Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 23

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TOKYO -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.0 struck off the coast of Japan's Fukushima prefecture on Friday, Japan Meteorological Agency said.

So far no major damage or injuries were reported, and no tsunami warning has been issued. (Japan-Quake)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa Friday confirmed death sentences to 11 hardcore terrorists for their involvement in heinous offenses related to terrorism in the country, the military said.

The Inter-Services Public Relations, the media wing of Pakistani army, said in a statement that 22 convicts have also been awarded imprisonment by the military courts. (Pakistan-Terrorists)

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DHAKA -- The pilot of a training plane of Bangladesh Air Force died after his plane crashed Friday in the country's central Tangail district, some 97 km away from capital Dhaka, the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) of the Bangladesh Army said.

In a statement, ISPR said Wing Commander Arif Ahmed Dipu of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) was killed as the training aircraft crashed Friday afternoon. (Bangladesh-Plane-Crash)

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YANGON -- A joint committee of China and Myanmar on science and technology cooperation held their first meeting in Yangon Friday to seek strengthening of partnership in research, human resource development and technology transfer for promoting sustainable development.

The meeting marks the beginning of a new stage in science and technology cooperation between China and Myanmar and will lay a solid foundation for the comprehensive cooperation in science and technology between the two countries, Counselor of the Chinese embassy in Myanmar Yang Shouzheng said. (Myanmar-China-Ties) Enditem

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