Indonesia eyes using China’s ART trains in new capital

Jakarta | January 17, 2024 According to Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia is investigating the possibilities of constructing the infrastructure for an autonomous rail rapid transit (ART) in Nusantara Capital City (IKN). He made this announcement on Friday during a meeting with his Chinese colleague Li Xiaopeng in Beijing. Budi expressed the intention of […]

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Philippines drops funding deal with China for 3 railway projects

Manila | Fri, October 27, 2023 The Philippines will no longer seek financial aid from China for a package of ambitious railway projects, the transportation secretary said, adding that officials were confident the projects could move ahead with funding from interested sources. According to officials, China was supposed to construct the third rail line on

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Thailand’s King endorses new cabinet months after elections

Bangkok | Sat, September 2, 2023 Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn endorsed a new cabinet, including real estate tycoon Srettha Thavisin as the country’s new prime minister and finance minister, according to a Royal gazette published on Saturday, months after the May elections. The defense, transport, trade, health, and foreign ministry posts will be under the

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The Jenin incursion was meant to weaken militant groups. It has ended up deepening the defiance of Palestinian fighters

Jenin, West Bank | Fri July 7, 2023 At the gates of Jenin’s government hospital on Wednesday, dozens of armed Palestinian militants and their families gathered to collect their dead, just hours after hundreds of Israeli soldiers withdrew from the city’s sprawling refugee camp. Israel’s greatest foray into the occupied West Bank in decades left

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Fraser Island has reverted to its traditional name of K’gari

Australia’s popular Fraser Island has reverted to its traditional name of K’gari

Wednesday | June 7, 2023 Forget Fraser Island. The world’s largest sand island is now officially known by its traditional name, K’gari, the government of the Australian state of Queensland announced Wednesday. The renaming legally acknowledges the Butchulla people’s historical relationship to the Australian east coast’s UNESCO World Heritage site. Long before European settlers arrived,

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Palestinian reporter breaks barriers by reporting in Hebrew on Israeli TV

Palestinian reporter breaks barriers by reporting in Hebrew on Israeli TV

Friday | April 28, 2023 Sitting at the oversized crescent desk on a set lit up by massive screens, smartly-suited Suleiman Maswadeh fits right in with his colleagues at Israel’s public broadcaster Kan 11. However, it is apparent from Maswadeh’s name and extremely faint Hebrew accent that he is not frequently seen on Israeli television.

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Australia's Aboriginal LGBTQ community at Sydney WorldPride

Australia’s Aboriginal LGBTQ community takes center stage at Sydney WorldPride

Australia | 3rd March 2023 At a temporary Aboriginal gathering space dubbed Marri Madung Butbut — or “Many Brave Hearts” in the language of Sydney’s original inhabitants, the Gadigal people — eight performers emerged through lasers and lights that appear to move and thrust to the electronic beat. The rousing anthem proclaimed, “You can’t tell

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New Zealand’s Cyclone Gabrielle brings strong winds and rain

New Zealand’s largest city braces as Cyclone Gabrielle brings strong winds and rain

New Zealand | Monday | February 13, 2023 Around 58,000 homes are without power in New Zealand’s upper North Island on Monday as the approach of Cyclone Gabrielle brings strong winds, heavy rain and huge swells to Auckland and nearby regions. Although her most devastating gusts bypassed Norfolk Island, Gabrielle passed over the Australian territory

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Netanyahu dismisses key ally Aryeh Deri after High Court order

Netanyahu dismisses key ally Aryeh Deri after High Court order

Jerusalem | January 22, 2023 In accordance with an Israeli High Court judgement that it was unfair to nominate the Shas party leader to positions in government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removed important ally Aryeh Deri from all cabinet roles on Sunday. Due to his criminal convictions and the fact that he declared he

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Malaysia’s Anwar becomes prime minister

Malaysia’s Anwar becomes prime minister, ending decades-long wait

Malaysia | Thursday | November 24, 2022 Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, capping a three-decade political journey from a protege of veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad to protest leader, a prisoner convicted of sodomy, and opposition leader. His appointment puts an end to the historic post-election crisis that lasted five

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