POPE TO VISIT INDONESIA, PNG, EAST TIMOR, SINGAPORE IN SEPTEMBER

Fri 12 April 2024: Pope Francis will visit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Singapore in September, the Vatican announced Friday, an ambitious trip that could test the 87-year-old’s increasingly fragile health. Running from September 2 to 13, the trip covering around 30,000 kilometres (18,600 miles) in total is the longest for the Argentine […]

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BOLLYWOOD IS PLAYING A LARGE SUPPORTING ROLE IN INDIA’S ELECTIONS

Fri 12 April 2024: As the largest electorate in history goes to the polls in India from April 19 to June 1, 2024, political parties are seeking to influence voters’ decisions – through cinema. The incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, seeking a third term in office under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has deployed […]

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“MESS UP THE SITUATION”: CHINA HOLDS COMBAT PATROL IN SOUTH CHINA SEA AMID US-LED WAR GAMES

Sun 07 April 2024: The United States is holding its first joint military drills with the Philippines, Japan, and Australia on the same day that China has raised the stakes in the disputed seas by conducting military “combat patrols” in the South China Sea. The news of a surprise naval drill by Beijing on Sunday […]

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IS INDIA BEHIND TARGETED KILLINGS IN PAKISTAN? WHAT WE KNOW

  Saleem Rehmani was shot dead in January 2022 in Pakistan. Indian government placed his name on its most-wanted list [File: Farooq Khan/EPA] Sun 07 April 2024: Islamabad, Pakistan — Since June 2021, Pakistan has tracked and accused Indian intelligence agencies of multiple attempts — some successful — at assassinating individuals New Delhi views as terrorists […]

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NEARLY 4,000 SCHOOLS IN PHILIPPINES SHIFT TO ONLINE LEARNING DUE TO INTENSE HEAT

Sat 06 April 2024: Governments across the region are grappling with how to respond. In the Philippines, almost 4,000 schools have suspended in-person classes as the heat index passed 42C in some areas, a dangerous level that the weather bureau warned could cause heat cramps and exhaustion. During the Easter week in Manila, children played in portable […]

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INDIA’S TOP COURT STAYS ALLAHABAD HC’S DECISION TO QUASH MADRASA ACT

Fri 05 April 2024: New Delhi: The Supreme Court today, April 5, stayed the Allahabad high court judgment quashing Uttar Pradesh’s madrasa law. The Wire has reported on how the March 22 verdict by the high court, declaring the Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Act, 2004 – through which madrasas are governed in the state – unconstitutional, has left around […]

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CHINA WOULD BE CHOSEN OVER US BY MAJORITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA, SURVEY SUGGESTS

Thu 04 April 2024: Taipei, Taiwan – More than half of people in Southeast Asia would side with China over the United States if forced to choose, a survey has found, underscoring Beijing’s growing influence in the region. In the State of Southeast Asia 2024 survey released this week, 50.5 percent of respondents said they would […]

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7.4 MAGNITUDE QUAKE HITS TAIWAN; STRONGEST QUAKE IN 25 YEARS

Wed 03 April 2024: Taiwan has been jolted by its biggest earthquake in a quarter-century, triggering tsunami warnings for the self-ruled island, Japan and the Philippines. The earthquake on Wednesday shook buildings off their foundations and led to a landslide in the eastern part of the island. At least two buildings in the eastern city […]

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