Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 9

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DHAKA -- Thousands of garment workers staged demonstrations to demand wage hike for the third consecutive day on Tuesday in key apparel hubs on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

Dozens of workers and policemen were reportedly injured as some laborers clashed with the law enforcers in the industrial hubs in Ashiila and Savar outside the capital city.(Bangladesh-Demonstrations)

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ISLAMABAD -- Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan Tariq Bajwa said Tuesday that his country expects more financial technology from China to help develop digital financial service in Pakistan.

The governor made the remarks during a launching ceremony of the country's first blockchain technology backed home remittances service. "This puts Pakistan on the map of very few in the world that have launched international remittance using blockchain technology," he added. (Pakistan-China-Financial Technology)

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SYDNEY -- At least 11 international consulates in Melbourne have been evacuated on Wednesday with early media reports asserting that "suspicious packages" were sent to the locations along with written threats.

While Victorian State Police have not yet released any details of the developing incident, hazmat teams and a large contingency of emergency responders have been photographed outside.(Australia-Hazmat teams)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's job growth hit a 9-year low last year, with the unemployment rate rising to the highest in 17 years, a government report showed Wednesday.

The number of those employed stood at 26,822,000 in 2018, up 97,000 from the previous year, according to Statistics Korea. The figure expanded 316,000 in 2017. (S. Korea-Job growth) Enditem

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