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What did Indonesia’s Jokowi hope to achieve with his whirlwind China-Japan-South Korea tour?

Fri, 2022-07-29 08:30
Analysts said the Indonesian president’s whistle-stop tour was ‘straight out of the non-aligned leaders’ playbook’, as Jakarta works to maintain its delicate US-China balancing act.
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Malaysia bans party-hopping lawmakers to ease political turmoil

Thu, 2022-07-28 18:14
The anti-party hopping bill to curb defections by MPs was approved with a two-thirds majority in parliament.
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Malaysia’s Najib Razak hails Indonesia’s ‘proactive steps’ to deepen China ties

Thu, 2022-07-28 18:00
Najib used the Indonesian president’s trip to Beijing to take aim at critics who had accused him of ‘selling the country’ when he made similar overtures during his leadership.
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After decriminalising cannabis, Thailand may gamble on casinos to lure more tourists to revive pandemic-hit economy

Thu, 2022-07-28 14:55
Casino proposal comes amid Thailand’s broader move toward a more-liberal legal landscape. Last month, it became the first country in Asia to decriminalise cannabis and first in Southeast Asia to move toward legalising same-sex unions.
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1MDB-linked hip-hop artist Pras Michel sells stake in Fugees Library to Apollo-backed firm

Thu, 2022-07-28 13:10
Michel, 49, indicted last year along with fugitive financier Jho Low, is accused of illegally lobbying the Trump administration to drop an investigation tied to the 1MDB global bribery scandal and remove a Chinese dissident from the US.
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Will South Korea join US-led chip alliance ‘Chip 4’, and risk business ties with China?

Thu, 2022-07-28 12:00
The US-led partnership known as Chip 4 includes South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, and is seen by Beijing as Washington’s plot to exclude China from semiconductor supply chains.
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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un threatens to use nuclear weapons amid tensions with US, South Korea

Thu, 2022-07-28 11:26
Kim’s speech to war veterans on the 69th anniversary of the end of the 1950-53 Korean war was apparently meant to boost internal unity in the impoverished country suffering pandemic-related economic difficulties.
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Fearing US sanctions, Philippines scraps US$227 million deal to buy 16 Russian helicopters

Thu, 2022-07-28 08:49
Philippine Ambassador to Washington Jose Manuel Romualdez said Manila could face possible sanctions under a US federal law called the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act if the helicopter deal went through.
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Uygur separatist group rebuilds bases in Afghanistan even as China-Taliban ties grow

Thu, 2022-07-28 08:30
Analysts say that despite keeping a low profile, the ETIM, which is aligned with al-Qaeda, is a ‘ticking time bomb for China’.
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Two charged in murder of Ripudaman Singh Malik, Canadian Sikh acquitted in Air India bombing

Thu, 2022-07-28 05:31
Tanner Fox, 21, and Jose Lopez, 23, were arrested over the apparently targeted shooting of businessman Ripudaman Singh Malik in the Vancouver area.
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China, South Korea renew service sector talks, opening up a ‘win-win for both economies’

Thu, 2022-07-28 05:00
China and South Korea signed a free-trade agreement that went into effect in 2015, but discussions over the second phase to further open their service sectors had stalled until a meeting earlier this month.
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How instability in Afghanistan raises the global risk of narco-terrorism

Thu, 2022-07-28 00:30
Given the continuing international freeze on Afghanistan’s economic assets and meagre financial support from erstwhile donors, an increase in the production and sale of illegal drugs is likely. A Taliban boost for the opium trade, combined with its support to terrorist organisations like al-Qaeda, can exacerbate the challenge of narco-terrorism.
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South Korea’s risky ‘Kill Chain’ plans to counter North Korea nuclear threat may raise eyebrows in China

Wed, 2022-07-27 19:00
South Korea’s “Kill Chain” calls for pre-emptive strikes against the North’s missiles and possibly its senior leadership if an imminent attack is detected – but it’s a strategy some experts say may lead to regional instability.
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Japan’s netizens express glee, relief over execution of Akihabara mass murderer

Wed, 2022-07-27 17:51
Amnesty International called the hanging ‘a callous attack on the right to life’, and urged Japan to introduce an immediate moratorium on executions.
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Japan, Indonesia agree to boost naval security ties, with an eye on China

Wed, 2022-07-27 16:01
Fumio Kishida said Japan will provide support to ‘further reinforce Indonesian maritime security’, a day after Joko Widodo met Xi Jinping in China.
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Singapore extends visit permit for Sri Lanka’s self-exiled former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Wed, 2022-07-27 14:06
A short-term visit pass issued when Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in the city state earlier this month has been extended for 14 days, sources said.
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Cannabis milk tea, CBD toothpaste: Thailand cashes in on legalisation

Wed, 2022-07-27 13:07
Thailand has seen an explosion of cannabis-infused products like toothpaste, tea, soaps and snacks since the government legalised the plant last month.
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South Korea’s Yoon Suk-yeol takes aim at police as he battles record low approval ratings

Wed, 2022-07-27 12:03
Yoon Suk-yeol has had to defend a proposal to assume greater control over law enforcement after it prompted police protests his interior minister compared to a ‘military coup’.
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Powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes the Philippines

Wed, 2022-07-27 11:04
The quake badly damaged a hospital and other buildings in the northern Abra province and sent strong tremors through the capital Manila.
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Indian actor Ranveer Singh’s nude photo shoot attracts police complaints: ‘This is vulgar. We can see his bum’

Wed, 2022-07-27 09:12
Days after Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh shared photos from the shoot on social media, complaints were filed accusing him of insulting women’s modesty.
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