Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 24

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TOKYO -- Japan's parliament enacted a bill on Wednesday to pay compensation to people who were forcibly sterilized under the nation's now-defunct eugenics law.

The new law has come under fire from thousands of "eugenics casualties," however, for the reparations not being high enough and for the ambiguous wording of the government's apology not squarely admitting its culpability. (Japan-Eugenics law-Compensation)

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KABUL -- More than 40 fighters, mostly militants, have been killed in clashes between security forces and the Taliban outfit in conflict-plagued Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said Wednesday.

At least three Taliban fighters and four pro-government militias were killed as clash erupted in Ruyi Duab district of the northern Samangan province Wednesday morning, Deputy to Provincial Council, Mohammad Hashim Sarwari said. (Afghanistan-Fightings)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan police on Wednesday arrested a foreigner at Madampe in northwestern Sri Lanka over suspected links to Sunday's multiple explosions, local media reported.

The foreigner was arrested from an international school and he did not possess a passport or visa. (Sri Lanka-Bombings-Arrest)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has asked the country's Police Chief Pujith Jayasundara and Defense Secretary Hemasiri Fernando to resign following serious security lapses, which led to Sunday's explosions, an official close to the president told Xinhua on Wednesday.

Officials said Sirisena had informed the defense secretary of his decision during a meeting, and later conveyed it to the police chief. (Sri Lanka-Bombings-Resignation) Enditem

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