Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1630 GMT, Dec. 31

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DHAKA -- Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League-led Grand Alliance has won a landslide victory in Sunday's parliamentary polls, Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said on Monday.

He said the results of some 298 constituencies out of 300 have been announced. (Bangladesh-Election)

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YANGON -- One person has been killed with 10 others injured in a pilgrimage car crash in Myanmar's southern Bago region, the Home Affairs Ministry said on Monday.

The accident took place in Waw township on Sunday morning. (Myanmar-Pilgrimage-Crash)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand contributed 1.5 million New Zealand dollars (1 million U.S. dollars) to help recovery efforts following the devastating tsunami that struck the Sunda Strait in Indonesia, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Monday.

The funding was directed to the International Federation of the Red Cross Emergency Appeal, according to local media. (New Zealand-Funding)

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KABUL -- At least 25 Taliban militants were killed after the Afghan Air Force launched airstrikes in eastern Wardak province, 35 km west of Kabul, the country's Ministry of Defense said Monday.

"A total of 25 Taliban militants were killed as a result of air strikes that conducted based on a confirmed tip-off in Sayyed Abad district, Wardak province, on Sunday," the ministry said in a statement. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Airstrikes)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Ministry of Health has issued a reminder saying that the minimum legal age for the purchase, use, possession, sale and supply of tobacco products will be raised from 18 to 19 years old on Jan. 1, 2019, the Straits Times reported on Monday.

The move is a part of Singaporean government's plan to progressively raise the minimum legal age for smoking, which will go up to 20 years old on Jan. 1, 2020, and to 21 years old on Jan. 1, 2021. (Singapore-Tobacco) Enditem

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