Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, March 26

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NEW DELHI -- Two people were injured on Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) crashed at an airport in the southern Indian state of Kerala, local media reported.

The light helicopter crashed at the Cochin international airport while it was on a flying sortie. (India-Helicopter-Crash)

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SHIBERGHAN, Afghanistan -- The Afghan security forces have discovered a weapon cache and mine-making center of Daesh, or Islamic State (IS), in Shiberghan, the capital of Afghanistan's northern Jawzjan province, the provincial police chief said on Sunday.

Acting on a tip-off, the security forces raided a house in Sakhi Abad village of Shiberghan on Saturday and discovered a variety of arms and ammunition, including a suicide vest, hand grenades and objects used in making mines and explosive devices, Shah Mohammad Ahmadi said. (Afghanistan-IS-Weaponry)

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TOKYO -- More than 10 percent of Japanese youngsters who acquired acute brain syndrome after contracting COVID-19 have passed away, according to the findings of a recent national survey released by a study team from the health ministry.

Between January 2020 and May 2022, the survey discovered 34 cases of acute encephalopathy linked to COVID-19 infection in individuals under the age of 18. (Japan-Brain Disease-Survey)

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NEW DELHI -- Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched on Sunday 36 satellites using its heaviest rocket LVM3, officials said.

The satellites were launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, off the Bay of Bengal coast located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh at 9:00 a.m. local time (0330 GMT). (India-Satellites-Launch)

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JAKARTA -- Three people were reportedly missing after a tanker ship caught fire off the coast of Indonesia's West Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday, a rescuer said.

The vessel was operated by the Indonesia's state-owned oil firm PT Pertamina, and the accident occurred just off the coast of the firm's oil storage located in Mataram city of the province, said Wahyu Efendi, head of the provincial search and rescue office. (Indonesia-Fire) Enditem

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