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Mongolia and Japan Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations

February 24 marked the 50th anniversary of Mongolia and Japan’s establishment of diplomatic relations. Beyond the Japan-Mongolia strategic partnership in the political and economic fields, the two governments are dedicating 2022 as a Year of Friendship and Exchanges between the Mongolian and Japanese Children and Youth. Since Japan’s first encounter with the Mongols in the […]

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Massive power outage affects five million households in Taiwan

Major cities across Taiwan including the capital Taipei have seen widespread power failures after a reported accident at a power plant. The nation’s economic affairs minister, Wang Meihua, said an accident had occurred at a power plant in southern Taiwan, according to a report by state-linked Central News Agency. The ministry would deal with the […]

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Philippines Presidential Election a Rematch Between Late Dictator’s Son, Democratic Leader

With about two weeks to go before the presidential election in the Philippines, the race has turned into a rematch between Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr., son of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and current Vice President Leni Robredo. Robredo narrowly defeated Marcos in the 2016 vice presidential race. Marcos claimed election fraud and later launched […]

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Philippines tourism enjoys strong recovery

The impressive ranking of the Philippines as the world’s fourth fastest growing economy in 2021 was one of the topics that opened the discussions at the recently concluded Routes Asia 2022 held at the Da Nang International Exhibition Fair Centre, Vietnam last week. “Despite the travel restrictions caused by COVID-19, Philippine tourism saw some significant […]

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The Philippines gives green light to Starlink

The Philippines has approved plans that will see it become the first country in Southeast Asia to access SpaceX’s Starlink broadband services. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) approved May 26 the registration of Starlink Internet Services Philippines Inc., a subsidiary of SpaceX that will provide the satellite broadband to the archipelago. The approval set the […]

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Malaysia welcomes back Middle Eastern tourists after pandemic lull

Malaysia is welcoming back visitors from the Middle East after two years of pandemic closures, with businesses in the tourism sector expecting to attract especially those who arrive for family holidays. Malaysia’s tourism ministry has been ramping up its promotional activities in a bid to attract 2 million international visitors this year following the reopening […]

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Turkey builds massive bridge linking Europe and Asia

The president of Turkey, South Korea’s prime minister and other officials inaugurated a massive suspension bridge Friday over the Dardanelles Strait that connects the European and Asian shores of the key waterway. With a a 2,023-meter (6,637 feet) span between its towers, the “1915 Canakkale Bridge” becomes the world’s longest suspension bridge, Turkish President Recep […]