Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, April 12

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TOKYO -- The Tokyo District Court on Friday extended the detention of former Nissan Motor Co. Chairman Carlos Ghosn to April 22 to allow prosecutors to further investigate allegations of his financial misconduct.

Ghosn was arrested for a fourth time on April 4 on suspicion of aggravated breach of trust connected to the misuse of Nissan funds causing a 5-million-U.S. dollar loss to the automaker. (Japan-Nissan-Detention)

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SEOUL -- South Korean stocks kept a winning streak for the 11th straight session Friday, marking the fifth time in history that local stocks continued to rise for such a long period.

The benchmark Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) gained 9.01 points, or 0.41 percent, to settle at 2,233.45. Trading volume stood at 436.9 million shares worth 5.9 trillion won (5.2 billion U.S. dollars). (South Korea-Stocks)

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KABUL -- The Afghan Taliban militants on Friday announced the start of their yearly rebel offensive in Afghanistan as fighting rages in the country.

The group has codenamed their offensive "operation al-Fath", or operation of victory, according to a statement shared with media by Zabiullah Mujahid, a purported Taliban spokesman. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Fighting Season)

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SUVA -- The Fijian government launched the new birth registration mobile app called e-Services under the digitalFiji app on Friday, allowing for the electronic registration of the birth of any child.

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this makes one tedious process easier for new parents who frankly already have enough to worry about when welcoming a new born baby. (Fiji-New Birth Registration) Enditem

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