Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 15

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HONG KONG -- The American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (AmCham HK) has found that many U.S. businesses have been affected by Hong Kong's prolonged protests and violence, and feared that a Hong Kong-related bill at the U.S. Congress could have counter-productive consequences on U.S. business.

In its latest temperature-testing survey conducted on Oct. 8-13 and published Monday, AmCham HK found that 61 percent of the surveyed member companies have seen their business affected by the months of protests and violence in Hong Kong to a great or medium extent, higher than the result of 43.8 percent of a previous survey in July. (Hong Kong-U.S.-AmCham)

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ISLAMABAD -- Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate met with Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan here on Tuesday.

The royal couple arrived in Pakistan on a five-day visit Monday night. And this is their first official visit to the country. The British High Commission said they began their tour of Pakistan with a "day of education, conservation and official engagements" in Islamabad. (Pakistan-Britain-Prince)

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- At seven Afghan army personnel were dead after a military helicopter crashed in Mazar-i-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province on Tuesday, local police said.

The Afghan Air Force helicopter went down in Durrah-i-Hairratan, an area on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif at about 5:00 p.m. local time and the site of the crash was secured by army personnel, police officer from the Afghan National Police told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Helicopter Crash)

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TOKYO -- Typhoon Hagibis, which swept across central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday, has claimed at least 74 lives in Japan as of Tuesday as rescuers raced against the clock to locate more than 12 missing people.

In addition, 218 others were injured during the weekend storm, according to the latest NHK tally. (Japan-Typhoon-Death Toll) Enditem

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