Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 11

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KABUL -- Two U.S. service members were killed and two other U.S. service members wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan's southern Kandahar province on Saturday, the coalition forces confirmed.

Security situation has been improving in Kandahar, the former stronghold of Taliban, over the past months, as security forces have conducted search and cordon operations across the province. But the militants attack government interests in the province from time to time. (Afghanistan-U.S.-Troops-Killing)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Carrie Lam visited on Saturday the wife of a 57-year-old construction worker set on fire by a rioter and transferred donations of 300,000 Hong Kong dollars (around 40,000 U.S. dollars) to her.

Lam also denounced rioters who silence other people by doxxing and vandalism and said that partial coverage that glorifies violent accidents is outrageous. (Hong Kong-Lam-Riot-Victim)

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CANBERRA -- The head of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) has warned that the worse of the nation's bushfire crisis could still be yet to come.

Angus Campbell, the Chief of the Defence Force, promised that the ADF was "going to be part of the story of rebuilding this country", telling troops who have been deployed to help with bushfire recovery efforts that they would be "in it for the long haul." (Australia-Bushfire)

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NEW DELHI -- A glittering cultural event was organized by the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Friday night to commemorate the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the 70th year of diplomatic ties between China and India.

Artists from the China Oriental Performing Arts Group gave splendid dance-and-music performances, much to the delight of the audience comprising both Chinese and Indian nationals. (India-China-Lunar New Year)

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ISLAMABAD -- A blast hit a mosque in capital city Quetta of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Friday night, killing at least 14 people and injuring 20 others, a senior police officer said.

The victims, including the deputy superintendent police of Quetta, were offering prayers inside the mosque when they were targeted by the explosion, Inspector General of Quetta police Abdul Razzaq Cheema told Xinhua. (Pakistan-Killing) Enditem

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