carbon emissions target.

The Labor Party's resources Spokesperson Joel Fitzgibbon will say in a speech on Wednesday that Labor should match the higher end of government's target to reduce carbon emissions by 26-28 percent of 2005 levels by 2030, according to The Australian.(Australia-Climate change) Enditem

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