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As BTS ‘takes a break’, what does it mean for the K-pop supergroup’s future?

Tue, 2022-06-21 14:02
Looming military enlistment for the older members of BTS is creating a headache for the company behind the band. Last week’s shock announcement also leaves the group’s social justice efforts in doubt.
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Singapore seeks ‘online safety’ rules to remove or block harmful social media content

Tue, 2022-06-21 12:35
Examples of content that could be blocked reportedly include live-streamed videos of mass shootings and viral social media challenges that encourage young people to perform dangerous stunts.
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Coronavirus: Is North Korea getting ready to declare victory over Covid-19?

Tue, 2022-06-21 11:15
Pyongyang only acknowledged that it had a coronavirus outbreak last month. Yet state media claims cases are already plummeting and says just 73 people have died – a widely disputed fatality rate of 0.002 per cent, the lowest in the world.
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A new Quad? Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand eye four-way anti-China summit on sidelines of Nato meet

Tue, 2022-06-21 10:02
The envisaged meeting on the sidelines of next week’s gathering of Nato leaders in Spain is reportedly seen by the four nations as an attempt to keep an assertive China in check.
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Indonesian Islamist group Khilafatul Muslimin with ‘hundreds of thousands’ of members wants to build caliphate

Tue, 2022-06-21 09:34
A group called Khilafatul Muslimin aims to turn Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, into an Islamic caliphate, which is ‘very dangerous’ for the nation, according to the national terrorism prevention chief.
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World’s biggest freshwater fish caught by Cambodian in the Mekong River

Tue, 2022-06-21 00:07
The stingray measures almost 4 metres from snout to tail and weighs about 300kg. Scientists say it’s a hopeful sign for the waterway that faces environmental challenges.
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Japan: No marriage for gays as court upholds ban – decides it is constitutional

Mon, 2022-06-20 21:03
The District Court in Osaka rejected arguments made by three same-sex couples as part of a series of suits filed by activists seeking marriage equality.
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Rice job: Philippines’ Bongbong Marcos appoints himself agriculture chief, plans ‘impossible’ rice price slash

Mon, 2022-06-20 20:07
Marcos’ plan to slash local rice prices to 20 pesos a kg (37 cents) is ‘impossible’, agriculture economist said Though not unprecedented, it is unusual for a Philippines president to hold a post in their own cabinet.
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Airlines restoring flights faster than planned to meet demand

Mon, 2022-06-20 19:21
Seats on international flights are about 90 per cent full, and daily services between Sydney and London via Singapore on the Airbus superjumbo are fully booked for weeks. ‘There’s massive demand’, Qantas CEO said.
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Should Philippines’ Marcos be ‘on guard’ as Sara Duterte is sworn in early, meets China envoy?

Mon, 2022-06-20 19:00
The VP-elect’s move to take her oath 11 days early, in a ceremony attended by diplomats including China’s ambassador, shows she remains a ‘force’ beyond her office, analysts say.
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East China Sea tensions: Will fresh Sino-Japan talks over Beijing’s gas drilling end in deadlock again?

Mon, 2022-06-20 18:41
Senior Japanese diplomat Takehiro Funakoshi, will meet Hong Liang, who oversees Beijing’s border and ocean affairs, in first high-level contact on the issue in months, with ‘little likelihood’ of either backing down.
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Indonesia looks to Singapore to offload its surplus chickens

Mon, 2022-06-20 17:02
Indonesia produces 55 million to 60 million chickens per week and currently has a surplus. Singapore has been scrambling to find alternative supply sources since Malaysia restricted poultry exports.
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Fears for judo’s future in Japan as bullied, burnt-out children quit in droves

Mon, 2022-06-20 15:53
Corporal punishment, pressure to lose weight and a brutal win-at-all costs mentality are driving large numbers of children to quit judo in Japan, raising fears for the sport’s future in its traditional powerhouse.
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Three generations of Filipino-New Zealand family killed in ‘shocking’ crash

Mon, 2022-06-20 15:03
The family were travelling home to Auckland when their Toyota Hiace van hit a truck and was almost completely destroyed. Seven people, including a ‘young Taiwanese’ woman’s baby, died.
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Filipino lawyer shot dead while on US holiday with mother: ‘I will bring him home soon in a box’

Mon, 2022-06-20 12:07
John Albert Laylo, a lawyer for the Philippine government, was heading to the airport in Philadelphia with his mother when his Uber was stopped at a red light at around 4.10am on Saturday. He was shot in the back of the head.
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Australian PM Albanese should demand US drops prosecution of Julian Assange, ex-minister urges

Mon, 2022-06-20 11:07
A former Australian foreign minister has called for newly elected Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to demand that the United States drop its prosecution of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
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Burger King Japan swaps French fries for ramen after running low on potatoes

Mon, 2022-06-20 09:36
The fast food chain has started selling what it calls the ‘almost-potato set’, featuring a burger and a side of crunchy ramen noodles. Some customers aren’t too thrilled about the switch.
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Will Malaysia see a fresh influx of Rohingya refugees as life in Bangladesh, Myanmar gets worse?

Mon, 2022-06-20 08:00
Over 600 Rohingya were arrested trying to reach Malaysia in the past seven months – and activists say desperate conditions in Myanmar and Bangladesh are forcing more to risk the perilous sea voyage.
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Philippines: Duterte’s daughter Sara sworn in early as vice-president

Sun, 2022-06-19 20:25
Sara Duterte-Carpio’s six-year term with President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jnr does not officially start until June 30, when he will be inaugurated. Marcos was at Sunday’s swearing in event, as was current leader President Rodrigo Duterte.
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Japan: 5.2 magnitude earthquake hits west coast’s Ishikawa, ‘no tsunami threat’

Sun, 2022-06-19 17:31
The quake struck a few minutes after 3pm local time Sunday. The government was gathering information but said initial reports indicated no major damage and nuclear facilities were operating normally.
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