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Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, April 12

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Australian scientists have made a breakthrough in preventing cancer from mutating in the body.

The team from Melbourne's Olivia Newton-John (ONJ) Cancer Wellness and Research Centre have been able to interrupt the body's wound-healing process and lock cancer cells into a "harmless" state before they can mutate and spread. (Australia-Cancer)

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BANGKOK -- Over 1,000 Thais, who paid for a trip to Osaka by charter flights, found they were swindled after they arrived at Bangkoks Suvarnabhumi Airport Tuesday night.

These tourists paid between 9,700 and 20,000 baht (281-580 U.S. dollars) to a company called Wealth Ever for a trip to Japan between April 13 and 15 and found there was no staff of the company receiving them at the airport as promised and there was even no booked charter flights for them, Bangkok Post reported. (Thailand-Fraud)

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HANOI -- The Vietnamese Ministry of Transport (MoT) is proposing to invest 140.116 trillion Vietnamese dong (6.22 billion U.S. dollars) in construction of the first phase of the countrys north-south expressway.

Of the sum, the state will sponsor some 55 trillion Vietnamese dong (2.44 billion U.S. dollars) for the 684-km expressway section, reported local Sai Gon Giai Phong (Sai Gon Liberation) newspaper on Wednesday. (Vietnam-Expressway)

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SYDNEY -- Australia's Maritime Border Command (MBC), a joint agency taskforce, has apprehended 15 Vietnamese fisherman accused of illegal poaching this week.

Authorities say a vessel was spotted by a surveillance aircraft on April 6, operating in the Coral Sea off the coast of Australia and was tracked, finally being boarded on April 10 by an Australian Border Force marine unit. (Australia-Vietnam-Fishermen)

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SYDNEY -- Indian people are Victoria's biggest migrant group for the first time in history, Australia's national census has found.

The first results of the census revealed that after 12 years of strong growth India was the biggest source of migration to the state, beating England for the first time. (Australia-India-Immigrants) Endit