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Asia markets rise on HK bill withdrawal

STI jumps 39.94 points to close at 3,130.57; China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and South Korea also end higher

WEDNESDAY'S flurry of activity certainly made up for Tuesday's quiet session.

Traders already had economic data from the US and China to digest, but news that Hong Kong will withdraw its much-criticised extradition bill stole the show, stamping its influence on sentiment, which took on a...