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Xinhua world news summary at 1030 GMT, Sept. 27

27 Sep 2021, 20:44 GMT+10

TOKYO -- Japan's Shinsei Bank on Monday refused a proposal from SBI Holdings Inc. to conditionally extend its unsolicited tender offer for the bank until November, local media reported Monday.

Shinsei said its proposed extension to Dec. 8 would give shareholders sufficient time to assess the information provided and better make decisions on whether to tender their shares. The bank is preparing to launch a defense against the hostile takeover from SBI. (Japan-SBI's tender offer)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand will allow recognized seasonal employer (RSE) workers from Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga to arrive into the country without COVID-19 quarantine upon their arrivals in October.

Agricultural Minister Damien O'Connor on Monday announced the one-way quarantine free travel commencement dates for seasonal workers from Pacific countries including Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga. (New Zealand-COVID-19-Quarantine free travel)

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FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan -- Over a dozen children have died due to malnutrition in Afghanistan's western Ghor province over the past six months, local health authorities said Monday.

"About 300 children suffering from malnutrition have been taken to Ghor provincial hospital over the past six months and 17 of them have died," a doctor in the provincial hospital Mohammad Musa Alfat said. (Afghanistan-Children malnutrition)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is targeting a gross domestic product (GDP) growth of between 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent per annum in 2021 to 2025, under its 12th five-year economic plan, unveiled by the government on Monday.

The growth will be supported by strong domestic demand and a higher contribution from the external sector, it said. (Malaysia-GDP growth)

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ATHENS -- A magnitude 5.8 strong quake hit Greece's Crete island on Monday, according to the Geodynamics Institute of the National Observatory of Athens.

The tremor's epicenter was located at a depth of 10 km, some 25 km south of the city of Heraklion, the capital of Crete island, while aftershocks up to 4.3 magnitude have followed, according to Greek scientists. (Greece-Earthquake)

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