Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 10

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SYDNEY -- Australians braced themselves as the bushfire worsened again with extreme heat and winds fanning flames in the eastern states, which is far from over.

Since September of last year, at least 27 lives have been lost, more than 2,300 homes destroyed and an estimated 1 billion animals have perished nationwide. (Australia-Bushfire)

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CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the issue for a "comprehensive" inquiry into the nation's bushfire crisis.

Morrison on Thursday raised the prospect of establishing a royal commission into the bushfires, which have claimed at least 27 lives and burned about 10 million hectares of land. (Australia-Bushfire-Inquiry)

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HONG KONG -- The Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on Thursday met here with Luo Huining, the new director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government at the Government House.

The two sides had full exchanges on the current social situation in Hong Kong and their respective performance of duties in accordance with the law. (Hong Kong-Liaison-Meeting)

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KATHMANDU -- China's northwestern Qinghai province, spread across the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau, promoted itself as an attractive tourism destination among the Nepali people through National Cultural and Artistic Exhibition here on Thursday.

Amid a special function, various tourism attractions in the province were displayed through an exhibition of photos, paintings and thangka arts, attracting Nepali tourism officials, entrepreneurs and people from different walks of life. Enditem

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