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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 7

KABUL -- The burial site of Taliban co-founder Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid has been disclosed in Afghansitan's southern Zabul province, chief spokesman of Afghanistan's Taliban-run caretaker government Zabihullah Mujahid has said.

"The tomb of late Amirul Mominen (Supreme leader) Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid was revealed to public at a ceremony attended by ranking officials in Omarzo area of Suri district, Zabul province, on Sunday," Mujahid tweeted. (Afghanistan-Taliban Founder-Tomb)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- The Afghan forces have arrested a group of five kidnappers and rescued a man from captivity in the eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial administration said in a statement released on Monday.

The security forces have also seized arms and ammunition as well as three vehicles from the possessions of the gang on Sunday, the statement added. (Afghanistan-Kidnappers)

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TOKYO -- An advisory panel for the finance minister on Monday proposed that the Japanese government end free-of-charge coronavirus vaccinations, highlighting concerns over a further increase of its financial strain.

Japan's Ministry of Finance convened a subcommittee meeting on Monday and asked a panel of experts to start discussing possible charges for the COVID-19 shots, like the ones for seasonal influenza and other infectious diseases. (Japan-Coronavirus,Vaccination)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's consumer inflation growth slowed for the second straight month in October as energy and food prices continued to fall, data showed on Monday.

The country's consumer price index (CPI), a key indicator of inflation, rose 5.98 percent year on year last month, down from a 6.41 percent increase in September, according to the Ministry of Commerce. (Thailand-CPI-Inflation)