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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......

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,......

Taiwan says may shoot down Chinese drones in South China Sea

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TAIPEI (Reuters) – Taiwan has spotted Chinese drones circling the Taipei-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea and may shoot them down if they stray too close, a government minister said on Wednesday, a move that could dramatically increase tensions with Beijing. Speaking at parliament, Lee Chung-wei, who heads......

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......

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......

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......

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,......

Thai police vow more protest arrests after nearly 100 detained

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police on Monday vowed to arrest more people participating in anti-government protests after detaining nearly 100 at a demonstration a day earlier, citing a law restricting gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus. FILE PHOTO: A pro-democracy protester flashes the three-finger salute while she is detained......

Thailand preparing for possible refugee exodus from Myanmar: PM

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FILE PHOTO: Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha at Government House, in Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2020. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa/Pool/File Photo BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday his government is preparing for a potential flood of refugees from neighbouring Myanmar. “We don’t want to have an exodus......

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......

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 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.......

Philippines tightens coronavirus curbs as cases top 7,000 for third day

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MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines will expand tighter COVID-19 rules to include four provinces surrounding the capital Manila, and restrict travel to and from these areas for two weeks beginning on Monday, as the country battles a renewed surge in infections. FILE PHOTO: A worker in a hazmat suit disinfects......

Philippine troops kill Abu Sayyaf leader, rescue Indonesian hostages

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MANILA (Reuters) – Philippine troops have killed a leader of the Abu Sayyaf kidnap-for-ransom group and rescued four Indonesian hostages held since last year, the military said on Sunday. Majan Sahidjuan, alias Apo Mike, was severely wounded in a gunbattle with the marines on Saturday night in Languyan town in......

Indonesia c.bank keeps key rates unchanged amid pressure on rupiah

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JAKARTA, March 18 (Reuters) – Indonesia’s central bank kept its main policy rates steady on Thursday, holding fire after a bout of monetary support during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the rupiah has come under pressure due to capital outflows. Bank Indonesia (BI) left the benchmark 7-day reverse repurchase rate......

France eases COVID-19 restrictions on international travel

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PARIS (Reuters) – France will ease some COVID-19 restrictions on international travel outside Europe, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The ministry said in a statement that travellers to or from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel, Japan, Britain and Singapore would no longer need a compelling reason to travel.......

Indonesia bus carrying school children plunges into ravine, killing 27

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JAKARTA (Reuters) – A bus carrying school children and some parents returning from an excursion plunged into a ravine on the Indonesian island of Java on Wednesday night, killing 27 people, the country’s transportation ministry said. The search and rescue agency said in a statement on Thursday that the driver......

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