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Australia's Wallabies sing anthem in indigenous language
December 5, 2020
Australia's rugby team sang in a First Nations language for the first time at an international event.
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Steady trend for trade in services
December 3, 2020
China’s trade in services shrank in the first 10 months but posted a more steady trend, with the trade deficit further narrowing, according to the Ministry of Commerce.
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Japan’s celebrities juggle private lives with public expectation
December 5, 2020
A U.S. survey has found 69% of Japanese respondents believe extramarital affairs are unforgivable.
Consumers seek to enjoy a creative Christmas online amid COVID-19
December 5, 2020
Staying home for Christmas doesn't have to equate with being bored and lonely.
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Jute bag supply backlog over 3 lakh bales
December 5, 2020
With the kharif crop procurement being affected due to shortage of gunny bags, the West Bengal government has urged the jute regulator to take action against mills which are deliberately not clearing the supply backlog of the food packaging material.
Sony to shut a Malaysia factory, consolidate facilities
December 5, 2020
Sony Corp will close a factory in Malaysia next year to consolidate its operations in its other plant in the state for efficiency, the Japanese electronics giant said on Saturday. The company told Reuters in an email that it always takes into account market conditions, business growth potential and other factors, as part of a continuous review of its investments and business operations.
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Japan's Hayabusa2 Asteroid Journey Ends With a Hunt in Australia's Outback
December 5, 2020
The Hayabusa2 mission cements Japan’s role in exploring the solar system, but finding its asteroid cargo presents one last challenge.
As Refugees, Their Options Were Limited. Others Saw a Profit.
December 5, 2020
Even after decades in Thailand, Kayan women who fled Myanmar make their living from their traditional neck rings. But that’s changing.
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Why India’s farmers are in revolt in the middle of a pandemic
December 4, 2020
Farmers have blocked roads into Delhi to protest moves to deregulate the agricultural sector.
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Journalist Maria Ressa on holding President Duterte to account
December 5, 2020
The founder of the Filipino news website Rappler now has eight arrest warrants against her — but keeps on fighting the government
Journalist Maria Ressa on holding President Duterte to account
December 5, 2020
The founder of the Filipino news website Rappler now has eight arrest warrants against her — but keeps on fighting the government
Deadline passes for ByteDance to restructure TikTok
December 5, 2020
Chinese group remains in talks on short video app’s status in the US
FTSE drops 8 Chinese groups from indices after Trump order
December 5, 2020
Ban on investment by US citizens triggers index reshuffle
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Here’s how worried you should be about your stake in Alibaba, now that the U.S. is going after Chinese stocks
December 5, 2020
A bill targeting Chinese companies listed on U.S. exchanges could backfire on American investors.
Watch live: WHO holds a press briefing on Covid as countries prepare to distribute vaccine
December 4, 2020
The World Health Organization is holding a briefing Friday on the pandemic as countries prepare their distribution networks for a forthcoming Covid-19 vaccine.
Completely driverless cars are being tested in China for the first time
December 4, 2020
Alibaba-backed AutoX said this is the first time a "completely autonomous fleet" without any safety drivers or remote operators is on the streets of China.
Credit Suisse says Asian stocks will kick off an ‘earnings super-cycle’ in 2021
December 4, 2020
The Swiss bank forecast 19% in U.S. dollar returns for the MSCI Asia ex-Japan Index between now and the end of 2021, compared with 15% globally.
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Asian Shares Mixed In Cautious Trading
December 5, 2020
Asian stocks turned in a mixed performance on Friday as uncertainty over Brexit and concerns over rising Covid-19 cases across the U.S. offset hopes that governments in countries such as Japan, the U.S. and Europe will deliver large-scale stimulus measures. California announced its strictest new measures...-- Delivered by Feed43 service
FTSE drops 8 Chinese groups from indices after Trump order
December 5, 2020
Ban on investment by US citizens triggers index reshuffle
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Grab-Singtel group puts cybersecurity at top of digital bank agenda
December 4, 2020
GRAB and Singtel's consortium is making cybersecurity a top priority for their digital bank. This comes as the new entity faces increasing expectations to prove to regulators and consumers over the next year that its cybersecurity defences are robust enough.
Sabana's activist investors to fast-track plan to internalise management after merger with ESR scuppered
December 4, 2020
ACTIVIST unitholders got to work fast after the proposed merger between ESR-Reit and Sabana Reit fell through on Friday.
Singapore retail sales decline eases to -8.6% in October
December 4, 2020
THE decline in Singapore's retail sales slowed in October, with takings down 8.6 per cent year on year, according to the Singapore Department of Statistics (Singstat) on Friday.
The jury is still out on what to do about record global debt levels
December 4, 2020
THERE is an ongoing debate about what countries should do to tackle global debt levels that have now soared to a record US$272 trillion as at the end of the third quarter, going by estimates by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and Institute of International Finance (IIF).
Yangzijiang undervalued, set to bottom out, says DBS
December 4, 2020
YANGZIJIANG Shipbuilding (YZJ) is a "conviction buy", DBS Group Research said on Friday, as it noted that the company's shares have been underperforming, with value emerging.
Acquisition growth to continue for industrial S-Reits in 2021
December 4, 2020
DBS Group Research expects Singapore industrial real estate investment trusts (Reits) to deliver 5 per cent growth distributions per unit in fiscal 2021, aided by acquisitions with potential for more, it said in a sector note on Friday.
Halcyon Agri unaware of reason behind share price swings
December 4, 2020
HALCYON Agri said it is unaware of any material information not previously announced that might explain its recent share price movements, it said Friday evening in an exchange filing.
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Hong Kong’s strict Covid-19 social distancing rule spoils mood for homebuyers, bringing streak of sell-out weekends to an end
December 5, 2020
Hong Kong’s streak of sell-out weekends of residential property ended when two developers sold fewer than a third of the combined 212 flats on offer in two districts, as the city’s strictest social distancing measures to date dampened sentiments.MinMetals Land, the real estate subsidiary of one of China’s largest metallurgical producers, sold 60 of 161 apartments at its Montego Bay project in Yau Tong as of 5:30pm, sales agents said. In Yuen Long, Road King failed to find a single buyer for the…
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ASIA • Insights
As the federal government harrumphs, Australia moves away from coal
December 5, 2020
Both its states and its export markets have pledged drastic cuts in carbon emissions
India’s super-rich are getting much richer
December 5, 2020
Even as the economy shrinks by a tenth
Remembering Mishima, a writer of genius who committed seppuku
December 3, 2020
To add to the spectacle, he first staged a quixotic “coup”
A crash in tourism leaves Japanese deer ravenous for treats
December 3, 2020
The sacred deer of Nara miss their old diet of rice crackers
Indonesian politics is becoming a family affair
December 3, 2020
Both the president’s son and his son-in-law are standing in regional elections
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