Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, May 14

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COLOMBO -- At least one person was killed when clashes erupted in northwest Sri Lanka and the Gampaha District on the outskirts of capital Colombo on Monday, police said Tuesday.

Police said security had been heightened across the island and a curfew was in place in the North Western province to prevent a further escalation of violence. (Sri Lanka-Violence)

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TOKYO -- Japan's surplus in the current account in fiscal 2018 decreased for the first time in five years, amounting to 19.41 trillion yen (177.31 billion U.S. dollars) compared to a year earlier, a government report said Tuesday.

The Finance Ministry said in a preliminary report that the surplus in the current account, a wide gauge of international trade, logged a year-on-year decrease of 12.4 percent in the fiscal year that ended in March. (Japan-Current Account Surplus)

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GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- At least 15 Taliban militants have been killed, five wounded and three others arrested in eastern Afghan province of Ghazni, the military said Tuesday.

"Afghan Special Operations Forces conducted operations in Shely locality of Andar district and Shinkai area of Gelan district on Monday. The security forces received hostile fire during the mission and returned fire, killing 13 enemy combatants," the army Corps 203 Tandar based in the region said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Militants)

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TOKYO -- Japan's Fast Retailing Co. said Tuesday that personal information from 461,091 customer accounts of its Uniqlo and GU shopping websites may have been breached through unauthorized access.

The two online shopping websites were hacked between April 23 and May 10 and customers' data including names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card information may have been leaked, according to the operator of the two fast-fashion brands. (Japan-Personal info-Leak)

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HANOI -- Vietnam's southern Hau Giang province has been stricken by African swine fever (ASF), becoming the first locality in the country's Mekong Delta to be hit by the disease, local online newspaper VnExpress reported on Tuesday.

A total of 68 pigs raised by two households in Vi Thuy district have been infected with ASF, and then culled, the newspaper quoted the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development as saying. (Vietnam-African swine fever) Enditem

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