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Blackpink’s Pink Venom makes history with most No.1s on iTunes; only K-Pop girl group to do so

K-Pop girl group Blackpink has been making history with their latest pre-release single, Pink Venom. Ever since the song dropped, it has been topping charts all over. Not just on the domestic ones, but it has made it to the international charts as well. Let’s backtrack a bit. For those who don’t already know, Blackpink […]

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South Korea to drop most COVID rules as Omicron wave ebbs

South Korea has said it will lift all COVID-19 social distancing rules, except for the requirement to wear masks, marking the first time most restrictions have been lifted since the pandemic began two years ago. The 10-person limit on private social gatherings and a midnight curfew at restaurants, coffee shops and other indoor businesses will […]

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Human trafficking in Cambodia nearly doubled in 2021

Human trafficking cases in Cambodia almost doubled in 2021 compared to 2020 because the government was preoccupied with the coronavirus pandemic, a report issued Wednesday by the country’s National Committee for Counter Trafficking said. The report, which was released during a ceremony at the Ministry of Interior, the committee’s parent ministry, documented trafficking of laborers, […]

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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 […]