Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, May 13

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SYDNEY -- Inhabitants of Australia's Torres Strait Islands lodged a world first complaint with the United Nations on Monday, alleging that the government's inaction on climate change has threatened their existence and violated their human right to life and culture.

The Torres Strait Islands are a low lying group of islands off Australia's north-eastern tip in the waters between Papua New Guinea and the State of Queensland. (Australia-Climate Change)

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NEW DELHI -- The upcoming Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations (CDAC) "is very much necessary" as it helps in understanding each other's cultural and civilizational diversities and brings all closer to each other, an India scholar has said.

Srikanth Kondapalli, chairman of the Center for East Asian Studies at Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University, made the remarks in a recent interview with Xinhua. (India-CDAC)

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MANILA -- At least three explosions rocked city of Cotabato and neighboring Maguindanao province in the southern Philippines a few hours before a national midterm election, military and police authorities said on Monday.

Lieutenant Teofisto Ferrer of the Cotabato City police said the first explosion occurred around 10:15 p.m. local time Sunday night just outside the Cotabato City hall compound. (Philippines-Explosions)

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ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached an agreement on a bailout package for Pakistan, Adviser to the Pakistani prime minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Abdul Hafeez Shaikh announced on Sunday.

Talking to the Pakistan Television Network (PTV), Shaikh said that the technical teams of Pakistan and the IMF have agreed on a bailout package for a period of three years under which Pakistan would receive 6 billion U.S. dollar assistance. (Pakistan-IMF-Agreement) Enditem

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