Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Feb. 4

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HONG KONG -- A 39-year-old man infected with novel coronavirus died on Tuesday in a Hong Kong hospital, the first death case in Hong Kong, the hospital's spokesperson confirmed.

The patient, a Hong Kong resident with underlying illness, was confirmed on Jan. 31 as Hong Kong's 13th case of novel coronavirus infection, and was admitted to the Princess Margaret Hospital for isolation and treatment.(Hong Kong-Novel coronavirus-Death)

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CANBERRA -- Australia's deputy prime minister Michael McCormack on Tuesday survived a challenge to his leadership, re-elected to lead the Nationals Party, defeating former leader Barnaby Joyce.

Addressing the media after the vote, McCormack said it was a great honour to lead the Nationals, which traditionally represents rural voters.(Australia-Deputy PM)

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KATHMANDU -- Nepal has kicked off the third edition of World Peace Pooja (worshipping) to pray for world peace and welfare of the entire humanity, and to commemorate the deaths of mountaineers and trekkers.

The three-day ceremony, organized by Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), a non-governmental organization working to promote mountain tourism, started on Monday in the touristic city Pokhara, some 200 km away from the capital Kathmandu.(Nepal-Pray for peace)

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CANBERRA -- The most bio-diverse regions of Earth are now among the most vulnerable to global warming, an Australian study has found.

The study, published by the University of Adelaide on Tuesday, found that man-made climate change will erode mechanisms that have protected bio-diversity for millennia.(Australia-Global warming) Enditem

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