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EXCLUSIVE North Korea grows nuclear, missiles programs, profits from cyberattacks -U.N. report

North Korea continued to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs during the past year and cyberattacks on cryptocurrency exchanges were an important revenue source for Pyongyang, according to an excerpt of a confidential United Nations report seen on Saturday by Reuters.

Shoot the protestors without warning: Kazakh President to forces amid protests

After protests over fuel prices turned into a countrywide wave of unrest, Kazakhstan's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said that he has asked security forces to shoot protestors without warning.

Japan and U.S. vow more defence cooperation to counter Chinese threat

The United States and Japan on Friday voiced strong concern about China's growing might in unambiguous terms and pledged to work together against attempts to destabilise the region.

North Korea Launches Hypersonic Hwasong-8 Missile in Second Test of New Glide Vehicle

North Korea has announced that a ballistic missile test launched on January 5 was its new Hwasong-8 platform, which had first been launched in September 2021 and housed a hypersonic glide vehicle.

Bangladesh-Maldives Bilateral Bond Grows

Dhaka’s extension of a $200-million loan to Maldives strengthens its image as a rising economic power.

Japan PM pledges 2022 will be year of "summit diplomacy" in New Year address

Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday he would refocus his efforts on foreign policy and pledged to make 2022 the year of diplomacy, in a New Year statement posted on his website.

Indonesia bans coal exports in January on domestic power worries

Indonesia has banned coal exports in January due to concerns that low supplies at domestic power plants could lead to widespread blackouts, a senior official at the energy ministry said on Saturday.

Thailand reinstates mandatory COVID-19 quarantine over Omicron concerns

Thailand will reinstate its mandatory COVID-19 quarantine for foreign visitors and scrap a quarantine waiver from Tuesday due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Kim Jong-un attends father's memorial as N Korea bans laughing for 11 days

Pictures have surfaced showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attending the memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of his father Kim Jong-il's death.

No plan to visit Beijing Winter Olympics, says Japan PM Kishida

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Thursday said in parliament he has no plan to visit Beijing during next year's Winter Olympics.

Russia & China call US' democracy summit 'counterproductive'

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping termed US' Summit for Democracy as "counterproductive". 

china prez warns of return to cold warera tensions in asiapacific

China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday warned against a return to "Cold War-era" tensions in the Asia-Pacific.

China's CPC kicks off key 4-day conclave to authorise unprecedented 3rd term for President Xi Jinping

The 19th Central Committee of the CPC started its sixth plenary session. About 400 full and alternate members of the CPC Central Committee are taking part in the plenum, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Japan has zero daily COVID-19 deaths for first time in 15 months

Prior to Sunday, there hadn’t been a day without a COVID-19 death since Aug. 2, 2020, according to a tally by national broadcaster NHK. The latest figures from the health ministry showed three deaths on Saturday.

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