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What does the war in Ukraine means for Asia's climate goals
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What does the war in Ukraine means for Asia's climate goals

Most Asian countries are prioritizing energy security, sometimes over their climate goals. For rich countries like South Korea or Japan, this means forays into nuclear energy. For the enormous energy needs of China and India it implies relying on dirty coal power in the short term

Xi Jinping to meet Vladimir Putin next week: Why the Chinese president's trip to Central Asia is important
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Xi Jinping to meet Vladimir Putin next week: Why the Chinese president's trip to Central Asia is important

Chinese president Xi Jinping will attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Uzbekistan, where he will meet with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The two last met in Beijing in January, just weeks before Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Top WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse; put 'on leave'
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Top WHO director in Asia accused of racism, abuse; put 'on leave'

Dr Takeshi Kasai's removal comes months after an investigation revealed that dozens of staffers accused him of racist, abusive and unethical behaviour that undermined the UN agency's efforts to stop the coronavirus pandemic in Asia

China property crisis: Yang Huiyan, Asia's richest woman, loses half her wealth
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China property crisis: Yang Huiyan, Asia's richest woman, loses half her wealth

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Huiyan's net worth plunge by more than 52 per cent to $11.3 billion from $23.7 billion a year ago

Explained: Why Singapore is facing a chicken rice crisis
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Explained: Why Singapore is facing a chicken rice crisis

The tiny city-state of Singapore imports nearly all of its chicken – a third of that from Malaysia, which has banned exports in a bid to curb food inflation

Afghanistan's Taliban launch campaign to eradicate poppy cultivation
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Afghanistan's Taliban launch campaign to eradicate poppy cultivation

The Taliban, who took power in Afghanistan more than nine months ago, issued an edict in early April banning poppy cultivation throughout the country

East and Southeast Asia hit ominous drug peak; more than one billion pills seized
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East and Southeast Asia hit ominous drug peak; more than one billion pills seized

The drugs are largely consumed in Southeast Asia but also exported to New Zealand and Australia, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan in East Asia, and increasingly to South Asia

US President Joe Biden, South Korea's Yoon Suk Yeol to consult on how to check North Korea's nuclear threat
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US President Joe Biden, South Korea's Yoon Suk Yeol to consult on how to check North Korea's nuclear threat

As part of a five-day visit in Asia, Joe Biden is focusing on his relationship with the new South Korean leader Yoon Suk Yeol

US president Joe Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home
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US president Joe Biden in Asia: New friends, old tensions, storms at home

The US president hopes to use his six-day Asia visit to confirm his belief that long-standing friendships can afford to become even friendlier — and pay dividends

US intelligence says there's 'genuine possibility' that North Korea may conduct missile test as Joe Biden visits Asia
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US intelligence says there's 'genuine possibility' that North Korea may conduct missile test as Joe Biden visits Asia

North Korea in recent months has test-launched a spate of missiles in what experts call an attempt to modernise its weapons and pressure its rivals to accept the country as a nuclear state and relax their sanctions

Ukraine crisis could be 'wake-up' call for Europe to also look at developments in Asia, says Jaishankar
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Ukraine crisis could be 'wake-up' call for Europe to also look at developments in Asia, says Jaishankar

S Jaishankar said India has been pressing for an urgent cessation of fighting and a return to the path of diplomacy and dialogue.

Oil prices up as traders weigh demand and supply issues linked to COVID-19 lockdown in China
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Oil prices up as traders weigh demand and supply issues linked to COVID-19 lockdown in China

Markets in Asia were largely up, with Japan's Nikkei 225 gaining over a per cent in early trade, with brokers staying optimistic over a falling yen for a third straight day

Saudi Arabia to allow one million hajj pilgrims, both foreign and domestic, this year
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Saudi Arabia to allow one million hajj pilgrims, both foreign and domestic, this year

Those coming from outside Saudi Arabia will be required to submit a negative Covid-19 PCR result from a test taken within 72 hours of travel.

COVID-19 pandemic far from over, large outbreaks in Asia, says UN chief Guterres
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COVID-19 pandemic far from over, large outbreaks in Asia, says UN chief Guterres

Guterres also called for governments and pharma companies to work together to deliver vaccines to every person, everywhere

Sri Lanka's fuel pumps may go dry by April end; India's $500 million credit line exhausting rapidly
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Sri Lanka's fuel pumps may go dry by April end; India's $500 million credit line exhausting rapidly

The public anger has prompted nearly all Cabinet ministers to quit, and scores of lawmakers to leave President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's government.

Sri Lanka appoints advisory panel to help resolve growing debt crisis, engage with IMF
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Sri Lanka appoints advisory panel to help resolve growing debt crisis, engage with IMF

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa is yet to appoint a new minister of finance. The country's Finance Minister Ali Sabry on Tuesday resigned, a day after the President appointed him after sacking his brother

China’s third-quarter growth slows to 4.9%, power shortage, slowdown in property sector add to woe
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China’s third-quarter growth slows to 4.9%, power shortage, slowdown in property sector add to woe

Louis Kuijs of Oxford Economics said in a report that “ugly growth numbers” in coming months are likely to prompt Beijing to ease lending controls

ICC's new prosecutor to deprioritise probe into US crimes in Afghanistan, focus on Islamist groups
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ICC's new prosecutor to deprioritise probe into US crimes in Afghanistan, focus on Islamist groups

Amnesty International campaigner Samira Hamidi said a US drone strike days before the pullout wiped out 10 members of an Afghan family shows that the ICC "needs to revisit this decision"

Afghanistan dominates SCO talks: Highlights of who said what at Dushanbe summit
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Afghanistan dominates SCO talks: Highlights of who said what at Dushanbe summit

Members of the China and Russia-led Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Friday endorsed Iran's future membership of the bloc that already includes South Asian rivals India and Pakistan

China nukes NATO call to join nuclear arms control talks, cites bare minimum for 'national security'
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China nukes NATO call to join nuclear arms control talks, cites bare minimum for 'national security'

NATO is urging China to join international efforts to limit the spread of nuclear weapons amid concerns that the country is rapidly developing missiles capable of carrying atomic warheads