Share markets across Asia-Pacific were mostly down today. Tokyo's Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4%, Australia's S&P/ASX 200 rose 1.4% and South Korea's Kospi gave up 2.1%. Hong Kong's Hang Seng Index fell 0.8%, while New Zealand's NZX-50 inched down 0.2%. Singapore's Straits Times and Philippine shares each dropped 1.1%.

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