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Debris from China’s Long March 5B rocket crashes back to Earth over Indian Ocean

Sun, 2022-07-31 04:59
China’s space flight agency said wreckage of the Long March 5B hit Earth over the sea in the southwestern Philippines with the ‘vast majority’ of the debris burning up upon re-entry.
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Member of marauding monkey gang put down by Japanese authorities, reports say

Sun, 2022-07-31 02:42
The Japanese macaque was identified as responsible for at least one of the many monkey attacks that have plagued the Japanese city of Yamaguchi since the start of July.
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Coronavirus: New Zealand border reopens to the world after closing to almost all travellers in 2020

Sun, 2022-07-31 01:34
The border reopening on Sunday means the country will open for all travellers needing visas – including tourists, workers, families and students. The maritime border will also reopen.
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India’s Mukesh Ambani streams into race for online viewers as Netflix, Disney+ eye growth market

Sat, 2022-07-30 16:00
Accounting firm PriceWaterhouse estimates that revenue from media services offered directly to viewers via the internet will climb to US$2.4 billion in India by 2026.
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Australia Prime Minister Anthony Albanese plans landmark Indigenous referendum for parliamentary representation

Sat, 2022-07-30 14:55
Australian government is seeking a referendum – necessary to make changes to the constitution – on recognising indigenous minorities in the constitution and requiring governments consult Aboriginal people on decisions that impact their lives.
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Church or cult? Abe murder spotlights Unification Church and other South Korean ‘pseudo-religious’ groups

Sat, 2022-07-30 13:00
Groups known as “fringe churches” have long been of concern, particularly to people with family members involved, now they’ve been thrust into the public spotlight.
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From Singapore to Hong Kong and Japan, is a 4-day work week a pipe dream for Asia?

Sat, 2022-07-30 11:00
Asian governments and companies have been slower, compared to their Western counterparts, in advocating for a healthy work-life balance.
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Coronavirus: North Korea claims no new fever cases amid doubts over Covid data

Sat, 2022-07-30 10:49
North Korea said earlier this month it was on a path to “finally defuse” its first publicly declared coronavirus crisis even as Asian neighbours experience a resurgence in infections driven by Omicron subvariants.
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World Bank refuses new funding for bankrupt Sri Lanka

Sat, 2022-07-30 09:24
Sri Lanka defaulted on its US$51-billion foreign debt in April and huge protests earlier this month forced then president Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and resign.
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Can Philippines overcome crisis of investor confidence amid inflation, corruption, debt woes?

Sat, 2022-07-30 08:30
Businesses have expressed ‘confidence’ in Marcos Jnr and some analysts expect Duterte’s tax and ownership liberalisation laws to help boost foreign investments.
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US and Japan launch economic dialogue aimed at pushing back against China

Sat, 2022-07-30 04:24
The two countries agreed to establish a new joint research centre for next-generation semiconductors during the so-called economic ‘two-plus-two’ ministerial meeting in Washington on Friday.
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US scrutiny of solar products from China’s Xinjiang could ‘create opportunities’ for Indian manufacturers

Fri, 2022-07-29 20:30
Growing demand for polysilicon made outside China could help spur the development of India’s solar manufacturing industry, experts say, but the country faces numerous challenges to boost domestic production capacity.
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Glass half empty: Why Japan’s love affair with Beaujolais Nouveau has soured

Fri, 2022-07-29 17:00
With so many good wines becoming increasingly available, plus soaring costs of fuel and more complicated transportation, the favourite party quaff may struggle to recapture its market share in Japan.
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Philippines detects first case of monkeypox

Fri, 2022-07-29 15:46
The 31-year-old patient – who travelled to countries with documented monkeypox cases – is ‘recovering well’ and is under home isolation. 10 close contacts have been identified, of which three are from the same household.
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Singapore, New York see highest jump in rental prices this year, while Hong Kong sees decline

Fri, 2022-07-29 15:09
Singapore tied with New York for the highest surge in rental prices this year, with an increase of 8.5 per cent. Hong Kong, the world’s most unaffordable property market saw rents decline by 1.3 per cent.
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US, Japan discuss supply chains, semiconductors in ‘2-plus-2’ talks in face of China’s rise and Russia’s war

Fri, 2022-07-29 14:28
The two allies are increasingly feeling the need to address their economic vulnerabilities to ensure national security in the face of China ’s rise and Russia’s war on Ukraine. Officials are expected to discuss ways to enhance economic security, including over key technologies and infrastructure.
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Standard Chartered’s second-quarter profit rises 32 per cent

Fri, 2022-07-29 13:00
Standard Chartered’s pre-tax profit was US$1.32 billion in the second quarter, beating a consensus estimate of US$989 million.
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Australian TV soap ‘Neighbours’ that gave starts to Margo Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Russel Crowe, and Chris Hemsworth signs off after 37 years

Fri, 2022-07-29 11:22
Oscar-winner Russell Crowe, Chris Hemsworth, Margot Robbie, Kylie Minogue, Natalie Imbruglia and Holly Valance are among the celebrities who started their careers on fictional Ramsay Street. Thursday the show signed off after 37 years.
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Thailand says it won’t deport Uygurs to China amid crackdown on asylum seekers

Fri, 2022-07-29 10:30
While a Thai official says the ‘basic rights’ of Uygurs won’t be breached, an NGO has urged for rights workers to be allowed to visit the detainees and monitor their health.
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South Korea steps closer to Ukraine war with massive arms deal to Poland

Fri, 2022-07-29 08:42
South Korea ’s biggest ever arms deal will make it a major supplier of weapons flooding into Europe since the Ukraine war began, with sales to Nato -member Poland. The first stage of the deal will involve 180 tanks and 48 howitzers, with the first deliveries this year.
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