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

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PHNOM PENH -- The Cambodian government approved on Friday the long-awaited draft laws on e-commerce and consumer protection, government spokesman Phay Siphan said.

The approval was made during a weekly cabinet meeting, which was presided over by Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the spokesman said on his Facebook page. (Cambodia-Draft Laws)

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JALALABAD, Afghanistan -- At least five people were killed and over 40 others wounded when a suicide bomber blew his explosives packed vest among a wedding crowd in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province, an official said Friday.

The incident happened in the morning when a crowd was attending a wedding ceremony at the house of a pro-government militia commander, Malik Toor in Pachir Agam district, provincial government spokesman Ataullah Khogyani told Xinhua. (Afghanistan-Suicide Attack-Casualties)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's presidential National Security Office (NSO) on Friday proposed to Japan that the two countries jointly ask an international body to probe into the handling of strategic materials by both countries after Japan's indication of South Korea having illegally smuggled the materials to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Kim You-geun, the NSO first deputy director of the Blue House, made the proposal during a press briefing, calling on Japan to jointly ask a panel of experts of the UN Security Council or a proper international organization to look fairly into whether South Korea or Japan violated international rules on the strategic materials transfer. (S. Korea-Japan-Dispute)

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MELBOURNE -- Over 200 top brands are on display at the 2019 Australia-China Economic Trade and Investment Expo (ACETIE) which officially opened here on Friday.

Food and wine, finance, technology, e-commerce and tourism, among many others, are on show, providing business representatives a broad range of opportunities. (Australia-China-EXPO)

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ISLAMABAD -- The death toll of the collision between a passenger train and a freight train in Pakistan's eastern district of Rahim Yar Khan on Thursday morning has risen to 21, police said late Thursday.

Umar Farooq Salamat, district police officer of Rahim Yar Khan, told the media that the death increased to 21 when rescuers recovered eight more bodies after cutting the destroyed coaches of the passenger train. (Pakistan-Train Collision-Casualties) Enditem

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