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NEW DELHI -- The rover of India's Chandrayaan-3 has detected signs of the presence of oxygen and several minerals on the lunar surface, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said on Tuesday.

The moon probe landed on the moon's south pole on Aug. 23. (India-Moon-Oxygen)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Giant panda cubs Yi Yi and Sheng Yi returned to China late on Tuesday, bringing their stay in Malaysia to a close as they reach maturity.

At a brief ceremony held at the Giant Panda Conservation Center in Zoo Negara, Deputy Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Huang Tiong Sii said Yi Yi, who is now five years old, had been scheduled to return in 2020, but this was postponed due to the pandemic. (Malaysia-China-Giant Panda Cubs)

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TOKYO -- Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of China's internet giant Alibaba, announced Tuesday the launch of a digital transformation lab in Japan as it seeks to work with local businesses to accelerate digitalization.

The lab, mainly targeting sectors including retail and logistics, aims to co-develop innovative industrial solutions with participating members in Japan, according to a press briefing held in Tokyo. (Japan-Alibaba Cloud-Lab)

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VIENTIANE -- Lao Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone on Monday congratulated Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on his appointment by telephone, and the two leaders held talks on further cementing Lao-Thai ties and cooperation.

During their talks by phone, the two heads of government reached consensus on continuing bilateral economic cooperation and creating an environment conducive to trade and investment cooperation, Lao National TV reported on Tuesday. (Laos-Thailand-Ties) Enditem

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