Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, May 27

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DHAKA -- Zayeda Khatun, an independent candidate, has triumphed in the mayoral race of the Gazipur municipal polls in Bangladesh on Friday.

Khatun bagged 238,934 votes while Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) party's candidate Azmat Ullah Khan got 222,737 in Thursday's close-fought election. (Bangladesh-Mayoral Poll)

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KABUL -- Afghan acting Prime Minister Mawlawi Abdul Kabir has stressed having positive relations based on mutual respect with the world community, a local television channel the Tolonews reported.

"The Islamic Emirate wants positive relations and mutual respect with all nations in the region and around the world in light of Islamic Sharia (Islamic laws)," Tolonews quoted the acting premier as saying. (Afghanistan-International Relations)

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MAIDAN SHAR, Afghanistan -- A child lost his life and another injured as an explosive device left over from the wars went off in the eastern Wardak province of Afghanistan, a news release of the provincial government said Saturday.

According to the news release, the ill-fated children found a toy-like device in Shanizdara village of Sayed Abad district on Friday and began playing with it. But suddenly, the device exploded, killing one child on the spot and badly injuring another. (Afghanistan-Blast-Child)

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ISLAMABAD -- Ten people were killed and ten others injured when an avalanche hit a convoy of nomads in Pakistan's northern Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region on Saturday, an official confirmed.

Scores of people were feared to be trapped under the debris and the rescue teams were trying to recover them despite challenges posed by bad weather and poor road infrastructure in the far-flung area of Astore district where the incident happened, Chief Secretary of GB Mohyuddin Ahmad Wani said. (Pakistan-Avalanche)

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NEW DELHI -- India's foreign exchange reserves declined by 6.05 billion U.S. dollars during the week ended May 19 to 593.48 billion U.S. dollars, showed the latest data released by the Reserve Bank of India.

This situation came after three consecutive weeks seeing the forex reserves rise.

In the previous week ended May 12, India's forex reserves rose by 3.55 billion U.S. dollars to reach 599.53 billion U.S. dollars, according to the country's central bank. (India-Forex Reserves)

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SYDNEY -- Four teenager girls were killed and another one in serious condition in a fatal car crash on Saturday in Australia's state of Victoria.

Victoria police said a car carrying five people was travelling along Wannon-Nigretta Falls Road in the state's west when the driver lost control of the vehicle. The car left the road and hit a tree. (Australia-Car Crash) Enditem

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