Sun, 02 Apr 2023

TOKYO -- A reactor at Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture of central Japan was automatically halted Monday after an alert went off, local media reported.

Following an alert warning of a rapid decrease in the number of neutrons within the unit, the No. 4 reactor at the Takahama plant was halted at 3:21 p.m. local time, Kyodo News reported. (Japan-Takahama Nuclear Plant)

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ISLAMABAD -- A suicide bombing ripped through a crowded mosque in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on Monday, killing at least 28 worshippers and wounding more than 140 others, government and police officials said.

Muhammad Ijaz Khan, capital city police officer of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, told Xinhua that around 300 people were praying in the mosque of the Police Lines area of the city when the blast happened, killing and wounding people including police officers. (Pakistan-Mosque-Suicide Blast)

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VIENTIANE -- The Standing Committee of the Lao National Assembly (NA) on Monday approved a three-minister reshuffle, following a proposal by the prime minister.

Former governor of Savannakhet province Santiphab Phomvihane was appointed as the new minister of finance. Bounchom Oubonpaseuth, former Minister of Finance will take up a new post in Savannakhet province, Vice President of the Lao NA, Sounthone Xayachack, told a press conference in Lao capital Vientiane on Monday. (Laos-Cabinet Reshuffle)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's population mobility hit the lowest in 48 years last year due to the housing market downturn and the rapidly aging population, statistical office data showed Monday.

The number of those who changed residence to a different province or city came to 6,152,000 in 2022, down 14.7 percent from the previous year, according to Statistics Korea. (South Korea-Population Mobility)

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HANOI -- The consumption habits of Vietnamese people are changing after the COVID-19 pandemic, with many using second-hand products to save money and promote sustainability, local media reported on Monday.

The three most popular categories to sell second-hand items are electronics, home and furniture, and motorcycles, local newspaper Vietnam News reported. (Vietnam-Second-hand Products)

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