Sun, 28 Nov 2021

TOKYO -- A total of 35 people were temporarily stranded on the top of a roller coaster at Universal Studios Japan (USJ) in Osaka on Friday afternoon due to a power outage, but no injuries were reported, local media reported Friday citing the park's operator.

Staff rescued riders stuck on the "Hollywood Dream - The Ride" roller coaster, with a capacity of 36 persons, which stopped near the highest point on its tracks, the park said. (Japan-Roller Coaster-Strand)

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DHAKA -- The Bangabandhu Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Center (BBCFEC) symbolizing China's friendship with Bangladesh opened Thursday in Purbachal on the outskirts of the capital city of Dhaka.

The construction of the international exhibition center, a project under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, has been completed despite the impact of COVID-19 in Bangladesh. (Bangladesh-China-Exhibition Center)

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DHAKA -- At least seven persons were killed and seven others injured in clashes between two rival factions of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar at a camp in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district early on Friday.

Shihab Kaiser Khan, a senior Armed Police Battalion (APBn) official, told journalists that "the bodies of the seven Rohingya refugees including several bullet-ridden have been recovered following the early Friday morning clashes." (Bangladesh-Rohingya-Clash)

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WELLINGTON -- APEC finance ministers agreed on Friday to continue working together to respond to the effects of COVID-19 and ensure a sustainable and inclusive recovery while capitalising on the opportunity to build a more resilient future.

The New Zealand Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson chaired the virtual Finance Ministers' Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) from Wellington.

"While economic activity in the region has rebounded and vaccination rates are rising, the recovery from COVID-19 has been uneven. Some sectors, such as tourism, small and medium-sized businesses, and some groups, such as women and indigenous peoples, continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic," Robertson said. (APEC-Finance Ministers-Meeting)

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