TOKYO, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 struck off Aomori prefecture, northeastern Japan, at 7.51 pm local time (1051 GMT) Wednesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported Japan Meteorological Agency as saying.

LANZHOU (China), Jan 24 (Bernama) -- Northwest China's Gansu Province will close 10 hydropower stations this year, in efforts to protect the national nature reserve in the Qilian Mountains, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

VIENTIANE, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- The Lao government regards regional and international cooperation as an important strategy to promote tourism in the country, the Vientiane Times news portal reported a senior government official as saying in an inter-parliament session in Hanoi, recently.

NEW DELHI, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- India's civil aviation regulator has suspended the flying licences of two pilots for five years for a mid-air brawl in the cockpit of an international flight of a private carrier on New Year's Day, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

SYDNEY, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- A new population of what is considered the world's rarest fish has been discovered off the southeast coast of Australia's Tasmania Island, China's Xinhua news agency reported Australian researchers as saying on Wednesday.

BEIJING, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- China's national observatory issued a yellow snowstorm alert for Wednesday and Thursday, as heavy snow continues to hit central and eastern China, China's Xinhua news agency reported.

JALALABAD (Afghanistan), Jan 24 (Bernama) -- At least 11 people were injured as a suicide bombing rocked Jalalabad city, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday, China's Xinhua news agency reported spokesman for provincial government Attaullah Khogiani as saying.