Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 12

2017-08-12 22:20:25 GMT2017-08-13 06:20:25(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

NEW DELHI -- India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief AmitShah Saturday invited Chief Minister of the eastern state of Bihar,Nitish Kumar, to join the ruling National Democratic Alliance(NDA).

Shah said that he met the chief minister, also the head ofBihar's regional Janata Dal (United) party, on Friday and extendedhim the offer in the wake of the two parties' recent alliancegovernment in the state. (India-BJP-Bihar)

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FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- The Afghan security forces haveregained control of villages from militants in the northernBadakhshan province, leaving at least 8 insurgents dead and 13others injured, an official said Saturday.

"The strategic areas, including several villages in Tagabdistrict, have been cleared of the Taliban insurgents in a toughcleanup operation, during which eight Taliban rebels have beenkilled and 13 others injured," Ghulam Hazrat Karimi, press officerof 20-Pamir Division in the northern region, told Xinhua.(Afghanistan-Militants-Clean-up)

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TOKYO -- Japan deployed Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)missile interceptors on Saturday in four western prefectures, localmedia reported.

The surface-to-air missile interceptors were deployed inShimane, Hiroshima, Ehime and Kochi prefectures, where normally noPAC-3 units are stationed. (Japan-Missile Interceptors)

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VIENTIANE/PHNOM PENH -- Lao Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulithand his visiting Cambodian counterpart Samdech Techo Hun Sen agreedhere on Saturday to withdraw their troops from disputed border areabetween Attapu of Laos and Stung Treng of Cambodia.

"Today, we had frank talks in a friendly manner," the Laostate-run news agency KPL quoted Prime Minister Thongloun astelling a joint press conference in the Lao capital of Vientiane.(Laos-Cambodia-Border Dispute)

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MAIMANA, Afghanistan -- A total of 13 civilians were killed andthree others injured as two mortar mines fired by militants strucka residential area in Dawlatabad district of the northern Faryabprovince on Friday night, a local official said on the condition ofanonymity on Saturday.

"Two mortar mines fired by militants struck some houses in TortAtai village in Dawlatabad district Friday night, killing 13innocent civilians and injuring three others," the official toldXinhua. (Afghanistan-Mortar Mines-Civilians) Enditem

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