Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600GMT, June 7
PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Heavy rains and floods killed more than 100 people, wounded around 100 others and washed away dozens of houses in Gazargah-e-Noor district of the northern Baghlan province on Friday night, district governor Noor Mohammad Gazar said Saturday.
"Powerful wind, heavy rains and hailstones caused heavy flood in Gazargah-e-Noor district of Baghlan province Friday night killing more than 100 people and injuring around 100 others within hour," Gazar told newsmen.(Afghanistan-Floods-Casualties)
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A car bomb rocked Taliban former stronghold the southern Kandahar province on Saturday, injuring five Afghan soldiers, an army commander General Abdul Hamid Hamid said.
"The terrorists organized a car bomb next to Azizullah national army base in Maiwand district at around 8:00 a.m. local time today wounding five soldiers," Hamid told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Bombing)
PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said his ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) still retained an "open door" for negotiations with the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party ( CNRP) over a 10-month post-election dispute, the country's state- run TV reported Saturday.
"The CPP continues to open its door for talks with the opposition in order to find a political solution in the spirit of national unity and unification by respecting the principles of democracy and laws," the National Television of Cambodia reported, quoting the prime minister as telling King Norodom Sihamoni on Friday.(Cambodia-Talks-Opposition)
TOKYO -- The Japanese government has not declared about 640 kg of unused plutonium in its annual report for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2012 and 2013, an amount enough to make 80 nuclear bombs, local media reported Saturday.
Japan claims to own 44 tons of plutonium, while the actual amount is 45 tons, said Japan's Kyodo News Agency. The unreported plutonium is part of the plutonium-uranium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel placed at an offline reactor in a nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture, southern Japan. (Japan-Underreporting-Plutonium)