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Will Indonesia finally win Elon Musk’s help to realise its EV dreams?

1 hour 59 min ago
President Joko Widodo has for years been wooing the Tesla and SpaceX CEO to invest in nickel-rich Indonesia, which is seeking grow its electric vehicle sector.
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Indian court prohibits large religious gathering at mosque after precious Hindu idols found

Mon, 2022-05-16 23:58
Gyanvapi mosque, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency, may have been built after historic temple was demolished; relics of Shiva and other Hindu symbols found.
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Japan inks US$100 million loan to Ukraine; offers to help evacuees find jobs

Mon, 2022-05-16 22:58
The aid will be co-financed with the World Bank and not used for military purposes; specialised job assistance will be given to people who have fled to Japan since Russia’s invasion.
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India, Nepal agree to build hydroelectric power plant as part of billion-dollar investments

Mon, 2022-05-16 21:09
The Arun IV project will be jointly built on the Arun River in Nepal’s east; electricity will be split on a 51/49 per cent basis; India is investing billions of dollars in its smaller neighbours, where China is increasingly active.
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Can broke Sri Lanka avoid a ‘disorderly default’ and reach an IMF deal in time?

Mon, 2022-05-16 19:06
Time is running out, but new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe is struggling to forge a unity government as strongman President Gotabaya Rajapaksa clings to power.
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Pakistan ramps up security for ex-PM Khan after assassination plot claim

Mon, 2022-05-16 18:10
Dozens of police and troops have been assigned to Khan’s Islamabad residence; security forces will also escort him whenever he travels; says he has video message detailing plot.
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Climate change prompting Indonesian farmers to compare apples to oranges

Mon, 2022-05-16 18:00
Successful apple-growing needs just the right amount of rain and sunshine, as too much or too little can severely affect the fruit’s quality.
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Malaysia’s Sarawak in talks with Norway to form sovereign fund, ‘for the benefit of future generations’

Mon, 2022-05-16 17:25
Home to some of the biggest aluminium smelters and hydroelectric dams in Southeast Asia, Sarawak aims to achieve the same standard and success as Norway, which has developed the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund.
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Japan nears deal with Britain to buy next-generation fighter jet

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

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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Coronavirus: superspreader military parade blamed for deadly North Korea outbreak

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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Malaysia’s top diplomat meets Myanmar anti-junta counterpart on sidelines of US-Asean summit

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

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

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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Joe Biden to plug Indo-Pacific Strategy in Japan and South Korea, with eye on China and Russia

Mon, 2022-05-16 07:30
The US President will seek to deepen security cooperation with both allies and encourage them to press further sanctions on Russia amid the Ukraine war.
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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka lifts curfew for Buddhist festival, celebrations muted after deadly violence

Sun, 2022-05-15 17:37
Government declared a two-day holiday for the nation’s most important religious event; but cancelled state festival at the Kuragala temple; recent mob violence by loyalists left nine dead and more than 225 wounded.
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Furore over Emma Chamberlain’s Met Gala diamond necklace puts India’s ‘stolen jewels’ in spotlight

Sun, 2022-05-15 17:00
The US YouTuber drew flak for wearing the Cartier-designed jewellery, which originally belonged to an Indian king, at the New York event’s red carpet.
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World’s food problems pile up as India restricts wheat exports, considers exporting to needy nations

Sun, 2022-05-15 16:54
‘If this ban occurred in a normal year the impact would be minimal, but the loss of Ukraine volumes exacerbate the issues,’ analyst said; India will approve export to countries that need wheat for food security, based on requests.
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50 years after Okinawa’s return to Japan from post-World War II US occupation, locals have no appetite to celebrate

Sun, 2022-05-15 14:00
Jinshiro Motoyama has been on a hunger strike demanding the immediate termination of work on the new base at Henoko and a reduction in the total number of US bases in Okinawa.
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Indonesia’s Widodo meets Tesla’s Elon Musk to push for battery investment

Sun, 2022-05-15 12:30
The president, who met the billionaire in Texas, also invited him to the November G20 meeting in Bali.
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