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

BANGKOK -- Thailand on Friday mourned victims of a mass shooting at a childcare center in northeastern Nong Bua Lamphu province, which has led to at least 37 deaths, most of them children.

On Friday morning, grief-stricken families laid white flowers on the steps of the center, the scene of the shooting rampage by a sacked police officer. (Thailand-Mass Shooting-Mourning)

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (TEPCO) has been exaggerating the safety of treated nuclear wastewater with a dosimeter that fails to detect certain radioactive substances at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, local media has reported.

When demonstrating the safety of treated nuclear wastewater, the company uses a dosimeter that fails to detect radioactive tritium, but only responds to high-concentration cesium emitted by gamma rays, the Tokyo Shimbun reported. (Japan-TEPCO-Nuclear Wastewater)

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JAKARTA -- Chen Zhu, vice chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, led a delegation to the 8th Group of 20 (G20) Parliamentary Speakers' Summit held here till Friday and delivered a keynote speech.

Chen said that exchanges and deeper cooperation among legislative bodies are of positive significance for the G20 to play its role. (Indonesia-China-G20 Parliamentary Summit)

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TOKYO -- The speaker of Japan's lower house of parliament on Friday admitted he had attended more events connected to the controversial Unification Church than he had previously acknowledged.

Hiroyuki Hosoda told parliamentary representatives in a meeting on the issue that as well as four gatherings he previously admitted to attending between 2018 and 2019 hosted by the religious organization, he attended four more events and sent three messages. (Japan-Unification Church)