Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Nov. 27
SYDNEY -- Myanmar's opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Sydney Wednesday, starting her five-day visit to Australia to encourage global interest in further democratic reform in her country.
The National League for Democracy leader will visit Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra and make several speeches, including the first one at the Sydney Opera House on Wednesday evening. ( Australia-Aung San Suu Kyi)
SEOUL -- Europe's leading food research institute, TNO Food Research, is planning to locate its headquarter or research center in South Korea by 2015, the government said on Wednesday.
The TNO Nutrition and Food Research Institute, based in Netherlands, has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs on Tuesday, agreeing to invest in the country's national food cluster in Iksan, located some 200 km southwest of Seoul in North Jeolla Province, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a press release. (S. Korea-TNO)
WELLINGTON -- New Zealand military chiefs on Wednesday claimed the country's largest ever international military exercise had been a success in developing their ability to operate with partner forces.
Exercise Southern Katipo, which involved 2,200 personnel from New Zealand and nine other countries, took place in the South Island throughout November, with the scenario of political tension between ethnic groups in a fictional country known as Mainlandia. (New Zealand-Drill)
KABUL -- The World Bank provided a grant of 50 million U.S. dollars to Afghan government to help its efforts to improve access to finance in the war-torn country, said a bank statement issued here Wednesday.
The grant was approved by the body to support the government's efforts to improve access to credit for micro, small and medium enterprises in the central Asian state, the statement said. ( Afghanistan-World Bank)