Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 8

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Saturday that his country ranked among the top 10 disaster vulnerable countries in the Global Climate Risk Index, witnessing multiple natural disasters over the years.

Earthquakes, floods, glacial lake outburst, cloud bursts, unprecedented rainfalls, severe heat waves, and forest fires have caused loss of precious lives, not to mention loss of millions of dollars, the prime minister said on the occasion of the National Resilience Day being observed to express solidarity with the people of Pakistan who suffered human and other losses due to disasters. (Pakistan-Disaster-Index)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni on Saturday signed a royal decree to sack Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Veng Sakhon from his post.

In the royal decree, the king said, "Veng Sakhon is dismissed from the post of the minister of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries."

"Samdech Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, must take responsibility to implement this royal decree from the day of signature," the king said. (Cambodia-Minister-Dismissal)

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MUMBAI -- Twelve persons were killed and 38 others injured after a private bus caught fire after hitting a trailer truck loaded with diesel on Saturday morning in India's Nashik district, 166 km from Mumbai.

"Most of those killed were passengers of the bus -- a sleeper coach. The injured have been shifted to the hospital for treatment," said Amol Tambe, deputy commissioner of Police of Nashik district in India's western state of Maharashtra. (India-Bus Accident-Casualties)

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PHNOM PENH -- More than 80,000 vehicles had traveled on Cambodia's first-ever expressway in the first week of its trial operation, according to data released by the freeway operator on Saturday.

"From Oct. 1 to 7, the total traffic volume on the Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway was 80,231," data from the Cambodian PPSHV Expressway Company showed. "On average, the daily traffic volume was about 11,460."

The Chinese-invested Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway was opened to traffic on Oct. 1 for a month's trial operation for free after more than three years of construction. (Cambodia-China-Expressway) Enditem

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