Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 29

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DHAKA -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Sunday laid the foundation stone virtually for the extension of a maritime airport runway in Cox's Bazar, around 300 km southeast of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

The extended runway, the longest in Bangladesh, is to be built by a joint venture of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and Changjiang Yichang Waterway Engineering Bureau. (Bangladesh-China-Airport Runway Project)

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KATHMANDU -- Huaxin Cement Narayani Pvt. Ltd, a China-Nepal joint venture, is preparing to start producing cement after completing the project in the central Dhading district of Nepal, a representative of the Nepali partner said Sunday.

"We've completed the construction facilities of the factory and installed machinery," Suraj Vaidya from Vaidya's Organization of Industries & Trading Houses (VOITH), a leading business group in Nepal, told Xinhua.

"We plan to start production in the next two months," Vaidya added. (Nepal-China-Cement Factory)

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KABUL -- Six Afghan civilians, including four children, were killed after a rocket was fired at the Kabul airport where the U.S.-led evacuation flights were continuing but failed to hit the target, a local source confirmed.

"The rocket struck a house in Khwaja Bughra, a populated residential area in Police District 15, killing two adults and four children," Hajji Karim, a representative of the neighborhood in the municipality district, told reporters at the site. (Afghanistan-Rocket Attack-Casualties)

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TOKYO -- Japan's Okinawa prefectural government said it suspended inoculation at a mass COVID-19 vaccination site Sunday after another lot of Moderna Inc. vaccine was discovered with contaminants.

The decision came after previous contaminated Moderna shots were halted from use.

Before black and pink substances were found in a vial and three syringes during pre-inoculation inspections, over 1,500 people were waiting to receive shots at the vaccination site in Naha Saturday afternoon. (Japan-Moderna Vaccine-Suspension) Enditem

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