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  1. It’s the epitome of a closed circuit: the utility helping power one of Southeast Asia’s biggest cities is building electric cars, batteries and charging stations for the nascent market, and then supplying the juice to keep them all running.Thailand billionaire Somphote Ahunai envisions his Energy Absolute as a titan of EVs even though there are less than 1,500 battery-powered vehicles in the...
  2. The pro-establishment camp risked being punished by voters in November’s district council elections because of the fallout from the aborted extradition bill and could lose more than a third of its vote share, a leading member of the camp has warned.The bloc voiced its anger and disappointment with Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor in a meeting with her on Saturday over her handling of...
  3. Southeast Asia has largely been spared a recurrence of the haze that blanketed Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta in 2015. Good weather and better management procedures in 2018 helped prevent the Indonesian forest fires that had done so much damage three years earlier, and Indonesian officials are predicting they’ll be able to handle firespots when this year’s hazy season comes around in late...
  4. The Pentagon believes using nuclear weapons could “create conditions for decisive results and the restoration of strategic stability”, according to a new nuclear doctrine adopted by the US joint chiefs of staff last week.The document, entitled Nuclear Operations, was published on June 11, and was the first such doctrine paper for 14 years. Arms control experts say it marks a shift in US military...
  5. A Hong Kong customer has backed out of buying a HK$251.23 million (US$32.11 million) luxury home in the Deep Water Bay neighbourhood, marking the second property default in nine days.The buyer, who is unidentified, failed to conclude the sales contract for the 3,641-square foot (338 square metres) apartment on the ninth floor of Tower One at 8 Deep Water Bay Drive, forfeiting a HK$12.56 million...
  6. Officials in the central Chinese city of Guanghan have been found to have gone to extraordinary lengths to manipulate raw data to obscure the real picture of the health of the economy, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, in the latest case to undermine the accuracy of economic data in the mainland.Local census staff from the county-level city in southwestern Sichuan province, which...
  7. A Hong Kong youth official has said the city’s young people scored a victory with the suspension of the contentious extradition bill – even as angry students continue their threats to besiege government headquarters in pursuit of more concessions.Lau Ming-wai, the deputy chairman of the Youth Development Commission, said on Wednesday he wanted young protesters to know they had already succeeded...
  8. Constant dialogue among Singapore’s diverse ethnic and religious groups – not just its tough anti-hate speech laws – helps the Lion City remain one of the world’s most socially harmonious places.That was the assessment of the city state’s President Halimah Yacob on Wednesday at the launch of a new international conference looking into issues surrounding building cohesive societies.The three-day...
  9. Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to North Korea this week, shoring up ties with the reclusive regime at a time when denuclearisation talks have stalled.The Chinese President’s two-day visit to Pyongyang – the first such trip in 14 years – comes a week before his high-stakes meeting with Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.China’s foreign ministry said Xi’s visit...
  10. Nasa’s flagship space launch system being built by Boeing is taking years longer than expected with cost overruns of nearly US$2 billion, an audit found on Wednesday, raising questions about meeting a goal of returning humans to the moon by 2024.The General Accounting Office (GAO) identified US$1.8 billion in cost overruns, including US$800 million that Nasa obscured in previous reports on its...