Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Aug. 24

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HONG KONG -- Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways on Saturday reiterated in a statement to its employees that there is zero-tolerance to any support for or participation in illegal protests, violent activities or overly radical behaviour.

The statement was made after certain organizations announced plans to hold an illegal assembly on Monday around Cathay City, the airline's headquarters.

Cathay Pacific said the injunction granted to the Airport Authority of Hong Kong also covers its headquarters. (Cathay Pacific Airways-Statement)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on Saturday called for dialogue, pointing out that "the continued confrontation is not the way out."

Lam made the appeal on her Facebook page with regard to the current situation in Hong Kong.

The appeal comes after she invited a group of people who seek to solve the current situation to meet on Saturday morning in the Government House, the official residence of the HKSAR chief executive, to share their ideas on how to build a platform for dialogue. (HKSAR Chief-Call)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said he had held a telephone conversation with his Lao counterpart Thongloun Sisoulith on Saturday morning, reaching an agreement to withdraw both sides' troops from an undemarcated border area.

"So far, there is no any tension, and our two countries' soldiers stay together, eat together, so all of our citizens please don't worry," the prime minister said in an exclusive interview with local media Fresh News. (Cambodia-Laos-Border Troops)

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JAKARTA -- A search and rescue operation for 34 missing people continued Saturday after a passenger ship caught fire off East Java province in central Indonesia, leaving at least four people dead, an official said.

The ship, KM Santika Nusantara, caught fire while passing off Maselembu in Sumenep district on Thursday night. The fire kept burning until Friday before it was doused, head of communication for media at the national search and rescue office Yusuf Latief said. (Indonesia-Passenger Ship-Search)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will push for the negotiations on a post-Brexit free trade deal when he meets British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for the first time.

Morrison will on Saturday night arrive in France where he will become the first Australian prime minister in history to attend a meeting of the Group of Seven (G7). (Australia-Britain-Free Trade Deal) Enditem

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