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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, March 29

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Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi has called on all non-ceasefire signatory armed groups including the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) to join the ceasefire signing as a step for gaining peace.

Suu Kyi made the call when meeting with elders and leaders of Kachin societies during her visit to Myitgyina, northern Kachin state, Tuesday, one of the most war-torn regions in the country, Myanmar News Agency reported Wednesday. (Myanmar-Peace)


WELLINGTON -- The New Zealand government is to give 3 million NZ dollars (2.1 million U.S. dollars) to help with people affected by famine in Africa and Yemen, Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Wednesday.

"More than 20 million people are currently facing famine conditions or severe food shortages across the greater Horn of Africa, Nigeria and Yemen," McCully said in a statement. (New Zealand-Africa-Famine)


DHAKA -- The Bangladesh police have cordoned off two buildings in the country's Moulvibazar district, about 200 km north-east of capital Dhaka, where militants were suspected of being holed up.

According to a Moulvibazar district police official, who did not like to be named, law enforcers had surrounded the houses in two separate areas of the district since early Wednesday. (Bangladesh-Militants)


SYDNEY -- Tropical Cyclone Debbie struck the coast of the Australian state of Queensland Tuesday, with rescue and recovery efforts continuing well into Wednesday.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the carnage on local radio on Wednesday, and said it looked as though a "bomb had hit" parts of the Whitsunday Islands and areas in Mackay, in far north Queensland.(Australia-Cyclone) Endit