Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, Jan. 7

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand firefighters have finally managed to contain a large forest fire that broke out on Monday and has burned through more than 300 hectares of the North Island forest in the north of Napier.

The fire broke out at a pine forest in Napier on Monday when it spread 140 hectares. However, its size grew to more than 300 hectares before fire crews contained it on Tuesday. (New Zealand-Forest fire)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday offered a broader inter-Korean cooperation this year to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), while proposing concerted efforts to create conditions for top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un's visit to Seoul.

"It is very sorry that a bigger advance has not been made in inter-Korean cooperation for the past year," Moon said during his televised New Year's speech at the presidential complex Blue House. (South Korea-President-Inter-Korean cooperation)

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CANBERRA -- Hundreds of Australians have been arrested for allegedly deliberately lighting Australian bushfires in only a matter of months.

Australia is currently enduring one of the worst bushfire crises in the nation's history, with at least 25 people having been killed since September. (Australia-Bushfire-Arrests)

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FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan -- Sixty-nine Taliban militants have surrendered to the Afghan army in western Ghor province amid military pressure in the mountainous region, provincial governor said on Tuesday.

"A cleanup operation, launched by Afghan National Army (ANA), is ongoing in Shahrak district during the past one week. About 300 militants are surrounded by the army personnel and on Monday evening, 69 Taliban militants surrendered to army in the district," Governor Ghulam Nasir Khaze told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban militants) Enditem

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