Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Oct. 21

Source: Xinhua| 2021-10-21 18:02:34|Editor: huaxia

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Thursday announced that oaths taken by 16 District Council (DC) members on Oct. 8 were invalid.

The HKSAR government held the oath-taking ceremony for DC members from the Tsuen Wan District Council, the Tuen Mun District Council, the Yuen Long District Council, the Kwai Tsing District Council and the Islands District Council at North Point Community Hall on Oct. 8. (Hong Kong-District Council-Oath-taking)

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KABUL -- Security authorities in Afghanistan have arrested 250 militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) terror group over the past one month, local media reported Thursday.

"A total of 250 individuals affiliated with the IS, many of whom fled prisons, have been arrested over the past one month," Tolo News television channel quoted the Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid as saying.

The IS group has claimed responsibility for targeting the Shiite Muslims mosques in Kunduz and Kandahar. (Afghanistan-IS Militants-Arrest)

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SEOUL -- Two Chinese crew members were rescued Thursday after a fishing boat capsized in waters off South Korea's easternmost islets of Dokdo (called Takeshima by Japan), according to the Chinese embassy in South Korea.

The two rescued members, together with a South Korean crew member, were taken to hospital by a helicopter, and no other survivors have been found, a spokesperson of the Chinese embassy said, citing the South Korean side.

The Chinese embassy said it is working with relevant local governments to contact the families of the four Chinese crew members aboard. (South Korea-Ship-Capsize)

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NEW DELHI -- Death toll in the floods due to heavy rains in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand Thursday rose to 60, local government officials said.

At least 18 others were injured and two were reported to be missing.

The heavy rains lashed the state between Sunday and Tuesday, triggering floods and waterlogging, besides inundating several areas. The floods also caused large-scale damage and destruction. (India-Floods-Deaths) Enditem

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