Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, April 17

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TOKYO -- Japan logged a goods trade deficit in fiscal 2018 marking the first such shortfall in three years, the government said in a report Wednesday.

According to a preliminary report by the Finance Ministry, Japan's deficit in the year through March stood at 1.59 trillion yen (14.18 billion U.S. dollars). (Japan-Trade deficit)

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NEW DELHI -- Authorities across India have made adequate arrangements for the second phase of the ongoing general elections, officials said Wednesday.

Voting for the second phase of country's 17th general elections is scheduled to take place on Thursday. (India-Election-Preparation)

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NEW DELHI -- Over 30 people have died and many injured in unseasonal rains accompanied with dust storm in several Indian states on Tuesday night, local media reported Wednesday.

As many as nine persons, including four children, died in western state of Rajasthan as lightning struck many areas in the state. (India-Rain-Death)

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SUVA -- The Fijian government received medical equipments from China on Wednesday, in collaboration with the World Health Organization, to help health experts to detect and cure cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer.

Huang Xuehu, charge d'affaires of the Chinese embassy in Fiji, said the equipment will greatly assist the Fijian government with providing primary health care to combat non-communicable diseases (NCD) in Fiji. (Fiji-China-Medical equipment)

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SEOUL -- Five people were killed and 13 others injured as a man indiscriminately stabbed fleeing people after setting fire to an apartment building in South Korea's southeastern region early on Wednesday, local media reported.

The 42-year-old man set aflame his own house on the fourth floor of the apartment in Jinju, some 430 km southeast of the capital Seoul, at about 4:29 a.m. local time. (S.Korea-Attack) Enditem

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