Asia stocks higher, NZ dollar surges after small rate cut

TOKYO — Asian stock markets were mostly higher Thursday after Greece passed another bailout hurdle and New Zealand cut interest rates.

KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 edged up 0.4 percent to 20,675.04 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 25,469.62. The Shanghai Composite index gained 1 percent to 4,066.55. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 inched down 0.2 percent to 5,601.80. South Korea's Kospi slipped nearly 0.2 percent to 2,061.34. Markets in Southeast Asia were...

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