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Indonesia bans sex outside marriage in new criminal code

Dawn | 06 Dec 2022

Indonesia’s parliament approved a new criminal code on Tuesday that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail, despite worries the laws may scare away tourists from its tropical shores and harm investment. The new code, which will apply to Indonesians and foreigners alike, also prohibits cohabitation between unmarried...

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Column: Saudi Arabia cuts January crude oil price, but by enough?

Reuters | 06 Dec 2022

LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco cut its key oil prices for Asia for January, as had been expected, but the key question is whether the drop is big enough to tempt refiners to buy more crude. Aramco (2222.SE), the world's largest crude exporter, trimmed the official selling price (OSP) for its flagship Arab Light grade to...

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Asia Model Festival becomes 'One Asia' cultural platform

Korea Times | 05 Dec 2022

By Yang Eui-sig The Republic of Korea faces a demographic problem, as it has proven to be the No. 1 country in terms of low birthrate in 2022 among the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is an essential issue that the government must solve as a high priority. The government is rushing to reform the...

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Diverse implications of Xi's meetings with Biden and Yoon

Korea Times | 05 Dec 2022

By Choo Jae-woo Chinese President Xi Jinping made himself available to the western leaders at this year's G20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia (Nov. 15-16). It was his second time traveling abroad since January 2020 when he visited Myanmar. His first trip was the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in September in Uzbekistan. He then had summits with...

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Indonesia's Mt. Semeru eruption buries homes, damages bridge

San Francisco Chronicle | 05 Dec 2022

SUMBERWULUH, Indonesia (AP) — Improved weather conditions Monday allowed rescuers to resume evacuation efforts and a search for possible victims after the highest volcano on Indonesia’s most densely populated island erupted, triggered by monsoon rains. Mount Semeru in Lumajang...

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Dutch wrestle with national apology for 250 years of slavery

The Observer | 04 Dec 2022

The Netherlands is expected to formally apologise for its role in 250 years of slavery but the planned move is threatening to cause a split in the country, with some critics calling it “complete nonsense”. The prime minister, Mark Rutte, will deliver a public message on 19 December that will aim to “do justice to the meaning and experience of past...

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New Indonesian criminal code would ban extramarital relations, cohabitation before marriage

The Washington Times | 02 Dec 2022

Planned reforms to Indonesia's criminal code would penalize extramarital sex with up to a year in prison, ban cohabitation before marriage, and illegalize "insults" to the country's president, state institutions and national ideology. ......

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What to expect as India assumes G20 presidency for 2023

Al Jazeera | 02 Dec 2022

India has begun its yearlong presidency of the Group of 20 (G20), taking over from Indonesia at a time of geopolitical tumult and uncertainty over post-pandemic economic recovery. “Today, we do not need to fight for our survival – our era need not be one of war. Indeed, it must not be one,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a declaration...

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Indonesian families sue drug regulator, govt after children die of kidney disease

FX Empire | 02 Dec 2022

JAKARTA (Reuters) – More than a dozen parents are suing Indonesia’s drug regulator and health ministry for allowing into the country medications linked to acute kidney injury that killed their children or damaged their organs, their lawyer told Reuters on Friday. Nearly 200 children have died of acute kidney injury in Indonesia this year and...

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ASEAN mayors gather in Cambodia to promote cooperation for smart cities

Urdu Point | 02 Dec 2022

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 2 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 2nd Dec, 2022 ) :The mayors of capital cities of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) gathered here on Friday to discuss ways to promote comprehensive cooperation for building smart, resilient, and sustainable cities in the region. Addressing the opening ceremony of the ASEAN...

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China to increase nuclear warheads to 1,500, Pentagon warns

Metro USA | 29 Nov 2022

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is expanding its nuclear force and is on pace to nearly quadruple the number of warheads it has by 2035, rapidly closing its gap with the United States, the Pentagon said in a report released Tuesday. The report builds on the military’s warning last year that China is expanding its nuclear force much faster than U.S....

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Indonesia’s orangutans declining amid ‘lax’ and ‘laissez-faire’ law enforcement

Mongabay | 25 Nov 2022

JAKARTA — “Remarkably lax” and “laissez-faire” law enforcement efforts by conservation authorities in Indonesia have allowed the killing, capture and trade of scores of orangutans to persist, according to a recent study. Indonesia reported 2,229 crimes against...

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President Xi meets Cuban leader in first appearance since Southeast Asian trip  

Hong Kong Standard | 25 Nov 2022

Chinese President Xi Jinping met Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel in his first public appearance since a swing through Southeast Asia, where his flurry of maskless diplomacy signaled tolerance for living with the virus. Xi and Diaz-Canel met on Friday morning in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China Central Television...

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Biden-Xi summit: necessary but not revolutionary

Asiatimes | 25 Nov 2022

US President Joe Biden’s November 14 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia was never supposed to be a historic breakthrough between the world’s two greatest powers. Too many core issues, from Taiwan and the South China Sea to trade and technology, currently separate the two powers for the exchange to have produced major...

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UK searches for Brexit benefits as promised ‘freedoms’ fall away

Eagle-Tribune | 25 Nov 2022

Rishi Sunak faces another delicate Brexit decision after he was asked by senior civil servants to delay a planned “bonfire” of legislation dating from the U.K.’s membership of the European Union. The request by officials to shift the current 2023 deadline to remove 4,000 EU laws from the British statute books by three years is a headache for the...

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Indonesia struggles to get aid to quake survivors, rescue continues

FX Empire | 24 Nov 2022

By Stefanno Sulaiman CIANJUR, Indonesia (Reuters) – Indonesian authorities struggled on Thursday to get aid to thousands of evacuees displaced by a deadly earthquake in western Java, as rain-triggered landslides and difficult mountainous terrain hampered the efforts of rescue teams. Monday’s 5.6-magnitude earthquake in the town of Cianjur, about 75...

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Trudeau elaborates on what Chinese 'interference' he discussed with Xi Jinping at G20

North Shore News | 23 Nov 2022

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered his most detailed explanation yet about what kind of "interference" he brought up with Chinese President Xi Jinping in a meeting earlier this month....

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Death toll of west Indonesia's earthquake rises to 271 | 23 Nov 2022

The death toll from a strong earthquake hitting west Indonesia rose to 271 on Wednesday with 40 others still missing, officials said. "The number of casualties is recorded at 271 people and 40 others went missing," head of the...

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Carl P. Leubsdorf: Will Biden run again? Should he?

Hastings Tribune | 23 Nov 2022

President Joe Biden has been in an upbeat mood since the Democrats’ best first-term midterm showing in 60 years – and no wonder. For a second straight election, he achieved his presidency’s overriding goal of protecting the nation’s democratic institutions from the Trumpian threat. And the results relieved any immediate party pressure for him to...