Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 2

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government on Monday confirmed an agreement made to purchase an uninhabited island in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima to be used by U.S. military aircraft to practice carrier takeoffs and landings.

Japan's top government spokesperson told a press briefing on the matter that the government plans to build a permanent facility for U.S. carrier-borne fighters to practice takeoffs and landings on Mage Island. (Japan-U.S.-Island)

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MANILA -- Manila's international airport, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, will be closed for 12 hours starting 11 a.m. on Tuesday due to the threat posed by powerful typhoon Kammuri that is expected to make a landfall on Monday night or early Tuesday morning, airport authorities said on Monday.

Ed Monreal, general manager of the Manila international airport authority, said that the airport will be closed from 11 a.m. on Tuesday until 11 p.m. (Philippines-Typhoon-Airport)

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SUVA -- Samoa's Ministry of Health confirmed on Monday five more deaths in the island nation's measles epidemic, bringing the death toll to 53 since the measles outbreak in Mid-October.

According to a government statement on Monday, of the 53 deaths, 48 are children under four years old, with five fatalities in the last 24 hours. (Samoa-Measles Outbreak)

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PHNOM PENH -- Three workers died and 13 others got injured after a pagoda's dining hall that was under construction collapsed in northwest Cambodia's Siem Reap province on Monday, said a provincial administration's statement.

The deadly accident happened at around 3:00 p.m. local time at an eight-meter-high dining hall in Prasat Korkchak pagoda in Siem Reap city. (Cambodia-Pagoda-Accident) Enditem

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