Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 20

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SUVA -- Fiji has recorded 10 cases of dengue fever from its second largest island Vanua Levu.

Minister for Health Ifereimi Waqainabete said Monday that 10 cases of dengue fever have been reported in Labasa, Vanua Levu, after the recent rainy weather brought about by two cyclones hit Fiji recently. (Fiji-Dengue Fever)

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CANBERRA -- The Australian government has announced a support package for small businesses affected by bushfires.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Michaelia Cash, Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business on Monday announced the "comprehensive suite of measures to immediately support impacted small businesses." (Australia-Bushfires)

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SYDNEY -- A huge dust storm has blanketed large parts of outback Australia over the weekend, with videos and images posted on social media showing the jaw-dropping scale of the strange weather event.

Stretching from Broken Hill across to Nyngan, Parkes and Dubbo in the central-west of New South Wales State, local resident and photographer Marcia Macmillan told News Corp on Monday, that although it was the worst dust storm in 15 years, the phenomenon is becoming much more common in the region's drought-stricken towns. (Australia-Dust storm)

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SEOUL -- The issuance of mortgage-backed securities (MBS) in South Korea posted a double-digit growth last year as the government increased the supply of low-rate loans for ordinary people, financial watchdog data showed Monday.

The issuance of asset-backed securities, including the MBS, amounted to 51.7 trillion won (44.6 billion U.S. dollars) in 2019, up 4.7 percent from the previous year. (S. Korea-MBS-Growth) Enditem

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