Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 22

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MANILA -- A Philippine lawmaker and his police escort were shot dead Saturday afternoon while attending a gift-giving event for senior citizens and persons with disabilities in northern Philippines' Albay province.

Local police said Rodel Batocabe, 52, a member of the Philippine House of Representatives, was gunned down around 3 pm local time at the covered court of Burgos, a village in Daraga, south of Manila. (Philippine-Shot)

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COLOMBO -- Three non-cabinet, 17 state and seven deputy ministers were sworn in before President Maithripala Sirisena Friday evening, a statement from the President's Media Division (PMD) said Saturday.

According to the PMD, Harsha De Silva was sworn in as the non-cabinet minister of Economic Reform and Public Distribution, Sujeewa Senasinghe as the non-cabinet minister of Science, Technology and Research and Ajith Perera as the non-cabinet minister of Digital Infrastructure and Information Technology. (Sri Lanka-New Appointment)

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NEW DELHI -- Japan Navy Ship JMSDF (Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force) "Samidare" is on a visit to India to enhance the interoperability and friendship between the two countries' navies, said official sources of the Indian Navy (IN).

The Japanese ship visited the port city of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. (India-Japanese Ship)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Saturday deported 26 Thai nationals, including nine women, after they had served a 10-month sentence here for extorting money from Thai people via the Internet, a senior immigration police said.

"We expelled them to Thailand through the Poipet International Border Checkpoint and the Thai authorities had come to get them," Lt. Gen. Ouk Hai Seila, chief of the investigation and procedure department at the General Department of Immigration, told Xinhua. (Cambodia-Telecom extortion)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian security forces killed six terrorists in India-controlled Kashmir, sources confirmed on Saturday morning.

"Six terrorists have been eliminated in Awantipora area of Pulwama district. Weapons and other incriminating materials have been recovered from their possession. Operation is over," an official source said. (ndia-Terrorists-Killed) Enditem

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