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

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SEOUL -- South Korean military has stopped blaring loudspeaker broadcast against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) early on Monday, ahead of the inter-Korean summit later this week, according to Seoul's defense ministry.

The ministry said in a statement that anti-DPRK broadcasts via loudspeakers sitting along the military demarcation line (MDL) has stopped from 12:00 a.m. local time Monday (1500 GMT Sunday). (S. Korea-DPRK-Broadcast)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has led his government to its strongest poll position since September 2016.

The latest Newspoll, released on Monday, found that the governing Liberal National Party (LNP) has closed the gap on the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP). (Australia-Poll)

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YANGON -- Myanmar's two-House union parliament will resume its eighth session on May 14, according to an announcement of the parliament late on Sunday.

Those sessions of the House of Representatives (Lower House) and the House of Nationalities (Upper House) will resume separately on the same date. (Myanmar-Parliament session)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan strongly condemned the "heinous and reprehensible" suicide attacks that targeted innocent civilians at a voters' registration center in capital Kabul of Afghanistan on Sunday.

The Afghan Public Health Ministry said death toll from the deadly Kabul suicide attack reached 52 and 112 others were wounded. (Pakistan-Afghanistan-Attack)