Goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 out of reach, report says | Poverty and Development News

Effects of COVID pandemic and war in Ukraine make it unlikely for the world to eradicate extreme poverty by decade’s end, World Bank says. The world is unlikely to meet a longstanding goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030, the World Bank has said, citing the effects of “extraordinary” shocks to the global economy, including … Read more

Will North Korea conduct a nuclear test during China’s Congress? | Military News

When North Korea carried out its last nuclear test on September 3, 2017, China’s President Xi Jinping was preparing to host the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa at a summit meant to burn his image as a global statesperson ahead of a critical Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Congress. The explosion from the … Read more

Vietnam eyes China’s tech crown as firms tire of ‘zero COVID’ | Business and Economy

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam – In industrial parks set among the rolling hills and tea fields of northern Vietnam, legions of factory workers are busy making products for leading tech giants such as Apple, Samsung, LG Electronics and Microsoft. Already hundreds of thousands strong, their ranks are swelling fast. Frustrated with China’s “zero-COVID” lockdowns … Read more

North Korea fires more missiles; second launch in three days | Weapons News

Short-range weapons were fired east towards Japan, after the US redeployed an aircraft carrier close to the peninsula. North Korea has fired two short-range ballistic missiles eastwards, its second weapons launch in three days, after the United States redeployed an aircraft carrier to the region and carried out joint military drills with South Korea. Thursday’s … Read more

Taiwan says will use US-led chip alliance to protect local firms | Business and Economy

Deputy economy minister says chipmaking requires collaboration to ensure a ‘very resilient supply chain’. Taiwan will use the new United States-led “Chip 4” group to safeguard the interests of Taiwanese companies and to ensure supply chain resilience, a deputy minister has said, though he added that the group had no agenda yet. A preliminary meeting … Read more

Young, rebellious and the Myanmar military’s ‘worst enemy’ | Conflict News

Before the military seized power from the civilian government in Myanmar early last year and proceeded to kill and arrest thousands, Hnin Si enjoyed a peaceful life in the southern city of Dawei. During the week, she would go to her office; at the weekend, she would explore nearby nature on her bicycle or go … Read more

US, South Korea fire weapons after North Korea missile launch | Weapons News

Exercises designed to show allies’ military capabilities and deter North Korea from carrying out more ‘provocations’. South Korea and the United States have carried out a series of missile drills in response to North Korea’s first ballistic missile launch over Japan since 2017. The suspected intermediate-range ballistic missile flew about 4,600km (2,850 miles) on Tuesday … Read more

Witnesses recount chaos, blame police in Indonesia stadium deaths | News

Malang, Indonesia – Witnesses to the Indonesian football stadium disaster which killed at least 12 people and left hundreds injured have accused of firing tear gas into spectator stands and blocking gates as people tried to flee the chaos. One of the deadliest sporting tragedies ever occurred on Saturday evening at the Kanjuruhan football stadium … Read more

Australia targets zero-extinction with promise to conserve land | Environment News

Government says it will aim to conserve 30 percent of Australia’s land mass in an attempt to protect its unique wildlife. Australia has set a target of zero extinction for its unique plants and animals, promising to preserve at least 30 percent of its land amid severe pressure on the country’s environment. Unveiling the Threatened … Read more

Samsung says to triple advanced chip production by 2027 | Business and Economy

World’s No 2 foundry sees strong demand for chips used in high-performance computers and artificial intelligence. Samsung Electronics’s chip contract manufacturing business has announced plans to more than triple its advanced chips production capacity by 2027 to meet strong demand, despite current global economic headwinds. The world’s second-largest foundry after Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co is … Read more