Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Jan. 26

TOKYO — A magnitude-5.7 earthquake hit Japan’s Iwate Prefecture on the Honshu Island on Saturday, according to Japan Meteorological Agency.

The temblor occurred at about 17:23 local time, with its epicenter at a latitude of 40.3 degrees north and a longitude of 142.4 degrees east, and at a depth of 30 km. (Japan-Quake)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan — At least one person has been confirmed dead and another injured in a blast that rocked Jalalabad city, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday, an official said.

According to the source who declined to be identified, one child lost his life and another was injured in the blast. (Afghanistan-Blast)

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CANBERRA — Two divers who helped rescue 12 Thai boys and their football coach from a flooded Thai cave have been jointly named 2019 Australians of the Year.

Richard Harris and Craig Challen were awarded the honour at a ceremony in Canberra on Friday night by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, becoming the first joint winners since 1967. (Australia-Thai)

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VIENTIANE — Visit China-Laos Year 2019 was launched on Friday in Vientiane, the capital of Laos.

Chinese Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang together with Bosengkham Vongdara, Lao Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, read congratulatory letters from the leaders of both countries at the opening ceremony. (China-Laos)

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SINGAPORE — Singapore launched the eighth and final Littoral Mission Vessel (LMV) at the Singapore Technologies (ST) Marine’s Benoi Shipyard Saturday.

The LMV, a military vessel poised to replace the current 23-year-old Patrol Vessels in the Singapore Navy fleet, is jointly developed by the Navy and the country’s Defense Science Technology Agency (DSTA), and constructed by ST Marine. (Singapore-Navy) Enditem

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