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Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Oct. 27

DAVAO, the Philippines -- A China-funded bridge that connects the Philippines' third largest city Davao and a tourist island will help boost tourism and economic growth in the country's southern region, said President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos on Thursday at the project's groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony kicked off the construction of the 3.81-km two-way, four-lane Samal Island-Davao City Connector Bridge that will ease the access for tourists to the Island Garden City of Samal.

Once completed, this bridge will help us develop the economic potential of Davao City and the Island Garden City of Samal, as well as enhance local residents' access to employment, education, and other services, Marcos said. (Philippines-China-Bridge)

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DHAKA -- A 63-hour search and rescue mission has concluded with the recovery of the eighth and last body from a sand-laden dredger that sank off the coast of Bangladesh's Chattogram district, some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, in the wake of cyclone Sitrang.

Fire service and civil defense's deputy assistant director in Chattogram, Abdullah Harun Pasha, told journalists Thursday that eight workers out of nine onboard the dredger are now confirmed dead. (Bangladesh-Dredger-Deaths)

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SEOUL -- Lee Jae-yong, the de-facto leader of South Korean tech behemoth Samsung Electronics, was promoted to chairman, the company said Thursday.

Samsung said in a statement that the board of directors approved the appointment of Lee as executive chairman citing the current uncertain global business environment and the pressing need for stronger accountability and business stability. (South Korea-Samsung Electronics-Chairman)

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HONG KONG, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Scientists and engineers in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) as well as the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) have responded with great enthusiasm to the first-ever opportunity to join the country's manned space missions.

The Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau of the HKSAR government, which is in charge of the screening process in Hong Kong, said that it had received nearly 50 applications by Wednesday, many of which came from universities, research institutes and local companies. (HK-Macao-Chinese Space Mission)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia on Thursday launched longan exportation to China, marking another fruitful cooperation in the agricultural sector between the two countries.

Cambodian Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dith Tina and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia Wang Wentian attended the launching ceremony here. (Cambodia-China-Longan Exports)