Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, May 23

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KATHMANDU -- The Nepali government has objected to U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry's planned interaction program with Nepali people on social media, calling it "against the existing international diplomatic practices."

"Foreign ambassadors are not supposed to hold interaction programs with Nepali people on social media which are totally against the existing international diplomatic practices," Nepali Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali told Xinhua on Thursday. (Nepal-U.S. Ambassador-Social Media)

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ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan on Thursday conducted a training launch of Shaheen-II, a surface-to-surface ballistic missile, said a statement from Pakistan army.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of Pakistan army, said "The training launch was aimed at ensuring the operational readiness of the Army Strategic Forces Command." (Pakistan-Missile)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government will no longer use the term "lifelong singles" as a label for people who are not married by the age of 50, officials said Thursday.

The term has been used in annual white papers and statistics on the grounds that women's fertility rate drops significantly in their 50s. (Japan-Singles)

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NEW DELHI -- latest trends from all constituencies that went to polls in India's general elections showed that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) seems to win in around 292 constituencies on its own, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday.

And the main opposition party, the Indian National Congress (INC), is expected to win around 50 constituencies. (India-Elections)

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CANBERRA -- The likely next leader of the Opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) has promised to abandon the "class war" politics that proved costly in the general election.

Anthony Albanese, a member of the Labor's left-wing faction, is expected to be chosen as the leader of the ALP after his two biggest rivals for the job, fellow left member Tanya Plibersek and the right faction's Chris Bowen, announced they were pulling out of the ballot. (Australia-Politics) Enditem

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