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New Zealand bans plastic bags for fresh produce in supermarkets

July 3, 2023 - 1:38am
Supermarkets already ban take-home bags but now thin bags used for vegetables will be outlawed too.
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Karnataka High Court's Twitter verdict sparks debate on free speech

July 3, 2023 - 1:25am
A court has fined Twitter $61,000 for not complying with a government order to take down tweets.
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Thai elephant flown home after alleged abuse in Sri Lanka

July 3, 2023 - 12:48am
Bangkok demanded the return of the animal after claims it was tortured while kept at a Buddhist temple.
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Benodebehari Mukherjee: Blind Indian painter's forgotten scroll found after 100 years

July 2, 2023 - 8:33pm
Benodebehari Mukherjee who lost his vision entirely at 53 came to define modern art in 20th Century India.
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Nauru: Why Australia is funding an empty detention centre

July 2, 2023 - 10:57am
The last refugee has left Nauru, but Australia will keep spending vast sums to keep the centre open.
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India's spirited rum revolution

July 1, 2023 - 7:29pm
A host of homegrown brands are innovating with the spirit, creating new markets.
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Hachiko: The world's most loyal dog turns 100

July 1, 2023 - 6:02pm
The Akita Inu has been lionised in Japan and beyond as a symbol of devotion and fidelity
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Tamil Nadu: India nurse who delivered more than 10,000 babies

June 30, 2023 - 7:57pm
Kathija Bibi recently retired after 33 years of illustrious service in India's Tamil Nadu state.
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How a horse's death may lead to reform for ancient Japanese festival

June 30, 2023 - 5:07pm
A 680-year-old Shinto festival accused of animal cruelty has promised reforms after a horse died.
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MDMA: Australia begins world-first psychedelic therapy

June 30, 2023 - 4:27pm
The drug and a key ingredient in magic mushrooms will be used nationally to treat PTSD and depression.
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Thailand: Rescuers amputate leg of woman stuck in travelator

June 30, 2023 - 4:36am
Her family says they are shocked and saddened at the incident in Thailand's Don Mueang airport.
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Cambodia PM leaves Facebook after posts ruled violent

June 30, 2023 - 1:35am
Facebook parent Meta's oversight has recommended Hun Sen's suspension over an inflammatory video.
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Crisis-hit Pakistan strikes $3bn funding deal with IMF

June 30, 2023 - 1:10am
The South Asian nation is facing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain in 1947.
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China tightens Xi Jinping's powers against the West with new law

June 30, 2023 - 1:04am
The law underscores China's aggressive diplomacy, but does not guarantee it will take greater actions.
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Chinese spy balloon did not collect information, says Pentagon

June 29, 2023 - 10:59pm
The balloon floated across the US early this year before being shot down off the South Carolina coast.
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Sri Lanka: Five-day bank holiday for domestic debt restructuring

June 29, 2023 - 9:17am
There are fears the government's plan could lead to volatility in financial markets.
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Rahul Gandhi: Manipur police stop Congress leader's visit to unrest-hit India state

June 29, 2023 - 6:47am
Opposition Congress party says Rahul Gandhi's tour of Manipur has been stopped by the police.
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Climate change: China's green power surge offers hope on warming

June 28, 2023 - 8:58pm
A boom in wind and solar energy in China may curb emissions faster than expected, a report says.
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Osmanabad: The tortured Indian labourers who were kept as slaves

June 28, 2023 - 5:36pm
Chained, tortured and pushed to starvation, 12 labourers from India narrate their ordeal.
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Thai court acquits five charged with blocking Queen's convoy

June 28, 2023 - 7:54am
The protesters were part of youth-led pro-democracy rallies in 2020 calling for royal reforms.
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