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Pakistan’s Imran Khan may yet unseat Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister. But not without the military’s help

Sat, 2022-07-23 16:00
A shock by-election win for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the heartland of his political rivals has raised the prospect of a swift return to power – but he’d need the military’s help.
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Japan may not allow Russia’s Putin to attend Shinzo Abe’s state funeral: report

Sat, 2022-07-23 14:47
Tokyo is considering refusing Putin’s participation at the September 27 event because his entry to the country has been effectively banned after Russia invaded Ukraine.
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How a plastics ban turned Siquijor into a zero-waste island in the Philippines

Sat, 2022-07-23 14:00
Businesses and locals on Siquijor have learned to live without plastic after an ordinance was issued in an effort to improve its waste management problem.
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What is foot and mouth disease and will it hurt Australian beef supply?

Sat, 2022-07-23 13:23
The highly contagious virus that affects cattle is often spread by humans via their shoes, clothes and luggage – and particles can even live in people’s noses.
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Why South Korea’s Quad overtures are falling on deaf ears

Sat, 2022-07-23 11:15
South Korea’s new president has ambitions for his country as a ‘global pivotal state’ and is courting closer defence ties with the West. But the Biden administration is wary of letting South Korea join the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, which could worsen relations with China.
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Are YouTuber’s videos of North Korean parties ‘daily life’ or ‘propaganda’?

Sat, 2022-07-23 11:00
Zoe Discovers wants to showcase daily North Korean life, and counter the Western narrative that recycles the same stark photos and catchphrases about the totalitarian state.
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Corrupt officials keep forcing China to raise the bar for death penalties as it ‘scrapes poison off the bone’

Sat, 2022-07-23 09:00
Embezzling several thousand yuan was once enough to trigger capital punishment, but Lai Xiaomin’s execution last year for taking more than US$260 million seems to have set a new minimum.
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Why do Singapore and Malaysia have a more favourable view of China than the US?

Sat, 2022-07-23 08:30
The two Southeast Asian states were outliers in a poll in which 25,000 respondents from 19 countries held mostly unfavourable views of Beijing.
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Myanmar genocide case can proceed, top UN court rules as it throws out all junta’s objections

Fri, 2022-07-22 23:29
The International Court of Justice in The Hague dismissed Myanmar’s objections to a case filed by the west African nation of Gambia in 2019 – but it could take years before a final judgment is reached.
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Thai police search for missing monkeypox patient on Phuket holiday island

Fri, 2022-07-22 21:02
The 27-year-old Nigerian, confirmed as having the country’s first case of the disease, has been missing since Tuesday evening – officials are trying to trace people who might have been in contact.
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Indonesian law targeting ‘disturbing’ online posts harms free speech, data privacy: critics

Fri, 2022-07-22 19:30
Advocates of human rights and free speech fear further crackdowns on data privacy, freedom of speech as companies comply with regulations to gain a foothold in Southeast Asia’s largest digital economy.
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South Korea restores military drills once reduced to help Trump – gets tough with North Korea, bolsters ties with US

Fri, 2022-07-22 18:18
Trump’s meetings with Kim Jong-un led to no concrete steps to wind down North Korea’s nuclear programme, which only grew in strength and size as the diplomacy fizzled out.
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Japan outlines concerns over increased China-Russia cooperation amid Ukraine war

Fri, 2022-07-22 17:00
While Japan anticipates growing military and political cooperation between Russia and China, one expert describes them as ‘dating out of convenience, but not getting married’.
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Japan regulator says release of treated Fukushima water can go ahead, locals and China worried

Fri, 2022-07-22 16:58
Operator TEPCO faces resistance from fishing communities worried consumers will once again shun their products if the water is released – there has also been also criticism from neighbours China and South Korea.
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Taxpayer-funded state funeral for Japan’s Shinzo Abe triggers protests

Fri, 2022-07-22 13:13
The government was also accused of using the September 27 event to make political capital of Abe’s death and cement his legacy.
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Ukraine war could deepen China-Russia military ties, Japan defence white paper says

Fri, 2022-07-22 10:45
The annual report said a stronger defence collaboration between Beijing and Moscow could make for a ‘direct impact’ on the security environment surrounding Japan.
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East Timor’s President Jose Ramos-Horta hopes Indonesia will aid ‘symbolic’ Asean entry in 2023

Fri, 2022-07-22 10:32
East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta met with Indonesia’s leader this week to boost trade ties and reiterated his hopes for the country’s inclusion into Asean. Indonesia is next year’s chair of the regional bloc.
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Sri Lanka economic crisis: security forces demolish protest camp, assault activists

Fri, 2022-07-22 09:22
Troops armed with automatic assault rifles swooped in on protesters blocking the Presidential Secretariat hours before they were due to vacate the area.
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Australia is risking its own neck for the US in the South China Sea – has it stopped to ask why?

Fri, 2022-07-22 08:45
Australia echoes US arguments about freedom of navigation and mimics American surveillance activities in the South China Sea, while claiming it acts in its own interests. Yet it must ask itself: how does provoking a possible military conflict serve the country or region?
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India elects Droupadi Murmu as president, its first from a tribal community

Fri, 2022-07-22 05:00
The lawmaker from Modi’s BJP will also be the country’s second-ever woman to hold the largely ceremonial position.
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