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Policy makers at the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, started a two-day meeting Tuesday in WashingtonAnalysts predict the Fed will increase the benchmark interest rate for the first time in nearly a decade.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said Myanmar's opium output remains steady in its latest production assessment. Ron Corben reports.

"The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime's latest opium survey for Myanmar and Laos, released Tuesday, says poverty and conflict are the driving forces behind poppy cultivation, the second largest behind that of Afghanistan. The UNODC says although Southeast Asia's opium poppy output generally has steadied in recent years, production is still more than triple the output in 2006. And 90 percent of Southeast Asia's production is centered in Myanmar, especially northern Shan state. Ron
Corben, Bangkok, Thailand."

benchmark n.基准,参照, 标准检查程序

opium output  鸦片产量