by Joseph Masilamany | MALAYSIA – IRAN

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim chaired a two-day meeting of the National Security Council. In a statement, he backs Iran’s “legitimate act” against Israel’s “barbaric” raid on its embassy. The Philippines express "great concern" over rising tensions, which have impacted air travel in the region.

Today's news: Hong Kong denied access to a Reporters Without Borders representative, who was searched and then deported; At least 16% of the candidates in the first phase of the Lok Sabha vote have pending criminal cases; Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 16, over 1100 injured; The Houthis claim an attack on four boats in the Gulf, also a 'US warship'. 

| 11/04/2024

Today's news: Three  killed overnight in Gaza as Israeli police arrest dozens after al-Aqsa prayer; In Taiwan over 600 earthquake victims still waiting to be rescued; In India, consumer confidence is at its highest level since 2019; Hundreds of arrests in a joint police operation against child pornography in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. 


| 06/04/2024
by Stefano Vecchia

The World Happiness Index 2024, made possible by the cooperation of Gallup, the University of Oxford, and the United Nations, shows that the Philippines is second among Southeast Asian countries after Singapore, which ranks 30th in the world.

| 20/03/2024

Today's news: only 51.7% of South Koreans want to get married, 28.3% intend to have children 'with certainty'; Hanoi reports annual crop losses of three billion dollars, Mekong Delta in crisis;  Elections in India scheduled between 19 April and early June; The Israeli government instituted the annual national day of remembrance of the 'catastrophe' on 7 October; Russian President Putin re-elected with 87.17% of the vote. 

| 18/03/2024

Today's headlines: Senior doctors in South Korea join trainee doctors’ protest. India's foreign exchange reserves reach their highest level in two years. Iran is beset by a severe nursing shortage with more than 3,000 emigrating abroad a year. Thailand is considering legalising casinos. The Chinese are quietly occupying Siberia, raising concerns among local Russians.

| 16/03/2024
by Angeline Tan

As early as 2019, the city-state government was planning to raise the retirement age by 2030 to ensure the labour market remained resilient. Singapore has the third highest employment rate for workers aged 65-69 among OECD countries. Other incentives to employers and employees announced by the Ministry of Manpower.

| 05/03/2024
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