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Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

Asean wary of being used as pawn in Washington-Beijing jostling

[Singapore] Despite the personal rapport between Donald Trump and Xi Jing-ping, Sino-US rivalry has been escalating over trade, technology, and security issues. As Trump puts it: “I am President of United States and Xi is President of China”. National interest trumps friendship. And the businessman-turned-politician has made it clear that in the contest for supremacy, America must […]

Indonesia Vision 2019-2024

Indonesia Vision 2019-2024

After being declared the winner of the general election by the General Election Commission, the pair Joko Widodo (Jokowi) – Ma’ruf Amin delivered a speech on Indonesia’s vision 2019-2024. President Jokowi’s speech was not as usual. This time it was no longer stale and it immediately stabbed on the fundamental problems of the Indonesian nation. […]

Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

Singapore editor Balji launches tell-all book

[Singapore] A new book has shed more light on how Singapore’s authoritarian leader Lee Kuan Yew rapped the knuckles of independent-minded journalists whom he deemed to have failed to toe the official line. In his memoir, The Reluctant Editor- The Singapore Media as Seen Through the Eyes of a Veteran Newspaper Journalist -, P.N. Balji shared […]

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

July 14th was the 4th anniversary of The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It is known as the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran, the P5+1, and the European Union. Rohani government reached the agreement after 23 months of breathless dialogue and diplomacy. Political critics believed that […]

Pakistan: 36.9% of people experience food insecurity

Pakistan: 36.9% of people experience food insecurity

[Islamabad]  The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) says the 36.9 percent of the population experience food insecurity. Alarmingly, among them, the 18.3% face “severe” food insecurity. In its third quarterly report on the state of the economy, released Monday, the SBP noted provincial disparities in terms of food security. Only 63.1% of the country’s households are “food secure”, […]

An earthquake in Bali

An earthquake in Bali

An earthquake of 6.0 magnitude struck off Indonesia’s Bali Island earlier on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 7.18 WIB. The epicenter of this earthquake is in 83 southwest Nusa Dua, a depth of 104 kilometers. Although it does not have the potential for a tsunami, the earthquake has a unique mechanism, namely a combination of […]

BTS makes Time’s list of 25 most influential people on internet

BTS makes Time’s list of 25 most influential people on internet

K-pop superstars BTS has made it on Time magazine’s list of the 25 Most Influential People on the Internet for the third year in a row. The K-pop septet was among the 25 people the U.S. magazine unveiled Tuesday (U.S. time) for this year, which included U.S. President Donald Trump, American musicians Ariana Grande and […]

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ poised to debut at No. 1 in South Korea

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ poised to debut at No. 1 in South Korea

Disney’s latest movie, “The Lion King,” is expected to dominate the South Korean box office as it accounted for about 70 percent of all advance ticket sales on the first day of its release, data showed Wednesday. The film had sold more than 337,000 presale tickets as of 1:50 p.m., according to the data from […]

Malaysians’ voting eligibility age lowered to 18

Malaysians’ voting eligibility age lowered to 18

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysian youths are set to contribute more towards strengthening democracy and shaping the nation once changes to the Constitution to lower the voting age from the current 21 years old to 18 years old are approved. The second reading of the amendment bill was tabled in Parliament by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad […]

Moon warns Japan will suffer more damage from export curbs against S. Korea

Moon warns Japan will suffer more damage from export curbs against S. Korea

President Moon Jae-in on Monday vowed not to succumb to Japan’s economic pressure, warning that the neighboring country will suffer greater economic damage should their trade stand-off continue. He stressed that Tokyo’s tougher export restrictions, which target firms here, will be counterproductive and eventually backfire due to the “united power” of all South Korean people. […]

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