Australia deploys troops to Solomon Islands as protests spread

Riots linked to the Pacific nation’s diplomatic switch from Taiwan to China

Dhows versus Apaches on the Red Sea

Fishing boats attacked by Saudi planes and helicopters

Singapore and Malaysia to reopen busy border crossing

Limited numbers of vaccinated passengers will be allowed to travel on designated buses

Poor healthcare and job opportunities for Rohingya refugees on Bangladesh island

Rights groups have likened it to an island jail and have said some relocations were involuntary

‘Eye-poking’ cult cause of Covid-19 outbreak in South Korea

Many of the congregation are older than 60 and unvaccinated — just 17 out of the 241 confirmed cases were vaccinated

Australian cabinet minister wins case in which he was branded a ‘rape apologist’

Peter Dutton’s lawsuit against activist Shane Bazzi was over a tweet about the minister’s handling of a complaint about sexual assault inside parliament house

China slams the door on tennis player’s sexual assault allegation

Calls mount for investigation of Peng Shuai’s claim against former vice-premier Zhang Gaoli

India puts off labour reform rollout

Prime minister is expected to delay  implementation until after elections

Afghans marry off their baby girls as starvation looms

Child marriage increases in tandem with soaring poverty

Japan seeks workaround plan for releasing strategic oil reserves

Japanese officials are working on ways to get around restrictions on releasing national reserves of crude oil in tandem with other major economies to dampen ...

China’s Xi says Beijing won’t seek hegemony over ASEAN neighbours

Chinese President Xi Jinping says Beijing won’t bully its smaller, regional neighbors even as tensions rise over the South China Sea

IMF agrees with Pakistan to revive $6bn funding programme

Pakistan had to complete five reforms before the IMF revived the funding

UN raises alarm on imminent collapse of Afghan banks

Withdrawal of foreign development support has sent the economy into free fall, putting severe strain on institutions

Japan’s Fumio Kishida ‘prioritises people’s income’ with record stimulus

Prime minister aims to shore up misfiring economy in launching his new vision of capitalism

Ties between US and China dominate New Economy Forum talks

The Biden administration will remove some punitive tariffs, Hillary Clinton says

Narendra Modi backs down on farm reform ahead of 2022 Indian election

Farmers, fearing the reform would cut the prices they got for their crops, have been protesting across India for more than a year

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