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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) Eddie Yue said here on Wednesday that fintech development in Hong Kong has gathered remarkable momentum ever since the first FinTech Week three years ago.

Yue made the remarks in his speech at the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2019, a five-day event that has attracted thousands of attendees across the globe. (Hong Kong-FinTech)

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TOKYO -- Japan on Wednesday said it will make all out diplomatic efforts to help ease tensions between Iran and the United States following Iran's latest nuclear moves.

Japan hopes it can play a constructive role at this point, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, adding that Japan will continue to push for increased dialogue to help defuse tensions between Iran and the United States. (Japan-Iran)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe pledged Wednesday to make all out efforts to secure the funding and other resources necessary to rebuild an iconic castle in Okinawa that was gutted in a blaze last week.

Speaking to relevant ministers in a meeting Wednesday and describing Shuri Castle as "the pride of Okinawa," Abe said that reconstructing the buildings as quickly as possible is paramount. (Japan-Shuri Castle)

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BANGKOK -- An army lieutenant general in charge of security measures in southern Thailand said on Wednesday that the unknown gunmen who killed 15 vigilantes in Yala on Tuesday night merely wanted to make news out of it.

Fourth Army Area Commander Lt. Gen. Phornsak Phulsawat said the gunmen sneaked up at night and fired on the vigilantes, killing 15 of them and wounding five others, at a raodside sentry post in a village in the capital district of Yala only intended to scare the Thais throughout the country with such appalling news of their fatal attack. (Thailand-Killing) Enditem

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