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

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SYDNEY -- As Sydney, capital of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW), exited its 106-day lockdown Sunday, residents have re-emerged to celebrate a long-awaited "Freedom Day".

As some lockdown restrictions officially ended at midnight on Sunday and non-essential retail re-opened their doors, local Australians have lined up to get haircuts, visited 24-hour retail stores, and headed to the gym since the early hours of the morning. (Australia-COVID-19-Lockdown)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,971,607 on Monday, as 18,132 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

The number of new cases recorded in a day are the lowest in the past 215 days, said a statement by the federal health ministry. (India-COVID 19-Cases)

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CANBERRA -- Environmentalists have advised the Australian government that it must do more to arrest a decline in biodiversity.

Environment groups recently joined forces to urge Environment Minister Sussan Ley to make a pledge on halting biodiversity loss during the United Nations Biodiversity Conference. (Australia-Biodiversity)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating fell 0.4 percentage points from a week earlier to 40.0 percent last week, a weekly poll showed Monday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs rose 0.8 percentage points to 56.8 percent, according to the Realmeter survey. (South Korea-Presidential Approval Rating) Enditem

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