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ISLAMABAD -- Death toll of multiple avalanches in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir has risen to 76 while 53 injured people are being treated in various hospitals of the area, an official of the disaster management authority in the region said on Wednesday.

A search operation is going on in the calamity-hit areas with the help of the Pakistani army, state-owned rescue organization Rescue 1122 and locals to recover the possible people in the rubbles of the houses buried by the avalanches, Saeed ur Rehman Qureshi told Xinhua. (Pakistan-Avalanches-Toll)

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TOKYO -- Payment of compensation for employees of Kyoto Animation Co. studio killed in a fatal arson attack last July has begun, victims' families said Wednesday.

The deaths of the animators were recognized as work-related as the arson attack at the first studio of Kyoto Animation on July 18 last year killed 36 workers and injured 33 others.

Following the incident, the animation company held a briefing session in September on how to apply for workers' compensation. (Kyoto Animation Co.-Arson-Payment)

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government reiterated on Wednesday that foreign organizations should not interfere in any form in the internal affairs of the HKSAR.

In response to a Hong Kong-related report issued by non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch, a spokesman for the HKSAR government said that since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has been exercising "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy in strict accordance with the HKSAR Basic Law.

"The 'one country, two systems' principle has been fully and successfully implemented. The HKSAR government will continue to implement the 'one country, two systems' principle resolutely in accordance with the Basic Law," the spokesman said. (Hong Kong-Foreign Organizations-Condemnation)

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HONG KONG -- The new director of the Chinese central government's liaison office in Hong Kong said on Wednesday that ending violence and chaos remains the most pressing task for Hong Kong, appealing to the whole community to cherish Hong Kong and uphold the "one country, two systems" principle.

"Given the current situation in Hong Kong, I want to say that ending violence and chaos and restoring social order still remain the most pressing task for Hong Kong," said Luo Huining, the new director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). (New Director-Liaison Office-Call) Enditem

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