Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 11

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NEW DELHI -- At least eight laborers were killed and several others injured after the roof of an under-construction building collapsed in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, police said Wednesday.

The roof collapsed Tuesday evening in Jodhpur district, about 356 km west of Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan.(India-Building collapse)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's incoming Chief Scientist has called for the country to be "bold and ambitious" to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.

Cathy Foley, a leading physicist who was appointed as Australia's next Chief Scientist by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, told The Guardian Australia on Wednesday that she wants Australia to be a world leader in renewable energy.(Australia-Emissions)

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SEOUL -- Sixteen more U.S. soldiers and five other individuals in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has said.

The USFK said in a statement Tuesday that 21 USFK-affiliated individuals were confirmed with COVID-19 after arriving in South Korea between Oct. 23 and Nov. 8.(South Korea-U.S. soldiers-COVID-19)

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CANBERRA -- The mental health of young Australians has declined sharply amid the coronavirus pandemic, a study has found.

The survey, which was conducted by Australian National University (ANU) researchers and published on Tuesday, asked more than 3,000 respondents to rate their psychological distress from six to 30.(Australia-Mental health) Enditem

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