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New Zealand hikes interest rates to 3.25 percent 

New Zealand yesterday raised its benchmark interest rate for the third time this year to 3.25 percent.The country’s Reserve Bank said the economy has “considerable ... Full story

Offbeat: Junta engineers World Cup coup for Thailand 

The junta that overthrew Thailand’s elected government has struck a blow for freedom — the freedom to watch soccer.As part of its goal to “return ... Full story

THE BUZZ: Asian champs Guangzhou to open academy in Spain 

Asian Champions League title holder Guangzhou Evergrande is opening a youth training academy in Spain in a bid to lift the level of Chinese football.The ... Full story

PHILIPPINES: Top terror suspect captured near airport

Philippine army troops and police yesterday captured a top Filipino commander of the Abu Sayyaf extremist group who is on the U.S. list of most-wanted ... Full story

Child labor up in typhoon-hit areas

More children are doing harsh and dangerous work in Philippine villages hit by Typhoon Haiyan last November, the United Nation’s labor agency said yesterday.The International ... Full story

UNITED NATIONS: Vietnam urges China to withdraw oil drilling rig

Vietnam’s U.N. ambassador urged China to withdraw its oil rig and more than 100 ships from the South China Sea to create «an environment» for negotiations ... Full story

BRIEFS: Laos extradites suspects to China in drug case

Lao police are sending five suspected members of a drug ring to China in an exchange highlighting growing law enforcement cooperation between the neighbors. Three ... Full story

Japan, Australia eye sub deal, closer defense ties

Japan and Australia discussed plans yesterday to jointly develop stealth submarine technology, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushes his country toward a more assertive ... Full story

S KOREA: Police raid church in ferry owner search

Thousands of South Korean police officers stormed a sprawling church compound yesterday in their hunt for a fugitive billionaire businessman over April’s ferry sinking that ... Full story

SRI LANKA: Gov’t accused of sabotaging media training

Sri Lanka’s government has disrupted a training program for journalists from the country’s former civil war zone, accusing them of being agents for the defeated ... Full story

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