Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 12

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ISLAMABAD -- At least one child was killed and eight others were injured Friday evening in a blast in Chaman city of Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province, an official said.

Deputy Commissioner of Chaman Shafqat Anwar Shahwani told media that the blast took place at the busy market area located at the Mall Road in Chaman, the country's southwest city bordering Afghanistan. (Pakistan-Blast-Casualties)

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JAKARTA -- A strong quake of revised 6.8 magnitude on the Richter scale rocked off Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province on Friday evening while a tsunami warning was lifted as giant waves did not appear, an official of the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

Earlier the agency reported that the quake was gauged at a 6.9 magnitude before the revision, Bayu Pranata, the official in charge at the agency told Xinhua by phone. (Indonesia-Earthquake-Tsunami)

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MALE -- The Maldives Elections Commission on Friday announced that the ruling Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) had won the recently concluded Parliamentary Elections by securing 65 seats in the 87-member Parliament.

Elections Commission Spokesperson Ahmed Akram told Xinhua that the MDP had secured the highest win for a single party in Maldivian history which now gave them a majority in Parliament. (Maldives-Elections)

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ISLAMABAD -- The death toll of a vegetable market blast Friday morning in Quetta in Pakistan's southwest Balochistan province has surged to 20, provincial home minister said.

Mir Zia Ullah Langau, the minister, said that 48 people were also injured in the blast that hit the busy market. (Pakistan-Blast-Deaths) Enditem

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