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Cash-strapped Pakistan scores IMF financial aid win – but millions of people may face ruin, analysts say

Wed, 2022-06-22 20:53
Analysts say energy price hikes after renewal of IMF support package may push many more people into poverty and wreak havoc among 5.2 million small and medium-sized businesses.
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Malaysia’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob unveils more handouts for low-income families as Najib, Anwar take aim at rising prices

Wed, 2022-06-22 20:01
Payments will be disbursed along with 1.11 billion ringgit to be handed out in the second of four tranches of direct aid budgeted for this year. Announcement came hours after the opposition threatened a mass demonstration.
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Singapore’s Covid-19 infections rise amid new subvariants but no change to rules – although health ministry urges boosters

Wed, 2022-06-22 18:50
While there’s strong immunity, government is reminding people, particularly over 60s, that jab number 3 hugely reduces risk of death or serious illness.
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Myanmar minister joins Asean defence meeting as junta shifts Suu Kyi trial to prison

Wed, 2022-06-22 18:31
More than 600 civic groups appealed against inviting General Mya Tun Oo, accusing him of complicity in violence by Myanmar’s military as it seeks to crush opposition to its seizure of power last year from the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi.
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Hong Kong to include Korean in DSE university entrance exam from 2025 amid K-Culture boom

Wed, 2022-06-22 17:16
Hong Kong’s testing authority will allow students to submit scores from the Test of Proficiency in Korean in the foreign language category of the city’s university entrance exam starting from 2025.
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US$3 billion tax bill for Philippines’ Marcos family will be collected vows new chief – 30 years after dictator’s death

Wed, 2022-06-22 17:06
Lilia Guillermo says there is no doubt the controversial tax liability will be collected, but needs documents ascertaining amount. Marcos family have owed the tax for more than 30 years since the death of dictator Ferdinand Senior.
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US bans use of anti-personnel landmines everywhere – except the Korean peninsula

Wed, 2022-06-22 15:39
The announcement comes after years of criticism by human rights groups that the US had refused to adopt an international treaty banning the deadly devices. Russia is among the countries that haven’t agreed to the ban on landmines.
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Reef shark rescued from Singapore oil refinery

Wed, 2022-06-22 14:09
Shell plc said it would be taking action ‘to enhance preventive measures’ at its seawater intake areas. A sea turtle got stuck in the same intake bay in 2017.
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Filipino lawyer shot dead in US was ‘a case of mistaken identity’, official says

Wed, 2022-06-22 14:03
Philadelphia’s mayor expressed shock and sorrow over the killing of John Albert Laylo at the weekend and is offering a US$20,000 reward for information that will lead to the arrest of the shooter.
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Coronavirus: Hong Kong tour group heads to Japan for the first time in more than 2 years after Tokyo eases Covid rules

Wed, 2022-06-22 13:46
Ten travellers join seven-day trip organised by EGL Tours, which had previously pushed back the departure date from June 11 to June 15 and then to Wednesday.
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Why Asia wants more nuclear weapons – thanks to Russia’s war in Ukraine

Wed, 2022-06-22 11:31
Security experts say the daily example of Russia tearing apart non-nuclear Ukraine is pushing Asia’s non-nuclear states to consider getting their own weapons – or hosting US ones.
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Indonesian artists’ ‘anti-Semitic’ work removed from German show after upsetting Israel

Wed, 2022-06-22 10:02
The large installation by Taring Padi, titled ‘People’s Justice’, showed a soldier with the face of a pig, wearing a neckerchief with a Star of David and a helmet inscribed with the word ‘Mossad’. Israel’s embassy in Berlin said it was ‘appalled by the anti-Semitic elements’.
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Japan’s Kishida says talks with China key to regional peace amid rising maritime tensions

Wed, 2022-06-22 07:30
He emphasised the need to ‘maintain stable and constructive relations’ between Tokyo and Beijing as the latter steps up military activity in the East China Sea.
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From Indonesia to Pacific, women less likely to have 2 Covid-19 vaccine shots than men

Wed, 2022-06-22 07:01
Women have borne the brunt of hardship two years after the pandemic, a new UN report shows.
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Singapore and South Korea report first monkeypox cases

Wed, 2022-06-22 06:50
The patient in Singapore is a British man who works as a flight attendant and had flown in and out of the country this month; South Korea is seeking to confirm two suspected infections.
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Syed Saddiq faced ‘pressure’ by Malaysia’s PPBM, his parents say during corruption trial

Tue, 2022-06-21 21:20
Parents of the former youth minister, who was sacked from PPBM for objecting to the party’s defection in 2020, say he is a ‘political victim’.
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North Korean imports of Chinese soybeans surge as coronavirus outbreak ramps up food shortage fears

Tue, 2022-06-21 20:15
North Korea is facing a potentially dire food situation this year, which has been exacerbated by disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In May, its monthly imports of Chinese soybeans surged.
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South Korea successfully launches home-grown Nuri space rocket after failed attempt last year

Tue, 2022-06-21 18:54
South Korea became the seventh country in the world to put a satellite weighing more than a tonne into orbit in a boost for its space ambitions.
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Singapore unveils US$1 billion package as cost of living rises amid inflation, Ukraine war

Tue, 2022-06-21 16:13
Adult Singaporeans earning below S$34,000 (US$24,500) a year will receive S$300 in cash in August, and every household will get S$100 to offset utilities.
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Bangladesh, India scramble to help 9 million people hit by ‘worst floods in 122 years’

Tue, 2022-06-21 15:39
Hundreds of thousands of people have been moved to shelters, but at least 9 million are still stranded near their inundated homes. More than 50 people have been killed across both nations.
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