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Myanmar’s NUG says junta placed Aung San Suu Kyi in solitary confinement to ‘embarrass’ her

Fri, 2022-06-24 17:26
The shadow government and UN denounced the military for transferring the ousted leader from house arrest to solitary confinement in prison this week.
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China’s ambassador urges new Australian government to repair ties

Fri, 2022-06-24 13:54
China’s ambassador Xiao Qian said Australia had fired the ‘first shot’ in deteriorating trade relations but that there was an opportunity to improve bilateral ties.
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Birthday giveaway: Richest Asian Gautam Adani pledges US$7.7 billion for social causes

Fri, 2022-06-24 13:37
Indian tycoon Gautam Adani, who turns 60 on Friday, joins the ranks of global billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg and Warren Buffett who have committed large parts of their wealth for philanthropy.
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North Korea approves ‘stronger war deterrent’ at key military meeting

Fri, 2022-06-24 11:00
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up a key meeting with top military officials, amid growing speculation that Pyongyang could conduct its first nuclear test in five years.
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Can Indonesia’s Jokowi breathe easy, with air pollution in Jakarta and other cities still causing tens of thousands of premature deaths?

Fri, 2022-06-24 08:30
Despite air quality in Jakarta often exceeding WHO guidelines, campaigners say the government is still not tackling pollution. It is even appealing against last year’s landmark court ruling which said air quality must be improved.
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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘in strong spirits’ after being moved from solitary confinement to prison

Fri, 2022-06-24 06:12
The Nobel laureate left the premises to attend hearings for her numerous trials in a junta court that could see her handed a sentence of more than 150 years.
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China, South Korea battle population woes as ‘children are not a must’, adding to economic peril

Fri, 2022-06-24 06:00
Japan’s shrinking population has long been an obsession, but its East Asian neighbours of South Korea and China are now facing the same problem as fertility rates, births and marriages fall, creating an economic headache for both Seoul and Beijing.
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China’s world’s factory tag threatened by Vietnam, but ‘there’s nothing to worry about’, analysts say

Fri, 2022-06-24 04:30
Vietnam’s first quarter exports reached US$88.58 billion, up by 12.9 per cent from the previous year, with Chinese state media comparing the shipments in the first three months of the year to China’s main export hub of Shenzhen.
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South China Sea: Philippines, China abandon joint energy exploration talks

Thu, 2022-06-23 21:34
‘The president [Duterte] had spoken … oil and gas discussions are terminated completely. Nothing is pending; everything is over,’ Filipino minister said.
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Malaysia: Were Mahathir’s remarks about ‘reclaiming’ Singapore and Indonesia’s Riau Islands aimed at Johor’s sultan?

Thu, 2022-06-23 20:30
While some Singaporeans accused Mahathir of fomenting ill will between the neighbours, observers in Malaysia said the remarks were likely a veiled jab at the sultan of Johor.
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Malaysia’s role pressuring Myanmar junta praised by UN human rights expert

Thu, 2022-06-23 19:03
Tom Andrews urged 10-member bloc Asean to follow Malaysia’s lead and move from non-interference to ‘non-indifference’ in Myanmar, with much more needing to be done to avoid more death and suffering.
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Okinawa wants US troops out – 77 years after bloody battle

Thu, 2022-06-23 18:03
Governor calls for further reduction of US military base as fears grow over regional military tension. The Battle of Okinawa killed about 200,000 people, nearly half of them local.
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Making a splash in the ‘mermaiding’ subculture that’s got fans hooked

Thu, 2022-06-23 17:36
People are finding peace and acceptance in the tranquil pastime, ‘Everyone can be a mermaid!’ Filipino mermaiding and free-diving teacher says.
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Bring cannabis to Indonesia and you could face death penalty, Thai embassy tells tourists

Thu, 2022-06-23 15:23
Thailand became the first Asian nation to decriminalise cannabis earlier this month. But tourists caught smuggling it into Indonesia could face the death penalty.
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Inquiry finds Australian mining firms ignored ‘horrific’ sexual assaults against women

Thu, 2022-06-23 13:55
A Western Australia government report found dozens of appalling cases of abuse of female workers at companies including BHP and Rio Tinto.
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Malaysia’s palm oil output recovery hopes dashed as fertiliser, worker shortages persist

Thu, 2022-06-23 09:58
Fertiliser prices surged over the last year on logistics snarl-ups and the Ukraine war while an intake of foreign labourers was approved, there’s a prolonged delay in getting them.
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Are Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong expats still living the dream? Burnout, stress and loneliness rife since Covid-19, survey says

Thu, 2022-06-23 09:00
Almost 12,000 expatriates around the world were interviewed, including in the Asia-Pacific region, for a well-being survey. 95 per cent of ‘top managers’ in Singapore mentioned burnout symptoms while almost half the Hong Kong respondents were planning to return home.
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How the US can help end Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

Thu, 2022-06-23 03:30
Afghanistan faces a severe food and humanitarian crisis, with deaths expected to outstrip those during the 20-year war. If the US has concerns that aid funding will leak to the Taliban, it should work with UN agencies to carry out badly needed relief activities.
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Japan raps China, Russia warships’ ‘show of force’ during Asean meeting

Thu, 2022-06-23 00:07
Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi warned against such actions, calling them ‘sabre-rattling tactics’ against his nation, and expressed concerns about Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s air zone.
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Indonesia deports Japanese Covid fraud suspect – US$7.3 million in government funds stolen

Wed, 2022-06-22 23:00
Mitsuhiro Taniguchi is accused of taking part in a fraud scheme that netted several million dollars in government funds intended for small Japanese businesses affected by coronavirus.
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