Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 18

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ISLAMABAD -- Six dacoits were killed on Saturday in Lahore, the provincial capital city of Pakistan's east Punjab province, police said.

The dacoits entered a doctor's house, held his family hostage, and started looting them of their valuables, Senior Superintendent of Police Irtaza Kumail told media. (Pakistan-Clash)

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COLOMBO -- Altogether 74,664 foreign tourists arrived in Sri Lanka in the first 15 days of November, according to the latest statistics released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

According to SLTDA data, this is the highest number of tourist arrivals recorded within the first two weeks of any month of 2023. (Sri Lanka-Tourists)

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DHAKA -- Seven people died in Bangladesh due to the impact of cyclone Midhili, which has lashed the South Asian country with heavy rain and strong wind.

The cyclone left a trail of destruction in the coastal Bangladeshi districts after making landfall on Friday afternoon. (Bangladesh-Cyclone)

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TOKYO -- The average number of influenza patients per regularly monitored medical institution in Japan this week came to 17.35, down by 3.78 from a week earlier, marking its first week-on-week decline in about three months, the health ministry has said.

About 5,000 such designated facilities across the country reported 85,766 cases in the week through Sunday, with the per-institution count dropping week on week for the first time since the week starting Aug. 14, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases said on Friday. (Japan-Influenza) Enditem

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