Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Feb. 14

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HONG KONG -- Amid the battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, Trish, an experienced Hong Kong nurse, said she is ready to head to Wuhan, the epicenter and hardest-hit city in central China, to give a helping hand.

"I want to help combat COVID-19 there as it is a tradition in China that when one is in trouble, all other sides will come to help," Trish, 52, told Xinhua in an exclusive interview. (HK-Nurse-COVID-19)

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong's visitor arrivals in January more than halved from a year ago as cross-border transport services were reduced significantly amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) said on Friday that visitor arrivals stood at about 3.2 million last month, representing a daily average of 100,000, down by over 50 percent year on year. (HK-Tourism)

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NILI, Afghanistan -- The death toll in a series of avalanches that hit Afghanistan's central Daikundi province has risen to 19, provincial government spokesman Sakina Ehsani said Friday.

According to the official, 16 people died in Miramur district and three others in Ashtarli district in a series of avalanches since Wednesday. (Afghanistan-Avalanche-Death)

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BANGKOK -- Thai police have arrested a gunman who opened fire from a shophouse in downtown Bangkok on Friday morning.

The gunman fired more than 40 gunshots from a shophouse in Pathumwan district of Thai capital Bangkok, but nobody was reportedly killed or injured, according to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol. Lt. Gen. Phakkhaphong Phongphetra. (Thailand-Shooting) Enditem

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