Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, April 15

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WELLINGTON -- A latest poll released on Monday showed that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern reached her highest ever rating as preferred prime minister.

According to the One News/Colmar Brunton Poll, Ardern's popularity reached 51 percent as preferred prime minister compared to 5 percent for Simon Bridges, the opposition National Party leader. (New Zealand-PM-Rating)

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NEW DELHI -- India on Monday successfully test fired 1,000 km strike range sub-sonic cruise missile "Nirbhay" off the coast of its eastern sate of Odisha, local media reported.

The missile was developed by Bengaluru-based Aeronautical Development Establishment, a lab under India's Defence Research and Development Organization. (India-Missile-Testfire)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday expressed his hope that Britain's planned departure from the European Union will not have an overly negative impact on Japanese firms.

In talks with British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in Tokyo, Abe said he welcomed Britain averting leaving the EU without a deal, owing to EU leaders and Britain agreeing last week to push back the exit deadline until the end of October from April 12. (Japan-Brexit)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Monday that he will actively push for another summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), to help resume dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

"Now, it's time to actively prepare and push for South-North summit," Moon told a regular meeting with his senior secretaries, referring to the fourth summit between South Korea and the DPRK. The leaders of the two Koreas held summit talks three times last year. (S.Korea-DPRK-Meeting)

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TOKYO -- The operator of the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Monday began removing nuclear fuel from a storage pool inside one of the damaged reactor buildings.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (TEPCO) said it is using newly-developed, remotely operated machines to remove the fuel from the No. 3 reactor's storage pool. (Japan-TEPCO) Enditem

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