Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 0600 GMT, Jan. 15

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HONG KONG -- China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government announced on Wednesday the cancellation of the 2020 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display.

This is the third time since the unrest in Hong Kong started in June, 2019 that traditional fireworks displays were canceled due to concerns over public safety. (Hong Kong-Fireworks-Cancellation)

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SYDNEY -- Flights in and out of Australia's Melbourne airport were interrupted on Wednesday due to dense bushfire smoke reducing visibility and creating dangerous conditions.

Smoke drifting across from bushfires in Victoria State's East Gippsland region forced traffic controllers to close one of the airports runways, leading to the cancellation of 50 domestic flights. (Australia-Bushfires-Flights-Cancellation)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least 62 people were killed, 53 injured while 28 went missing in separate incidents of avalanches and rainfall in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir, officials said Tuesday.

In July last year, over 20 people were killed after being swept away by flashflood after days of heavy rain and sudden cloudburst in Neelum Valley. (Pakistan-Avalanches)

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PHNOM PENH -- Fifty Cambodian garment factory workers were killed and 1,956 others were injured in traffic accidents in 2019, said a National Social Security Fund (NSSF)'s report released on Tuesday.

The figure showed a slight increase when compared to 2018, the report said, noting that in 2018, road crashes killed 42 garment workers and injured 1,821 others. (Cambodia-Traffic accidents) Enditem

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