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Beijing residents told to keep working from home amid Covid-19 outbreak

Chinese capital reported 99 new cases were detected on May 22, up from 61 the previous day

Biden’s Indo-Pacific economic plan likely to get a lukewarm welcome

Countries in the region want increased market access to the US, but Washington is not eager to risk jobs at home

NEWS ANALYSIS: Women unleash new disruptive force in Australia as Liberals are turfed out

Moderate voters abandon Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Liberal party as Labour sweeps to victory in Australia election

Indonesia resumes palm oil exports

The cost of the export ban was estimated by the government at $400m a month in lost state revenue

IMF warns Asian economies on risks of tightening

There are spillover risks as easing of policies by major central banks unwind faster than expected, says deputy MD

New infections in Shanghai prompt stricter curbs

Plans to end the city-wide lockdown on June 1 appear to remain on track

Sri Lanka warns of food crisis amid fertiliser shortage

Country is facing a shortage of foreign exchange, fuel and medicines, and economic activity has slowed to a crawl

Australians to vote on Saturday, with a hung parliament a possibility

Opinion polls have shown Labor leading, but the gap has narrowed in the final weeks of campaigning

North Korea boosts production of drugs as Covid-19 outbreak deepens

Citizens have reportedly been advised to gargle with salt and drink willow leaf tea

Thailand aims to heal economy with medical tourism

The prime minister says the country will leverage its proven track record of successfully handling Covid-19

Lockdown eased in some Shanghai districts with no new Covid cases

City officials are on alert for flare-ups and plan to keep most residents at home this month

Sri Lankans face more pain as fuel, medicines and foreign reserves run out

Plan to restore stability includes selling unprofitable national airline and possibly raising taxes as well as utility prices

US-Taliban deal ‘the single most important factor’ in collapse of Afghan forces

Despite billions in training and equipment, the Afghan National Security Forces rapidly collapsed in the face of the Taliban once the US withdrew support

Shanghai faces ‘huge’ pressure to prevent Covid-19 rebound as end to hated lockdown looms

Authorities will gradually ease the commercial hub’s zero-Covid-policy restrictions until June 1 2022

Indian air-conditioner makers expect record sales amid heatwave

With temperatures breaching 49°C in New Delhi, the forecast is for up to 9-million units this year

China’s slowing economy set to remain in Covid mire

Authorities’ zero-Covid policy could prolong setback in the world’s second-largest economy, further weaken global recovery and worsen supply chain disruption

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