Oppn members shot

DHAKA: Two opposition figures were gunned down in Bangladesh in separate attacks, police said on Tuesday. Opposition Awami League member Humayun Bashar Kabir was attacked by three men outside his home in Na-rayanganj, police official said. Another Awami member, Moniruzzaman Monir, was in a grocery store in Faridpur when five men opened fire. His supporters called for a general strike on Tuesday to protest his murder. — AP

Flu outbreak in China

BEIJING: China on Tuesday reported a new outbreak of deadly bird flu which has infected 128 geese and ducks in the northwestern Xinjiang region, killing 63 of them, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation told AFP. The outbreak — the third reported by the Chinese government in the past two months — occurred in Changji city near Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, said the FAO quoting Chinese government data. — AFP

Son’s slap kills mom

KOLKATA: A woman in a West Bengal village was killed as her son slapped her hard over a long-standing property dispute. Media reports on Tuesday said that 75-year-old Kiranbala Shi’s son Pratap tried to hush up the matter by dumping her body in a pond in a neighbouring village. — HNS

Hu to attend G8 meet

BEIJING: Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the G8 summit in Scotland next month, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday. The Group of Eight industrialised countries, which comprises

Britain, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States, is scheduled to meet on July 6 to 8. Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Hu would attend the summit at the invitation of British PM Tony Blair. — AFP

India tests missile

BHUBANESWAR: India successfully tested on Tuesday a locally-built surface-to-air missile for the third time in five days as part of final trials before its military induction, defence officials said. The missile Akash was tested at a range in Orissa state, defence ministry officials said. — AFP