Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 23

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COLOMBO -- The death toll from a string of explosions that rocked Sri Lanka on Sunday rose to 310 while over 500 were injured, the police said Tuesday.

Another minor explosion occurred in Kochchikade in the capital Colombo on Monday evening when the Bomb Disposal Squad was attempting to defuse an explosive device found in an abandoned vehicle, causing no injuries. (Sri Lanka-Bombings-Toll)

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AHMEDABAD, India -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote in Ahmedabad city of western state Gujarat on Tuesday, which saw the third phase of the ongoing parliamentary elections.

Modi cast his vote in the Gandhinagar parliamentary constituency, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s President Amit Shah is one of the candidates. (India-General elections-Modi)

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COLOMBO -- A suspicious abandoned parcel was found in Kollupitiya Railway Station in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo on Tuesday.

Police evacuated and cordoned off the area as the bomb disposal squad arrived at the scene. (Sri Lanka-Suspicious parcel)

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YANGON -- Myanmar and Thailand have agreed on repatriation of the fourth batch of Myanmar displaced persons from Thailand at the last week of May, according to the Myanmar Foreign Ministry Tuesday.

The move was agreed at the first meeting of Myanmar-Thailand joint Technical Working Group in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw on Monday. (Myanmar-Thailand-Refugees)

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MANILA -- The death toll from the 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines' main Luzon Island rose to nine, local officials said on Tuesday.

Central Luzon police chief Joel Coronel said five people were killed when their houses collapsed, while four bodies were retrieved from a collapsed supermarket building in Porac town in Pampanga province, 110 km north of Manila. (Philippines-Quake-Toll) Enditem

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