Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 22

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NEW DELHI -- The death toll of Indian nationals in Sri Lanka blasts has risen to five, Indian Foreign Minster Sushma Swaraj said Monday.

On Sunday, serial blasts rocked Sri Lanka killing 290 and wounding over 500 others.(India-Sri Lanka-Deaths)

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AYBAK, Afghanistan -- About eight laborers died of suffocation at a coal mine pit in Afghanistan's northern province of Samangan on Sunday, a local official said Monday.

The laborers were working at the coal mine in Dara-i-Suf-i-Bala, west of provincial capital Aybak, when a poisonous gas leaked and accumulated, suffocating them to death late on Sunday, head of provincial council Raz Mohammad told Xinhua.(Afghanistan-Mine accident)

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COLOMBO -- The death toll from the multiple explosions which shook Sri Lanka on Sunday has risen to 290, while over 500 have been injured, the police said Monday.

Earlier reports put the number of casualties at 228, with 450 wounded in the nine attacks that occurred at three churches and four hotels across the country on Sunday.(Sri Lanka-Attacks-Toll)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has offered a tribute to the victims of Sunday's terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka.

Visiting a Buddhist temple in suburban Melbourne in a pre-arranged stop in his election campaign, Morrison told the community there that "love conquers hate," according to local media The Australian.(Australia-Sri Lanka-Tribute) Enditem

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