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Japan nears deal with Britain to buy next-generation fighter jet

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:55
The deal would mark the first time in 70 years that Tokyo has signed a major defence project with a country other than the United States, a decision that analysts suggest indicates Japan’s desire to build stronger political and security alliances with more like-minded nations.
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A path of destruction and its political aftermath in Australia's Cobargo

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:24
May 16, 2022 3:24 PM

The inferno in 2019 was one of the most damaging of the "black summer" bush fires in Australia that killed 34.

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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka set for uneasy 'economic war Cabinet' ahead of new PM's first address

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:13
May 16, 2022 3:13 PM

Protesters remained camped outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's residence demanding that he resign.

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Australia ‘lost its way’ in the Pacific as China scaled up influence, says ex-envoy to Solomon Islands

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 15:03
Retired career diplomat Trevor Sofield, who was high commissioner to the Solomon Islands from 1982 to 1985, told a security summit Australia had ‘lost its way’ in the Pacific as China scaled up its influence in the region.
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Sri Lanka stumbles towards its first default on foreign debt

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:27
May 16, 2022 2:27 PM

The island nation could be formally declared in default if it fails to make an interest payment before Wednesday.

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Coronavirus: superspreader military parade blamed for deadly North Korea outbreak

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:04
Photos of the April 25 parade showed huge crowds at Pyongyang’s Kim Il-sung Square unmasked and not socially distanced. Three weeks later, North Korea has more than 1 million cases and at least 50 people have died.
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Old Xi speech on China front pages shows urgency to fix economy

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 14:03
May 16, 2022 2:03 PM

Mr Xi said China can't promote "welfarism."

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Australia's longest road tunnel to be built in Blue Mountains

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 13:40
May 16, 2022 1:40 PM

The 11km tunnel will stretch from Blackheath to Little Hartly, and reduce travel times by up to 30 minutes.

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Shanghai lockdown: China unemployment rate near pandemic peak

BBC Asia News - Mon, 2022-05-16 12:51
Evidence of China's economic slowdown came as authorities unveiled plans to lift Shanghai's lockdown.
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Malaysia’s top diplomat meets Myanmar anti-junta counterpart on sidelines of US-Asean summit

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 12:19
The meeting marked the first publicly acknowledged occasion when a ministerial-level official from an Asean member state has had face-to-face talks with a counterpart in Myanmar’s opposition National Unity Government.
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South Korea President Yoon to support Biden's new economy grouping

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 12:07
May 16, 2022 12:07 PM

Yoon said his talks with Biden will include various economic security issues.

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North Korea: More than a million Covid cases feared

BBC Asia News - Mon, 2022-05-16 12:03
The military has been ordered to intervene as a wave of Covid cases sweeps the unvaccinated country.
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In Indonesia, climate change takes a bite out of apple crops

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 11:35
May 16, 2022 11:35 AM

Prolonged rainy season and a rise in temperatures pose a serious threat to Indonesian apple farming.

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Shanghai aims for return to normal life from June 1

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 11:18
May 16, 2022 11:18 AM

The city will reopen supermarkets, convenience stores and pharmacies on Monday.

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Japan manufacturers exit China, Southeast Asia to bring production back home

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 11:02
Japan’s government was already supporting relocation of domestic companies’ production bases back to the country. Then the yen took a major tumble.
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Ukraine war: Global wheat prices jump after India export ban

BBC Asia News - Mon, 2022-05-16 10:59
World wheat prices have soared this year, pushing up the cost of everything from bread to noodles.
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South Korea turns to surveillance as 'ghost surgeries' shake faith in hospitals

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 10:46
May 16, 2022 10:46 AM

About five patients have died from ghost surgeries in the past eight years.

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How Australia saved thousands of lives while Covid-19 killed 1 million Americans

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 10:06
May 16, 2022 10:06 AM

If the US had the same Covid-19 death rate as Australia, about 900,000 lives would have been saved.

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Poor workers bear the brunt of India's heatwave

Straits Times Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 09:34
May 16, 2022 9:34 AM

Majority of poor workers, who generally work outdoors, are vulnerable to the scorching temperatures.

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Coronavirus: North Korea tops 1.2 million ‘fever’ cases with over 500,000 in quarantine

SCMP Asian News - Mon, 2022-05-16 09:32
State media did not specify how many of the cases were confirmed as Covid-19. Eight new deaths on Monday brought the toll from North Korea’s outbreak to 50. Most of the country’s 26 million people are thought to be unvaccinated.
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