Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1030 GMT, Feb. 2

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DHAKA -- Bangladesh's largest opposition party has called a dawn-to-dusk strike for Sunday in capital Dhaka rejecting the results of two major city polls.

At a press conference in Dhaka hours after the city corporation polls, ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the strike Saturday night. (Bangladesh-Polls-Rejection)

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PUL-E-KHUMR, Afghanistan -- Seven militants have been confirmed dead after fighting aircraft pounded a Taliban hideout in Baghlan-e-Markazi district of the northern Baghlan province in Afghanistan, said an army statement released here Sunday.

The airstrikes, according to the statement, were conducted late Saturday in Maghal village of Baghlan-e-Markazi district, killing seven armed insurgents on the spot and wounding eight others. (Afghanistan-Air Strike)

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NEW DELHI -- Four people are feared drowned after a car they were travelling in Sunday plunged into a canal in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

The car with six people on-board fell into a canal in Ghaziabad, in the outskirts of Delhi, the capital city of India. (India-Car accident)

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NEW DELHI -- A senior leader of a leading Hindu organization Hindu Mahasabha was killed by unidentified assailants in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, early on Sunday, said media reports.

Identified as Ranjeet Bachchan, he was shot at while he was having a morning walk outside his residence in Uttar Pradesh's capital city Lucknow. He was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to the injuries. (India-Hindu organization leader) Enditem

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