Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Nov. 26

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TOKYO -- Natsuo Yamaguchi, head of the ruling coalition's junior Komeito party, indicated Monday that it might be difficult next year for lawmakers to push forward effectively with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's plans to amend the country's pacifist constitution.

Yamaguchi pointed out that there will be a number of global and other high profile events hosted or taking place in Japan next year, including the Group of 20 summit, Rugby World Cup and the abdication of Emperor Akihito. (Japan-Constitution-Amendment)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal on Monday accepted a legal challenge against newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cabinet, deepening the political crisis that enters its second month in the island country, local media reported.

The court accepted the petition filed by 122 legislators against Rajapaksa and 48 others who have been named as ministers, state ministers and deputy ministers in the new government appointed by President Maithripala Sirisena. (Sri Lanka-PM-Challenge)

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- Ten security personnel have been confirmed dead and three others injured after Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint in Qaisar district of the northern Faryab province on Sunday, a member of provincial council Abdul Ahad Albeg said Monday.

A group of Taliban insurgents, according to the official, stormed a security checkpoint in Arkalik area of Qaisar district late Sunday night. After killing 10 security personnel and injuring three others, they fled the area, Albeg said. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attack) Enditem

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