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More plastic bags than fish: East Asia’s new environmental threat

IN MARCH 2019, the fourth Session of the UN Environment Assembly convened in Kenya to discuss the environmental and climate challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 agenda.

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Posted: 23 April 2019 | 3:00 am

Where does Malaysia stand on China’s Belt and Road?

AMONG the central narratives that swept the Mahathir Mohamad-led coalition into power in 2018 were two intricately interwoven accusations levelled at the former government.

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Posted: 22 April 2019 | 3:00 am

World leaders react to deadly Sri Lanka blasts

RELIGIOUS and world leaders have condemned a series of blasts in Sri Lanka that killed more than 150 people on Sunday, including dozens of foreigners -- with British, Dutch and American citizens believed to be among them.

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Posted: 22 April 2019 | 2:00 am

What influences South Koreans’ support for North Korean resettlement?

South Koreans use various terms for those arriving from North Korea, from defector to refugee to new settler.

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Posted: 22 April 2019 | 2:00 am

How religion influences attitudes towards domestic violence

WE learned this month that Prime Minister Scott Morrison has pledged AU$10 million in the federal budget for couples counselling and mediation for families impacted by domestic violence.

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Posted: 19 April 2019 | 3:00 am

Facebook says it stored ‘millions’ of unencrypted Instagram passwords

"Millions" of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said Thursday, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands.

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Posted: 19 April 2019 | 2:00 am

Secrets and crimes: Gay South Korean soldiers trapped in legal bind

PRODUCTIVE and driven, he was a model army officer, but he had a secret: he was in a gay sexual relationship with a fellow soldier -- a crime under South Korea's military law.

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Posted: 19 April 2019 | 2:00 am

Why are we so moved by the plight of the Notre Dame?

SCROLLING through news of the Notre Dame fire on social media feeds was like watching a real-time archive of grief in the making, as people expressed their dismay and sorrow at the damage wrought. Why is it that some heritage places publicly elicit more emotions than others? There is no simple answer to this question.... Read more »

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Posted: 18 April 2019 | 3:00 am

Donald Trump: world’s greatest expert on… almost everything

PRESIDENT Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he told French firefighters to move "quickly" and possibly use aerial water tankers to save Notre Dame. But it was hardly the first time he has come forward as an unlikely expert.

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Posted: 18 April 2019 | 2:00 am

North Korea’s Kim oversees test of new weapon with ‘powerful warhead’

NORTH KOREA's Kim Jong Un has supervised the test-firing of a new tactical weapon with a "powerful warhead", state media reported Thursday, in the first test of its kind since nuclear negotiations with Washington stalled.

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Posted: 18 April 2019 | 2:00 am