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Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo gives lecture to students at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul, South Korea on September 11, 2018. | Photo Credit: AP

Indonesian President seeks people’s support for new capital

August 16 (The Hindu) - Indonesia’s president is appealing for support to move the country’s capital from overcrowded, sinking and polluted Jakarta. President Joko Widodo told parliament in an annual national address on Friday that the capital city is not only a symbol of national identity, but also a representation of national progress. Indonesia’s decades-long discussion about building a new...

People visit the statues of former North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the end of the Japanese occupation of Korea, in this undated photo supplied by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on August 16, 2019. KCNA/ via REUTERS

North Korea fires projectiles, rejects South Korea’s ‘senseless’ dialogue pledge

August 16 (Reuters) - North Korea launched at least two projectiles into the sea on Friday, South Korea’s military said, shortly after Pyongyang described South Korea’s president as “impudent” and vowed that inter-Korean talks are over. The North has protested against joint military drills conducted by South Korea and the United States, which kicked off last week, calling them a...

Zakir Naik (PTI)

Malaysia’s Cabinet to discuss permanent residency of Zakir Naik

August 14 (Reuters) - Malaysia’s cabinet will discuss the permanent residency of controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik on Wednesday, said a minister who believed Naik should return to India to face charges of money laundering and hate speech. Naik, who has lived in Malaysia for about three years, has come under fire for his recent comments that Hindus in the...

An information screen showing cancelled flights is pictured at Hong Kong International Airport as anti-extradition bill protesters attend a mass demonstration after a woman was shot in the eye during a protest in Hong Kong, China August 12, 2019. (Reuters)

Hong Kong’s airport reopens, more than 200 flights cancelled

August 14 (TRT World) - Hong Kong's airport reopened on Tuesday but its administrator warned that flight movements would still be affected, after China said protests that have swept the city over the past two months had begun to show "sprouts of terrorism". Despite the airport reopening, Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific said it had cancelled over 200 flights to and out of...

FILE PHOTO: Container cranes are pictured at the port of Singapore, June 10, 2018. REUTERS/Feline Lim/File Photo

Singapore slashes 2019 growth forecast stoking recession fears

August 13 (Reuters) - Singapore slashed its full-year economic growth forecast on Tuesday as global conditions were seen worsening and data confirmed the slowest growth rate in a decade amid mounting fears of recession in the city-state. The government cut its forecast range for gross domestic product in Singapore - often seen as a bellwether for global growth because international...

Robert Downey Jr. accepts his award for choice action movie star. Photo - Getty

Teen Choice Awards 2019: The Complete Winners List

August 12 (The Wrap) - Fox’s Teen Choice Awards brought out the stars from just about every entertainment genre Sunday night with custom-made, full-size surfboards presented to winners chosen by fans, who voted online for their favorite movies, TV shows, songs, musicians, athletes and celebrities. The two-hour event hosted by “Pretty Little Liars” star Lucy Hale and YouTuber David Dobrik...

Sustainable Development Goals Awareness Walk (NewsIn.Asia)

SUNFO initiates International Youth Day parade in Colombo

August 9 ( - International Youth Day (August 12) is an awareness day designated by the United Nations. The purpose of the day is to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. Sustainable Development Goals Youth Network of Sri Lanka (SDGYNSL) initiated by SUNFO is planning to commemorate “International Youth Day” by organizing a...

Muslim pilgrims are seen moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at the center. Photo Credits - AP Photo/Hassan Ammar

Saudi prepares for Hajj as Gulf tensions persist

August 7 (AFP) - More than 2.5 million Muslims will on Friday begin the annual hajj pilgrimage in the Islamic holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, against a backdrop of tensions in the Gulf. Crowds of worshippers have already begun to gather in Mecca in the days ahead of the hajj, the focal point of the Islamic calendar. "It's the...

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