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Malaysia’s PM Ismail Sabri Yaacob faces mounting pressure to call snap vote, as Najib and allies step up Umno faction war

Sun, 2022-07-03 08:30
PM’s Umno party’s president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has sacked Tajuddin Abdul Rahman from its powerful supreme council; opponents of Ahmad Zahid, close to former PM Najib, say he’s keen to return to power and quash the corruption accusations they face in court.
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Could Chinese demand soften the blow of a US recession on Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore?

Sun, 2022-07-03 08:00
Analysts say even a marginal acceleration of Chinese demand could cushion the growth drag on Asia from slower shipments from the US. But China’s economy faces numerous headwinds that threaten to throw it off course.
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Malaysia’s Mahathir proud Malaysia-born Australian is Canberra’s foreign minister

Sat, 2022-07-02 19:56
Mahathir said in 2004 that Australia could not join an East Asian diplomatic group because ‘they are Europeans, they cannot be Asians’; now, soon after Australian FM Penny Wong visited Malaysia, where she was born, he said all nations will be multiracial.
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Roe v Wade: India women fear ‘ripple effect’ after US abortion law struck down

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:00
One non-profit group fears the US verdict could lead to the spreading of more misinformation to ensure abortion services are denied to women from marginalised groups.
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Rock star Randy Bachman of the Guess Who, and Bachman-Turner Overdrive reunited with stolen guitar in Japan after 45 years

Sat, 2022-07-02 15:16
Canadian rock star reconnected in Tokyo with his cherished musical instrument after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel in 1977. The musician wrote the classic tune “American Woman” on the Gretsch guitar.
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EU seeks to boost ties with India as relations with China cool

Sat, 2022-07-02 12:00
Talks on a comprehensive trade agreement have resumed after eight years at a time when the relationship between Brussels and Beijing is becoming increasingly rocky.
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Will Russia ‘punish’ Singapore, Japan and others with cyberattacks, trade restrictions?

Sat, 2022-07-02 12:00
While the Kremlin has remained largely silent about the moves by Asian states to impose sanctions on Russia, analysts say the region is not ruling out the possibility of a reprisal.
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India, the world’s largest plastics polluter begins single-use ban on cups, straws, and spoons – but not water bottles

Sat, 2022-07-02 11:39
It is now illegal to produce, import, or sell 19 plastic items in India, but products like water and soda bottles, and bags of chips are not covered by the ban. India generated nearly 13 million metric tonnes of plastic waste in 2019 – the highest amount in the world.
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China’s Great Wall Motor shelves US$1 billion India plan: sources

Sat, 2022-07-02 10:21
Chinese carmaker suspended its investment plan in India and laid off all employees at its operations there after failing to obtain regulatory approvals.
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Why crypto fans in Singapore, Malaysia and elsewhere are upbeat despite the crash and looming regulation

Sat, 2022-07-02 09:00
As a massive market meltdown sends digital currencies tumbling, crypto critics ask if the bubble’s finally burst. Asia’s decentralised-finance, NFT advocates say no.
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Does Xi’s Hong Kong trip mean Chinese leaders are moving past Covid, returning to global scene?

Sat, 2022-07-02 08:00
China’s leaders cannot afford to wait for the virus to go away before undertaking international travel, especially as unfavourable views of China persist in many advanced economies.
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Albanese, Macron cheer fresh start in Australia-France ties after submarine spat

Fri, 2022-07-01 21:21
‘My presence here represents a new start for our countries’ relationship,’ Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said during a meeting with the French leader in Paris.
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Indonesia’s Jokowi met Putin and Zelensky to try to end war and reduce global food crisis. What did he achieve? Or was it Russian propaganda bonanza?

Fri, 2022-07-01 19:40
The leader’s ‘peace mission’ to Russia and Ukraine shows Indonesia’s foreign policy, analysts say. But they also wonder if Jakarta is ‘naive’ in being ‘toyed’ with by the Kremlin.
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Singapore’s NEWBrew made from recycled toilet water ‘tastes just like beer’, fans say

Fri, 2022-07-01 17:30
The water agency says the new beer is part of an effort to educate Singaporeans on the importance of sustainable water use and recycling.
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Reliance empire succession: what to know about Akash Ambani, from his support of Mumbai Indians, Ivy League education to love of luxury cars

Fri, 2022-07-01 17:24
Akash is the eldest son of billionaire Mukesh Ambani, and now head of largest telecoms firm in India’s most valuable conglomerate – years after Mukesh and his brother Anil argued over family fortune.
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Singapore to execute another Malaysian drug trafficker next week

Fri, 2022-07-01 16:24
Kalwant Singh, who was convicted in 2016 of trafficking heroin into the city state, is expected to be hanged on Thursday.
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Thailand says Myanmar apologised for fighter jet airspace violation

Fri, 2022-07-01 14:06
Thailand scrambled F-16s after a Myanmar jet involved in clashes with guerilla fighters violated its airspace on Thursday.
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Philippines’ Marcos Jnr appoints career diplomat Enrique Manalo as new foreign minister

Fri, 2022-07-01 13:41
New foreign affairs secretary Enrique Manalo has served as permanent Philippine representative to the United Nations, and as ambassador in various countries, including Britain.
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India PM Narendra Modi’s meeting with UAE president Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan highlights New Delhi’s concerns about Gulf ties after Prophet Mohammed row

Fri, 2022-07-01 08:30
Narendra Modi stopped off at Abu Dhabi airport on his way home from G7 summit to meet UAE president Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan; it follows a diplomatic storm after spokespersons for Modi’s party were accused of insulting the prophet Mohammed.
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North Korea blames Covid-19 outbreak on ‘alien things’ near South Korea border

Fri, 2022-07-01 07:34
In an apparent move to shift blame for a wave of infections, state media cited a soldier and a child, 5, who touched unidentified materials before falling ill.
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