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Who is Louise Araneta-Marcos, the Philippines’ new first lady?

Mon, 2022-06-27 12:02
Louise Araneta-Marcos is widely believed to have been the architect of husband Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jnr’s campaign for the top job.
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Australia hosts ‘historic’ Nasa launch – first from commercial site outside US

Mon, 2022-06-27 11:02
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hailed the launch as the start of a ‘new era’ for the country’s space industry.
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China’s education crackdown spurs Japan moves for international schools

Mon, 2022-06-27 10:01
British institutions Harrow, Rugby School and Malvern College are betting that scions of wealthy Chinese families will be lured by Japan’s proximity, low Covid-19 rates and fewer restrictions on education.
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Indonesia ‘democracy, human rights at risk’ as row over criminal code heats up

Mon, 2022-06-27 08:30
Talks between the government and an alliance of legal and civil liberties groups to discuss the new draft criminal code have stumbled.
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‘We have nothing’ say survivors of deadly earthquake now facing disease outbreak

Sun, 2022-06-26 18:13
There is a desperate need for clean water – cholera outbreaks in the aftermath are of particular and serious concern – after at least 1,000 people were killed, 2,000 injured and 10,000 homes destroyed in the devastating earthquake.
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Netflix hit RRR starring Jnr NTR shows India’s Telugu films are no longer in Bollywood’s shadow

Sun, 2022-06-26 16:30
Indian regional cinema and its Telugu, Tamil films accounted for some 47 per cent of the country’s film revenue in 2019.
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Ukraine war: Indonesia’s Jokowi says he will urge Putin to order immediate ceasefire during Moscow meeting

Sun, 2022-06-26 15:25
The Indonesian president will meet the leaders of Ukraine and Russia during next week’s peace-building mission to the warring countries.
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Pakistan loves chai so much, it may need to export green tea to fund its addiction

Sun, 2022-06-26 14:00
Tea is deeply entrenched across gender and social classes in Pakistan, even as the country explores non-import alternatives like herbal and green tea.
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India’s cryptocurrency market was enjoying a ‘golden age’, but now it’s in a mess

Sun, 2022-06-26 12:50
With token prices plummeting and customers unable to transfer money to their accounts, major exchanges like WazirX and Unocoin are feeling the squeeze.
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As Australia eyes closer ties with Indonesia, Hazara refugees hope for immigration change

Sun, 2022-06-26 11:00
Waiting to be resettled to a third country after fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, they hope PM Albanese’s new government may ease Australia’s strict refugee policies
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Singapore lures new wave of Chinese investors eyeing good schools, stability

Sun, 2022-06-26 08:30
The city has tightened its Global Investor Programme rules over the years, such as requiring applicants to manage firms with revenues of S$200 million, but interest continues to be strong.
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How’s the China-India economic relationship changed 2 years on from the deadly Galwan Valley border clash?

Sat, 2022-06-25 20:00
China’s exports to India grew to US$27.1 billion in the first quarter of 2022, but India is concerned by its ballooning trade deficit with its neighbour amid strained ties two years after the deadly Galwan Valley clash.
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Chinese engineering firm builds Bangladesh longest bridge - but paid for by nation

Sat, 2022-06-25 19:47
The China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd built the structure, said to later feature a rail network connecting to Belt and Road projects.
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USS Samuel B Roberts: world’s deepest shipwreck found in the Philippine Sea

Sat, 2022-06-25 15:03
The vessel, which went down during a second world war battle with Japan, was located 6,895m below sea level off the Philippines.
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Why is a South Korean fringe group backing Japan’s position on WWII ‘comfort women’?

Sat, 2022-06-25 14:00
End Comfort Women Fraud group, who say there’s evidence of women signing contracts to work in brothels for Japanese military during colonial rule, are travelling to Germany, hoping a statue of a ‘comfort woman’ can be removed.
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US, Japan and allies form new Pacific group to blunt China’s influence

Sat, 2022-06-25 12:35
Australia, New Zealand and the UK are also part of the Partners in the Blue Pacific forum that will help Pacific island nations tackle challenges like climate change.
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Philippines’ Duterte leaves brutal legacy in presidency marked by drug war, US-China policy flip-flops

Sat, 2022-06-25 11:00
The extrajudicial killings of some 8,000 people has ‘opened the floodgates for a type of governance that disregards the rule of law, due process and human rights’, activists say.
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Hong Kong’s Asian expats still see city as a ‘land of opportunities’

Sat, 2022-06-25 08:30
Amid a Western exodus, expats from Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand share why they remain confident in the city’s future – even if Covid curbs are a major turn-off.
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Indonesian bar faces blasphemy heat after free drinks for Muhammad promo backfires

Sat, 2022-06-25 07:30
In a now-deleted post, the Holywings bar offered a free bottle of gin for men named Muhammad and women named Maria every Thursday if they showed their ID cards.
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Malaysia 1MDB scandal: Blow for Najib as court allows co-accused Arul Kanda to testify against him in trial

Fri, 2022-06-24 19:40
The former 1MDB boss will appear as a prosecution witness in the audit tampering trial involving the disgraced leader.
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