Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Sept. 24

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KATHMANDU -- Nine people died in a landslide at Tamadi area of Waling municipality in Nepal's western Syangja district on Thursday morning, a senior police officer said.

"All nine people who died in the incident are the members of a single family as landslides triggered by incessant rainfalls buried the house," Superintendent of Police Hobindra Bogati at the District Police Office told Xinhua over the telephone. (Nepal-Landslide)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called for Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to find an optimal solution to the issue on South Korean victims who were forced into heavy labor by the Imperial Japan during World War II, according to the presidential Blue House.

Moon had phone talks with Suga, who took office last week, for 20 minutes from 11:00 a.m. local time, exchanging opinions on ways to develop Seoul-Tokyo relations and situations on the Korean Peninsula. (South Korea-Japan-Phone Talks)

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MANILA -- The number of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines surged to 296,755 after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 2,180 new cases on Thursday.

The DOH said that the number of recoveries also rose to 231,928 after it reported 580 more patients have survived the disease. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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MUMBAI -- At least 38 people were killed and two persons went missing after a residential building collapsed on Monday morning in Bhiwandi, 38 km west from Mumbai as the rescue operations concluded on Thursday.

The casualties included 17 children with 25 others being admitted to hospital for multiple injuries after the three-storey building caved on early Monday morning when the residents were asleep. (India-Building Collapse) Enditem

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