Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, March 12

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HANOI -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam said on Tuesday it would not license Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the country after the two deadly crashes in the world within five months that left no survivors, local media reported on Tuesday.

"We will not be reviewing licences for the use of the series until the causes for the crashes are identified and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration takes proper remedying measures," the authority's chief, Dinh Viet Thang, was quoted by daily newspaper Tien Phong (Pioneer) as reporting on Tuesday. (Vietnam-Boeing-Ground)

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PHNOM PENH -- A Cambodian government spokesman and scholars said on Tuesday that Chinese investment is good for Cambodia since it has importantly contributed to economic growth and job creations for Cambodians.

Government spokesman Phay Siphan said Cambodia's peace, political stability and excellent ties with China had encouraged more and more Chinese investors to come to Cambodia, particularly to the coastal province of Preah Sihanouk. (Cambodia-China-Investment)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean relations said Tuesday that it will seek talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to facilitate dialogue between the DPRK and the United States.

The ministry said in its 2019 work plan, submitted to the presidential Blue House, that it will push for inter-Korean talks, through which Seoul can help facilitate the dialogue between Pyongyang and Washington. (S.Korea-DPRK-U.S.)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- Armed militants intercepted a passenger bus in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province on Tuesday morning and kidnapped 13 commuters, said a local official.

"A group of armed militants intercepted a passenger bus in Jar-e-Khushk area of Baghlan-e-Markazi district, Baghlan province today morning. After checking the travelers, the militants took 13 men to unknown locations," an army spokesman in the province Abdul Hadi Jamal told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Kidnapping)

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KABUL -- At least 11 police officers were killed after Taliban militants attacked security checkpoints in Afghanistan's western province of Badghis overnight, local media Tolo News TV reported on Tuesday.

"Dozens of Taliban fighters armed with guns and heavy weapons stormed police checkpoints in Muqur district, 15 km north of provincial capital Qala-e-Naw Monday night. The clashes left 11 police killed," Ziaull Haq Firoz Koahi, advisor to government chief executive office and resident of Badghis, was quoted in the report as saying. (Afghanistan-Taliban-Attack)

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SINGAPORE -- The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending all Boeing 737 MAX flights in its airspace on Tuesday days after a plane crash in Ethiopia.

The aviation regulator explained that the decision was made "in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months." (Singapore-Boeing-Suspension) Enditem

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