Tue, 26 Sep 2023

CANBERRA -- Federal police have launched the first war crimes prosecution in Australian history over an alleged battlefield murder in Afghanistan.

Australian Federal Police officers on Monday arrested Oliver Schulz, 41, and charged him with one count of war crime, murder under the Criminal Code Act. (Australia-War Crimes)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lanka will receive the first tranche of the IMF Extended Fund Facility (EFF) within the next two days, IMF senior mission chief for Sri Lank Peter Breuer said on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka will immediately receive an initial disbursement of about 330 million U.S. dollars from the EFF arrangement, which is expected to catalyze new external financing including from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, he told a press conference. (Sri Lanka-IMF-Fund)

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SEOUL -- The South Korean private space company Innospace has successfully flown a test launch vehicle, marking the first of its kind by the country's private sector, local media reported on Tuesday.

Hanbit-TLV, the suborbital test launch vehicle independently developed by the space startup, was launched from the Alcantara Space Center in northern Brazil at 2:52 p.m. local time (1752 GMT) on Sunday. (SKorea-Test Launch Vehicle)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Tuesday praised China for its strong support for the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) over the past seven years.

The LMC countries include China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. (Cambodia-China-Support)

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JAKARTA -- Indonesian students rallied on Tuesday against Japan's controversial plan to dump its nuclear wastewater into the sea.

They delivered statements while clad in anti-radioactive costumes and holding up posters depicting perilous nuclear waste in front of the Japanese Embassy in Jakarta. (Indonesia-Japan-Nuclear Wastewater)

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