Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 7

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HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has set up an inter-departmental working group to promote Hong Kong's advantages and attract talents from overseas, a government official said on Saturday.

The unrest in Hong Kong in recent months has made some foreign talents and companies hesitate to come to Hong Kong for development. The working group aims at dispelling their doubts and concerns and attracting them to work and invest in Hong Kong, the HKSAR government's Financial Secretary Paul Chan told media after attending a radio program on Saturday.(Hong Kong-Talents)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday held phone talks with U.S. President Donald Trump over the Korean Peninsula issues, according to the presidential Blue House of South Korea.

The Blue House said in a statement that Moon made in-depth consultations with Trump on ways to move forward the peace process of the Korean Peninsula.(SKorea-US-Peninsula issue)

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NEW DELHI -- More than 1,000 special courts would be set up in India soon to ensure expeditious trial and disposal of rape cases, and the cases against the children, the country's Minister of Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said at the parliament on Friday.

The exercise of setting up the special courts would cost about 110 million U.S. dollars, out of which the central government would bear approximately 68 million U.S. dollars.(India-Rape cases)

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SUVA -- The Samoan government confirmed on Saturday two more deaths in the island nation's measles epidemic, bringing the death toll to 65 since the outbreak started in mid-October.

According to a statement on Saturday, the Samoan Ministry of Health said that of the 65 deaths, 57 deaths were children aged under four, with two fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.(Samoa-Measles)

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CANBERRA -- Australian opposition leader Anthony Albanese on Saturday accused Facebook of failing to address the spread of fake news, calling for all sides of politics to "step back" from social media and return to "rational discussion."

In his third "vision statement" since he was chosen to lead the Australian Labor Party in May, Albanese said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive officer of Facebook, failed to address the spread of misinformation on his platforms.(Australia-Facebook) Enditem

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