June 25 Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT

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Tourists walk with masks at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. South Korea on Monday identified 23 new contagions with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), increasing the total number to 87 while deaths from the viral disease rose to six as one more death was reported. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin) (dzl)
Tourists walk with masks at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. South Korea on Monday identified 23 new contagions with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), increasing the total number to 87 while deaths from the viral disease rose to six as one more death was reported. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin) (dzl)

SEOUL– South Korea’s finance ministry said Thursday that it would spend more than 15 trillion won (13.5 billion U.S. dollars) to stimulate the economy hit by the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS).

Tourists walk with masks at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. South Korea on Monday identified 23 new contagions with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), increasing the total number to 87 while deaths from the viral disease rose to six as one more death was reported. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin) (dzl)
Tourists walk with masks at the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, June 8, 2015. South Korea on Monday identified 23 new contagions with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), increasing the total number to 87 while deaths from the viral disease rose to six as one more death was reported. (Xinhua/Yao Qilin) (dzl)

The stimulus package included a supplementary budget plan, but the size of the extra budget would be decided upon in early July after consulting with lawmakers, according to the second-half economic policy direction. (S. Korea-MERS-Stimulus Package)
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NEW DELHI — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday slammed the country’s main opposition Congress party to mark the 40th anniversary of the Emergency.
The Congress party was in power when then and India’s first woman Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed emergency on the country in 1975, jailing opposition politicians and putting curbs on media. (India-Opposition-Emergency)
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KATHMANDU — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Thursday that China will offer 3 billion yuan (483 million U.S. dollars) in aid for Nepal’s reconstruction after a massive earthquake jolted the Himalayan country on April 25.
Wang told the Chinese media based here that a comprehensive Chinese aid plan for Nepal covers five areas, namely unconditional
financial donations, loans for reconstruction projects, encouragement for Chinese enterprises and non-governmental groups to participate in Nepal’s economic reconstruction, helping train professional and skilled personal and helping restore cultural heritage damaged by the quake.(Nepal-China-Donation)
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WELLINGTON — Environment activists ended a 10-hour standoff with police Thursday, during which they occupied the roof of New Zealand’s Parliament building to protest the government’s lack of action against climate change.
Radio New Zealand reported the day-long protest ended at about 5 p.m. local time when the four Greenpeace campaigners climbed down of their own accord.
Police officers escorted them to a waiting police van and charged each of the protesters with trespass, said the report. ( New Zealand-Enviornments-Protest) Enditem

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