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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT


Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT

KATHMANDU -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in Nepal Friday for a four-day visit, officials here confirmed.

She landed at Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Friday afternoon along with her chief of staff and two aides. She was received by Nepal's Foreign Minister Mahesh Acharya. (Myanmar- Suu Kyi)


MANILA -- The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) denied Friday that huge number of its combatants have surrendered to the military since the arrest last March of its top leaders.

The CPP, the umbrella organization of the New People's Army- National Democratic Front (NPA-NDF), accused the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for "orchestrating fake mass surrender ceremonies" and fabricating figures to conjure the illusion that the military is winning the war against the leftist rebels, especially in southern Philippines. (Philippines-CPP)


SINGAPORE -- The Monetary Authority of Singapore will introduce a facility to provide up to 5 billion renminbi (805 million U.S. dollars) in overnight liquidity to financial institutions in Singapore, it said on Friday.

The move is part of its measures to boost the fast-growing offshore RMB market. (Singapore-RMB)


BANGKOK -- Thailand's military junta on Friday night announced to lift the curfew across the country, effective immediately.

Since there are no signs of violence in areas where the curfew from midnight to 4 a.m. local time has been imposed, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) decided to lift the curfew nationwide to allay the impact on people's daily life and tourism, an NCPO announcement said. (Thailand-Curfew)