Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, April 11

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HONG KONG -- A grant of 5.829 million Hong Kong dollars (about 743,100 U.S. dollars) from Hong Kong's Disaster Relief Fund has been approved for the cyclone victims in Malawi, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government said Thursday.

A HKSAR government spokesman said the grant, approved by the government to Oxfam Hong Kong, will be used to provide food and household and hygiene items to the African victims. (HK-Malawi-Grant)

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NEW DELHI -- One person was killed and several others injured Thursday in violence during the first phase of the general elections in India, police said.

The violence broke out between activists of two regional parties at village Meerapuram in Anantapur district, about 450 km southwest of Amaravathi, the main city of Andhra Pradesh. (India-Election-Violence)

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KABUL -- More than 40 people, mostly militants, have been killed in fightings in Afghanistan over the past 24 hours, officials said Thursday.

The violent clash between security forces and the Taliban outfit left eight police personnel and seven militants dead on Thursday in Chardara district of the northern Kunduz province, army spokesman in the northern region Abdul Hadi Jamal confirmed. (Afghanistan-Clashes-Toll)

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MANILA -- An international team of archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a new species of human in the Philippines, providing new direct evidence of early human presence in the country and proving that the region played a key role in human evolutionary history.

The new species, Homo luzonensis, is named after the Philippines' main Luzon Island, where the over-50,000-year-old fossils were found during excavations at Callao Cave located in Penablanca town in Cagayan province in northern Luzon. (Philippines-Early Human-Discovery)

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AYBAK, Afghanistan -- Taliban militants abducted 60 truck drivers in the northern Samanghan province on Thursday, head of Provincial Council Hajji Raz Mohammad Moahidi said.

"Taliban insurgents abducted 60 drivers of trucks on a road linking Dara-e-Suf district of Samangan province to the neighboring Balkh's provincial capital Mazar-e-Sharif city today morning and took them to unknown location," Moahidi told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Abduction) Enditem

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