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Myanmar activists vow week of protests during new year holidays

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists pledged on Tuesday to hold a series of protests this week to maintain pressure on military rulers during the country’s most important holiday of the year. The five-day New Year holidays, known as Thingyan, are usually celebrated with prayers, ritual cleaning of Buddha images in......

Eyes on next generation as Singapore succession is thrown into question

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By Aradhana Aravindan, Chen Lin SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s typically staid politics has been unsettled by an announcement from the chosen successor for prime minister that he was taking himself out of the running, renewing questions over the city-state’s leadership planning. FILE PHOTO: A ship docks at Keppel terminal in......

Malaysia’s Axiata, DiGi.Com shares suspend trading ahead of ‘material announcement’

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KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s Axiata Group Bhd and DiGi.Com Bhd suspended trading of their shares on Thursday, pending a “material announcement”, both telecommunication companies said in exchange filings. Last month, local newspaper The Star reported citing sources that talks have resumed between Telenor ASA, the largest shareholder in DiGi.Com,......

Bangkok to close 196 nightlife venues amid new coronavirus cluster

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FILE PHOTO: Night clubs and go-go bars street Soi Cowboy is seen empty after Thai government ordered the closure of cinemas, bars and other entertainment facilities as part of a raft of measures intended to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand March 18, 2020.......

Myanmar protesters defy military as internet curbs test resolve

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(Reuters) – Demonstrators in Myanmar held protests demanding the restoration of Aung San Suu Kyi government on Monday and called for more coordinated nationwide dissent, defying the military’s moves to suppress attempts to rally opposition to its two-month rule. FILE PHOTO: Villagers attend a protest against the military coup, in......

Floods, landslides kill dozens in Indonesia and East Timor

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – Flash floods unleashed by torrential heavy rains early on Sunday killed 23 people on Indonesia’s island of Flores, injuring nine while five went missing, as the tiny neighbouring nation of East Timor reported eight deaths. At least 49 families were hit on Flores in the east of......

Vietnam asks for foreign support in procuring COVID-19 vaccines

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HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has appealed to diplomats from the United States, European Union and Japan to help it secure supplies of COVID-19 vaccines, as part of efforts to acquire the 150 million doses needed to cover its adult population. FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a vaccine as Vietnam starts......

Australia calls on Myanmar military to release Australian economic adviser

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia called on Friday for Myanmar’s ruling military to immediately release an Australian economic adviser to the deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been detained for two months. Sean Turnell, a professor of economics at Macquarie University in Sydney who has been advising Suu Kyi......

Indonesia expands tax breaks for sales of bigger cars

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JAKARTA, April 2 (Reuters) – Indonesia has expanded its tax breaks on car sales to include more types of vehicles, the country’s finance ministry said, in a bid to accelerate economic recovery and aid its manufacturing industry. “The government sees that stimulus for the middle class has big potential to......

Myanmar pots ring out for CNN crew escorted by army

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(Reuters) – People in Myanmar’s main city, Yangon, banged pots and pans on Wednesday in a show of defiance against the ruling junta during a visit to Yangon by a news crew from CNN travelling in a heavily armed convoy. Opponents of the army’s Feb. 1 coup voiced concern that......

Indonesia recovers cockpit voice recorder of crashed Sriwijaya Air jet

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FILE PHOTO: A family member of the passenger of Sriwijaya Air flight SJ 182, which crashed into the sea, mourns while visiting the site of the crash to pay their tribute, on the deck of Indonesia’s Naval ship KRI Semarang, at the sea off the Jakarta coast, Indonesia, January 22,......

RPT-Large fire at Indonesia’s Balongan oil refinery in West Java – media

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(Repeats to more subscribers) March 29 (Reuters) – A large fire has broken out at the Balongan oil refinery operated by Indonesia’s state owned oil and gas company, PT Pertamina, media reports said on Monday. The fire started just after midnight on Sunday evening, news portal Detik.com reported. Unverified videos......

Indonesia president condemns church attack as “terrorism”

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FILE PHOTO: Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures during an interview with Reuters at the presidential palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 13, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian president Joko Widodo strongly condemned a suspected suicide bomb attack outside a church that wounded 14 people in the city of Makassar......

Indonesia police: one killed in church bombing was the attacker

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – The one person killed in the church bombing in the Indonesian city of Makassar in South Sulawesi was suspected to be the attacker, the provincial police chief Merdisyam told reporters. Nine others were hurt in the blast, he added, while the police categorised the bombing as “high......

Vietnam sees foreign investment rise to $4.1 billion in first quarter

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FILE PHOTO: Women work at Hung Viet garment export factory in Hung Yen province, Vietnam December 30, 2020. REUTERS/Kham HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam received $4.1 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first three months of 2021, up 6.5% from a year earlier, government data showed on Saturday. FDI......

Indonesia sees vaccination slowdown as India delays shipments

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By Agustinus Beo Da Costa JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia expects a slowdown in COVID-19 inoculations next month as India delays shipments of AstraZeneca vaccines, its health minister said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: A woman receives a dose of AstraZeneca coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during a mass vaccination program for Green......

Myanmar sees more protests as World Bank warns of economic slump

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(Reuters) – Myanmar anti-coup protesters staged more rallies on Friday after the military reportedly shot dead nine people a day earlier and as the World Bank warned the country’s economy could slump 10% this year due to the turmoil. University students and LGBT groups march against the ongoing coup in......

U.S. blacklists two Myanmar military-controlled companies: U.S. Treasury

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FILE PHOTO: Firecrackers explode as protestors take cover behind a barricade during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, Myanmar March 21, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday sanctioned two conglomerates controlled by Myanmar’s military following the generals’ Feb. 1 coup and deadly crackdown, according......

Myanmar anti-coup activists plan new street protests after paralysing strike

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(Reuters) – Myanmar pro-democracy activists plan to resume street demonstrations on Thursday, a day after a nationwide silent strike saw businesses shut and people stay at home in protest against military rule in the Southeast Asian country. Protesters release red balloons during a protest against the military coup in Yangon,......

Myanmar army to retain internet curbs to ensure rule of law, stability

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FILE PHOTO: Myanmar’s military spokesman General Zaw Min Tun attends a news conference in Naypyitaw, Myanmar February 16, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer (Reuters) – Myanmar’s military rulers have no immediate plans to lift restrictions on the internet because violence in the country is being provoked online, a junta spokesman said on Tuesday.......

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