Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 19

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- At least eight militants were killed in two separate incidents in Afghanistan's northern province of Faryab on Tuesday, local police said Wednesday.

In one incident, four Taliban militants were killed and seven others wounded after the Afghan Air Force struck a Taliban hideout in restive Dawlat Abad district, provincial police spokesman Karim Urush told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Militants-Toll)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni left here on Wednesday for a three-day visit to Vietnam to further enhance ties and cooperation between the two countries.

In a royal message to the Cambodian people on Tuesday, the king said his trip was made at the invitation of the Vietnamese government, and in Vietnam, he would visit Hanoi and Danang cities. (Cambodia-King)

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COLOMBO -- China on Wednesday donated 90 water bowser trucks to the Sri Lankan government as part of its aid project to distribute clean water to areas affected by severe drought.

The trucks were handed over to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena by Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo. (Sri Lanka-Drought-China Aid)

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MACAO -- Fitch Ratings affirms Macao's long-term foreign and local currency issuer default ratings at "AA" with a stable outlook, the special administrative region (SAR)'s monetary watchdog said here on Wednesday.

Monetary Authority of Macao said according to Fitch's rating definitions, ratings in the "AA" category indicate a very strong fiscal position for payment of financial commitments and the capacity is not significantly vulnerable to foreseeable events. Therefore, the expectations of default risk are very low. (Macao-Rating)

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TOKYO -- Japan's SoftBank Corp. -- the telecoms unit of SoftBank Group Corp. -- concluded the first day of its trading on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange with shares dropping more than 14 percent lower than the IPO price.

The company's shares opened at 1,463 yen Wednesday morning, slightly lower than the IPO price of 1,500 yen, but extended the loss to end the day at 1,282 yen. (Japan-SoftBank) Enditem

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