Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Summary at 1000 GMT, May 19

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his election victory, which has taken his Liberal Party for a third term in government.

"New Zealand and Australia have the strongest of ties and they will continue. I look forward to continuing to strengthen the relationship between our two countries in the coming years," Ardern said in a statement. (New Zealand-Australia)

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh and China have launched a new platform, the Bangladesh-China Silk Road Forum, in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, focusing on lasting links under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) between the two countries for mutual benefit.

The event was attended by political leadership, high-ranking officials from the private and public sector, community representatives and the members of the business sector and media. (Bangladesh-China-Silk Road Forum)

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MANILA -- At least 34 people were injured when a "runaway" train rammed into another train late on Saturday night in Metro Manila of the Philippines, a spokesperson for the train authority said on Sunday.

Manila Light Rail Transit Authority spokesperson Hernando Cabrera told a news conference early Sunday that the accident occurred 9:51 p.m. local time between the Anonas and Araneta Center Cubao Stations in Metro Manila. (Philippines-Train accident)

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VARANASI -- The seventh and final phase of polling of the ongoing 17th general elections began in 59 parliamentary constituencies on Sunday, across seven states and one union territory.

The parliamentary constituencies going to polls include all the 13 constituencies in northern state Punjab, 13 in northern Uttar Pradesh, nine in eastern state West Bengal, eight each in central state Madhya Pradesh and eastern state Bihar, four in northern hilly state Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand, besides one in union territory of Chandigarh in north India. (India-Election) Enditem

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