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Japan debates getting a nuclear submarine – but Kishida’s ‘not so sure’

Sun, 2022-06-19 17:30
Opposition parties have called for Japan to acquire the capability ‘to increase deterrence’ amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Chinese military assertiveness.
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From rail yoga to doga and snowga, 5,000-year-old Indian practice takes many bends and twists

Sun, 2022-06-19 16:00
Championed by everyone from celebrities to fitness coaches, today’s yoga includes rail, goat and dog yoga, which are among the latest versions of this ancient practice.
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From Australia to India, massive passenger demand sparks travel chaos

Sun, 2022-06-19 15:29
As borders reopen, travel has sprang back with such voracity that it’s resulted in an unprecedented labour crunch for the aviation industry.
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Australia to get US-made nuclear submarines by 2030, opposition leader claims

Sun, 2022-06-19 13:07
Peter Dutton said on Sunday that the United States ‘would pull out every stop’ to support Australia acquiring nuclear submarines ‘as quickly as possible’.
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Thailand’s looking to legalise same-sex unions, but will it embrace full marriage equality?

Sun, 2022-06-19 13:00
A bill that would legalise same-sex marriage won initial approval from Thai lawmakers this week despite opposition from the government, which wants civil partnerships for LGBT people instead.
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Malaysia wants to fight inflation with GST. Will it cost Ismail Sabri at the polls?

Sun, 2022-06-19 11:00
With more people needing financial aid, the Malaysian government is trying to widen its revenue sources to can boost social welfare, analysts say.
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Australia’s China bias and colonial blinkers mean it fails to see big picture for Pacific islands’ development

Sun, 2022-06-19 09:15
Canberra had chosen symbolic gestures and feeble investments over more practical initiatives now being offered by Beijing to Pacific island nations. Australia must shed its colonial mindset and stop claiming to always have the moral high ground over China.
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Will Indonesia’s Jokowi start his own political party to cement his legacy?

Sun, 2022-06-19 08:30
The president’s lobby group Projo says it may register as a political party as talk swirls of officials mulling a constitutional change to allow third terms.
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US, China talks in Luxembourg may set stage for Biden-Xi face-to-face summit

Sun, 2022-06-19 07:00
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Yang Jiechi met in Europe’s Luxembourg on Monday, the 4th in-person meeting of US-China officials in 15 months.
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Singapore’s Pink Dot gay pride rally returns, as MP from ruling party attends for first time – and in a pink T-shirt

Sat, 2022-06-18 18:53
After two years of Covid postponements, LGBT event returns, with excitement that archaic colonial-era Section 377A Penal Code law criminalising sex between men will soon be repealed.
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‘Never seen such floods in her life’: 41 dead, millions stranded in India, Bangladesh

Sat, 2022-06-18 16:54
Floods are a regular menace in low-lying Bangladesh, but experts say climate change is increasing frequency, ferocity, unpredictability.
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The way we wed: how Indian brides are reinventing ceremonies to push for gender equality

Sat, 2022-06-18 16:00
Modern brides are doing away with practices such as looking sad as they leave their families, and changing their surnames after marriage.
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Oil-producing Gulf nations are pursuing greener energy. What does this mean for Asia?

Sat, 2022-06-18 14:00
Most of Asia’s electricity needs come from oil-producing Gulf nations, which are trying to position themselves as leaders in the development of green energy.
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US, Marshall Islands to speed up economic assistance deal to counter China’s Pacific influence

Sat, 2022-06-18 11:45
US special envoy Joseph Yun and Foreign Minister Kitlang Kabua said they ‘aim to complete the Compact of Free Association talks by late fall or early winter.’
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As Japan court ruling nears, LGBT groups hope for new milestone in fight for equality

Sat, 2022-06-18 11:30
A year after a Sapporo court found the national government’s failure to recognise same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a court in Osaka is set to rule in a similar case.
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China’s Covid-19 health code system is ripe for abuse and must not outlast the pandemic

Sat, 2022-06-18 09:00
A recent scandal in Henan province that saw protesters issued bogus red health codes to restrict their movements shows how open the system is to misuse.
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Why Singapore may be edging closer to scrapping Section 377A criminalising gay sex – and what would happen if it did

Sat, 2022-06-18 08:30
Surveys show growing support for abolishing the colonial-era law that makes sex between men illegal, but other policies could be tightened to appease the city state’s conservatives if it is scrapped.
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BTS: US$3.5 million Proof album purchase shows V’s fans in China are undeterred by Beijing’s K-Culture crackdown

Sat, 2022-06-18 06:15
The group purchase of more than 170,000 copies was made on the first day of the release of BTS’ new album ‘Proof’ last week despite Beijing tightening its grip over the consumption of South Korean content and fandom culture.
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Fukushima disaster not state’s fault, Japan top court decides

Fri, 2022-06-17 23:33
Ruling leaves Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, solely responsible for slightly over US$10.5 million in damages in four lawsuits.
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G20 to raise US$1.5 billion for global pandemic fund, host Indonesia says

Fri, 2022-06-17 23:05
The money will finance efforts such as surveillance, research and better access to vaccinations for lower-to-middle income countries, health officials said. About US$1.1 billion has been pledged so far.
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