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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Sept. 11

COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara said on Sunday that more than 200,000 Sri Lankans have left for foreign jobs in 2022 so far.

He said that these are the people who have registered with the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment, and some may have left without registering. (Sri Lanka-Foreign Jobs-Seeking)

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SYDNEY -- One person was killed with other casualties unconfirmed as a 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea (PNG) on Sunday morning, local media reported.

Citing sources in Rai Coast district, the PNG newspaper Post-Courier reported that the earthquake, which occurred at 7:46 a.m., has caused big damage to villages at the Finisterre Range by landslides, with houses buried, and one person confirmed dead and other casualties unconfirmed. (PNG-Quake-Death)

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BANGKOK -- Hundreds of performers and visitors gathered Saturday night at a shadow puppet show in central Thailand, although it was intermittent due to heavy rain.

The three-day event, which runs until Sunday, is aimed at showcasing the traditional shadow puppetry art through a series of activities, exhibitions, and seminars, while promoting Phetchaburi province as a tourist destination. (Thailand-Visitors-Shadow Puppet Show)

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ISLAMABAD -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Saturday that developed economies are responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere throughout history.

The secretary-general made the remarks in a press briefing in Pakistan's southern port city of Karachi during his visit to the flood-affected areas of the country.

"Those impacts are skyrocketing," he said, adding that "people living in high climatic vulnerability conditions including in South Asia are 15 times more likely to die from climate impacts." (UN Secretary-General-Greenhouse Gas Emission-Developed Countries)

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DHAKA -- The Bangladeshi government on Sunday launched a special sales drive of essentials at subsidized rates across the South Asian country to help millions of low-income families cope with soaring prices.

Senior secretary of Bangladesh's Ministry of Commerce Tapan Kanti Ghosh inaugurated the special sales drive at a dealer point in the national capital Dhaka. (Bangladesh-Special Sales-Essentials)