News items from Asia-Pacific Desk of Xinhua (Part 2)
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HONG KONG, Dec. 17, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- Following are news items from the Asia-Pacific Desk of Xinhua in Hong Kong on Friday:

Foreign exchange rates in Singapore

Thais form Facebook group against MPs' pay rise

Indonesian gov't must increase protection on migrant workers: parliament

New Zealand sharemarket closes higher

IAEA's involvement indispensable on Korean Peninsula nuclear issue: Amano

Philippine military arrests leftist rebel despite cease-fire

Singapore shares end higher

Hyundai Group's deal to acquire Hyundai Engineering at stake

Indonesian gas firm partners with Total, Petronas to develop Natuna

Roundup: Bargain hunters end Philippine shares' two-day decline

Cambodian PM Hun Sen's China trip fruitful: official

Chinese seaman dead after fall at New Zealand North Island's Tauranga

National Emergency Operation Center starts work in Nepal

Yearender: Volatile politics, economic challenges await Thai gov't in 2011

Foreign exchange rates in Hong Kong

(Recast) Vietnam stock market index ends up

Taiwan stocks close up 0.40 pct -- Dec. 17

Trading on Hong Kong Stock Exchange -- Dec. 17

Roundup: Nikkei sheds 0.07 pct as profit taking weighs, banking shares flourish

Cambodia to close UN refugee center by mid-February next year

Foreign exchange rates in Malaysia

Malaysia stock market closes higher

Malaysia tin market closes unchanged

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Dec. 17

World Bank removes Sri Lanka from underdeveloped list

Roundup: Vietnam's stock market go up on investors' positive sentiment

Thai SET index down 0.69 pct

Colombo stocks close higher

Roundup: Vietnam's gold prices slide

Roundup: Hong Kong stocks close 0.2 pct higher

Roundup: S. Korean shares close up on foreign, institutional buying

Indonesian gov't wants to purchase Newmont divestment stake

Indonesia shares close slightly higher

Refugee detainees riot at Christmas Island of Australia: media

Greens urges for free university education for all Australians

Malaysian airlines to extend flight services

New Zealand FM visits Cook Islands

About 500 Australians farewell respected scientist Frank Fenner

Hong Kong taxi fare increase application under study

Hang Seng China Enterprises Index up 0.27 pct -- Dec. 17

Gold price closes lower in Hong Kong -- Dec. 17

U.S. committed to 2011 withdrawal of troops: military official

Weather information for Asia-Pacific cities -- Dec. 17

Xinhua summary of Asia-Padific stocks news at 1100 GMT, Dec. 17

1st LD Writethru: S. Korea's Woori Finance Holding sale process halted on bidder's withdrawal

2 NATO troops killed in Afghanistan

Germany stands as Myanmar's largest trading partner in Europe

Japanese PM visits Okinawa amid tension over U.S. base relocation

IBM collaborates with Singapore public agencies to improve urban services

Thai court issues arrest warrants for 5 red-shirt leaders

Australian property overvalued by 10 percent: IMF

Sri Lanka to receive increased World Bank funding

Hong Kong set to upgrade tourism board's office in Taipei

Hong Kong airport vows to cut 25 pct carbon intensity by 2015

Macao SAR government attaches importance to people's livelihood: CE

U.S. drone strikes kill 24 in Pakistan

5.8 magnitude rocks off eastern Indonesia

Roundup: Global warming causes flash floods in Pakistan

Roundup: 35 die in U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal region

Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 17

(Sports) Cricketer Mitchell Johnson put Australia in charge on 2nd day of third Ashes Test

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