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Myanmar executes democracy activists in first use of capital punishment for decades

Mon, 2022-07-25 11:04
A former lawmaker from Aung San Suu Kyi’s party and another prominent activist were among the four executed prisoners.
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Solomon Islanders hope ‘China can care for us’ as opinions shift amid Beijing-backed building spree

Mon, 2022-07-25 10:02
A China-funded US$30 million infrastructure push ahead of next year’s Pacific Games has encouraged a more favourable view of Beijing in the archipelago nation.
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What’s behind the rise of Japan’s Sanseito, a far-right Trump-loving anti-immigration party?

Mon, 2022-07-25 08:30
The Trump-loving anti-immigration party, set up in March 2020 and big on social media, seems to have already found a firm following among younger voters.
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Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts, highest alert level raised, evacuation advised

Sun, 2022-07-24 20:57
Video shows red mass flowing down one side of the volcano, with projectiles shooting out and smoke billowing. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage but police are advising some areas to evacuate.
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Singapore must arrest Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa, urges human rights group

Sun, 2022-07-24 20:20
The International Truth and Justice Project says, based on universal jurisdiction, the alleged abuses are subject to prosecution in Singapore, where former president Rajapaksa fled after months of unrest over the country’s economic crisis.
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3 dead in shooting at top Philippines university - ‘determined’ assassin had two guns

Sun, 2022-07-24 19:33
A former mayor was among those killed as she attended her daughter’s graduation. A suspect, wounded in a shoot-out, is in custody.
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Former Huawei smartphone sub-brand Honor said to withdraw team from India amid geopolitical tensions

Sun, 2022-07-24 19:00
Honor chief executive Zhao Ming told Chinese media that the company was pulling out of India for ‘obvious reasons’.
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South Korea emerges as fastest-growing arms exporter in the world

Sun, 2022-07-24 18:39
The nation hit a record high of more than US$7 billion dollars last year – it is now the eighth largest exporter globally, and Asia’s second after China. The Philippines and Indonesia are the two biggest buyers of its weapons.
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China has become more ‘aggressive and dangerous’ to US, and its allies says chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley

Sun, 2022-07-24 15:41
General Mark Milley’s comments come ahead of an Indo-Pacific defence meeting this week in Australia, where key topics will be China’s escalating military.
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Khmer Rouge survivor in the US opens up on escaping genocide in father-daughter podcast

Sun, 2022-07-24 14:00
A California-based businessman who grew up in Cambodia during Pol Pot’s regime is sharing his story in podcast helmed by his daughter.
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Ukraine war: Philippine bakeries shrink pandesal also known ‘poor man’s bread’ as inflation bites

Sun, 2022-07-24 12:32
One bakery in Manila reduced the size of a ‘pandesal’ from 35 grams to 25 grams to avoid raising the 2.50 peso (US$0.04) price. Filipinos often dunk the slightly sweet and pillowy soft pastry in their coffee.
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Political pressure is crippling efforts to stave off an economic crisis in Pakistan. Will it become the next Sri Lanka?

Sun, 2022-07-24 12:15
Political stability is central to getting Pakistan’s economy back on track and avoiding a debt default. Ousted prime minister Imran Khan is pushing for early national elections as he taps into growing public anger amid soaring prices and acute shortages of fuel, food and other essentials.
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Vietnam’s ‘coral grave’ at Nha Trang Bay a wake-up call on climate change destruction

Sun, 2022-07-24 11:00
Just 1 per cent of Vietnam’s corals are in a healthy state while the rest face multiple threats to survival, say scientists.
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Coronavirus: Japan’s daily Covid-19 cases surpass 200,000 for first time due to new Omicron variants

Sun, 2022-07-24 10:40
The 200,975 cases marked the fourth straight day of a record count during the seventh wave of coronavirus infections in the country. The new tally is roughly double the peak of the sixth wave in February.
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How the narrative of an all-powerful government hurts China’s image at home and abroad

Sun, 2022-07-24 10:15
The story of the unitary, all-powerful central government worked in the past, but it is failing to keep up with today’s complex realities. Such an oversimplified message undermines people’s confidence in tough times and provides a convenient tool for unjustified criticism of China.
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Sri Lanka’s Ranil Wickremesinghe is a schemer and the West’s stooge. Not the man to lead it out of crisis

Sun, 2022-07-24 09:00
Ranil Wickremesinghe only gained the presidency through horse-trading and with Western help, writes Kalinga Seneviratne.
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Malaysia’s Johor royals linked to forests felled for oil palm plantations without full approval

Sun, 2022-07-24 08:30
Satellite images show hundreds of hectares of trees cleared from a site in the Malaysian state by a company majority-owned by Johor’s royal family without the proper approvals.
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Thailand’s first monkeypox patient found after fleeing to Cambodia

Sun, 2022-07-24 01:02
Cambodian police found the runaway at a Phnom Penh guest house and he has since been sent to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital for medical treatment.
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10 killed at Gansu coal mine after mountain collapse, says state media

Sun, 2022-07-24 00:06
Personnel were moving around a mining site in Baiyin city ‘when a mountainside collapse occurred’ which ‘buried employees and vehicles’, said CCTV.
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Sri Lanka urged by rights groups to stop use of force after armed troops attack protesters

Sat, 2022-07-23 17:48
International human rights groups on Saturday urged the new President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, to act according to the rule of law after armed troops attacked demonstrators with batons.
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