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ISLAMABAD -- Police on Thursday claimed to have killed two terrorists and arrested two others in an operation in Dera Ismail Khan district in Pakistan's northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of police said that two terrorists were killed in an encounter during an intelligence-based operation in the Bhagwani area of the district. (Pakistan-Counter Terrorism)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida met with visiting South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol here on Thursday, amid waves of opposition and criticism over ignoring history.

At the Prime Minister's Official Residence, Kishida met with Yoon, who is on a two-day visit to Japan. It marked the first time in nearly five years that leaders of the two countries have held a summit in Japan. (Japan-South Korea-Talks)

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WELLINGTON -- A 7.0-magnitude earthquake jolted the uninhabited Kermadec Islands at 1:56 p.m. local time on Thursday, about 1,000 km northeast of New Zealand's North Island, with a depth of 10 km.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coasts within 300 km of the quake epicenter in the South Pacific, saying "tsunami waves reaching 0.3 m to 1 m above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Kermadec Islands." (New Zealand-Earthquake)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand's gross domestic product (GDP) fell 0.6 percent in the December 2022 quarter, following a 1.7 percent rise in the previous quarter, according to quarterly figures released by the statistics department Stats NZ on Thursday.

Nine of 16 industries experienced a decrease in activity compared with the September 2022 quarter, Stats NZ said. (New Zealand-GDP-Q4) Enditem

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