Xinhua Asia Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Dec. 26

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YANGON -- Myanmar's Ministry of Health and Sports on Saturday announced the lifting of stay-at-home order in some townships of regions and states as fewer daily infection cases are seen there.

According to the order issued by the ministry, the stay-at-home order will be lifted in all townships excluding three townships in Yangon region on Sunday. (Myanmar-Stay At Home Order-Lifting)

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MANILA -- The Philippines on Saturday decided to extend the travel ban for flights from Britain for another two weeks until mid-January to ensure that the new COVID-19 strain found in Britain will not enter the country.

President Rodrigo Duterte made the decision after meeting with the inter-agency COVID-19 task force to discuss the implications of the new strain to his country's efforts to contain the disease. (Philippines-Flight Ban-Britain)

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HONG KONG -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam officiated at a ceremony to mark the commissioning of the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link Northern Connection on Saturday.

The Northern Connection is 5.5 km long, of which about 5 km is the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Tunnel, a subsea road tunnel connecting Tuen Mun South and the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Hong Kong Port. (Hong Kong-Link-Ceremony)

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MACAO -- The China Media Group (CMG), China's major broadcaster, launched its Asia-Pacific branch and the sub-branches of Hong Kong and Macao special administrative regions on Saturday in the two cities via "cloud links."

Shen Haixiong, president of the CMG, said in Macao at the launch ceremony that the CMG, relying on its Asia-Pacific branch, would serve as a bridge linking China and its Asia-Pacific neighbors, and the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large. (CMG-Asia Pacific Branch-Launch)

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KABUL -- Four people, including two police officers, were killed and four others wounded in four separate explosions in Kabul on Saturday, the latest in a string of bomb attacks in the Afghan capital, a government spokesman confirmed.

"Four killed and four wounded, including two security forces members, were transported by Kabul Ambulance Service to hospitals following explosions in Kabul Saturday morning," Masooma Jafari, a spokesperson of the Public Health Ministry, told reporters. (Afghanistan-Blasts-Toll) Enditem

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