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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 12

DHAKA — Inflation in Bangladesh accelerated to 9.52 percent in August, the highest in 10 years, mainly driven by higher food prices, the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics (BBS) has reported.

In addition, the country’s overall inflation eased slightly to 9.10 percent in September, according to Planning Minister MA Mannan on Tuesday. (Bangladesh-Inflation)

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SEOUL — South Korea’s central bank on Wednesday raised its policy rate to curb inflation, delivering five back-to-back rate hikes for the first time.

Bank of Korea (BOK) Governor Rhee Chang-yong and other monetary policymakers decided to lift the benchmark seven-day repurchase rate by 50 basis points to 3.00 percent. (South Korea-Policy Rate)

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TOKYO — Japan’s space agency sent a self-destruct signal to an Epsilon rocket after its failed launch on Wednesday, Kyodo News reported.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sent out a self-destruct order to the Epsilon-6 solid-fuel rocket carrying eight satellites soon after it was launched early Wednesday from Uchinoura Space Center in the southwestern prefecture of Kagoshima, the media reported.

The order came immediately after the JAXA discovered a problem with the rocket that made it unable to fly safely, according to the report. (Japan-Rocket-Failed Launch)

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NEW DELHI — The pharmaceutical company which allegedly made defective cough syrups leading to the death of more than 60 children in the Gambia has been asked to stop manufacturing all drugs with immediate effect, said Health Minister of India’s northern state of Haryana Anil Vij on Wednesday.

The minister said that as many as 12 flaws were found during a joint inspection conducted by federal and state drug departments at Maiden Pharmaceutical Limited located in Sonipat district of Haryana state.

A notice has been served to the pharma company directing that total production shall be stopped, Vij said. (India-Cough Syrups-Child Death)

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CANBERRA — Australia’s top Antarctic scientists have reported a rapid decline in the population of Adelie penguins.

According to research published by the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) on Tuesday, a large Adelie population off the East Antarctic coast has declined by 43 percent over the last decade. (Australia-Penguin-Decline)

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WELLINGTON — New Zealand confirmed nine new community transmission cases of monkeypox on Wednesday, bringing the total case number in the country to 20.

There are seven new cases in Auckland and two in Wellington, said a Ministry of Health statement. (New Zealand-Monkeypox)

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