Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 13

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has suffered a blow to his approval rating amid the ongoing bushfire crisis.

According to the latest Newspoll, which was published on Sunday night by The Australian, revealed that Morrison's popularity has plunged since he became prime minister in August, 2018. (Australia-Bushfire-PM-Popularity)

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MANILA -- Nearly 50,000 people living near a volcano on an island close to the Philippine capital have heeded official warning to evacuate as fears of an eruption grew, officials said on Monday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Taal Volcano in Talisay town in Batangas, approximately 66 km south of Manila, on Sunday to 4 on a scale of 5, indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption "within hours to days." (Philippines-Volcano)

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MANILA -- The Philippines will send two military ships with "a small contingent of unarmed servicemen" to help repatriate Filipino workers in the Middle East, Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, Lorenzana told reporters that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the deployment of two battalions of troops to the Middle East to help repatriate thousands of Filipino migrant workers in the region amid rising tensions between the United States and Iran. (Philippines-Middle East-Evacuation)

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SUVA -- Ten women died in Fiji last year due to domestic violence according to Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa on Monday.

She said the prevalence of violence against women and girls in Fiji were among the highest in the world. (Fiji-Domestic Violence) Enditem

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