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Whoever wins, post-election instability looms in Thailand

Whoever wins, post-election instability looms in Thailand

After years of military rule, Thais will vote for a new government on Sunday. But further instability seems like the most likely outcome.

  • by James Massola

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New 'Cold war' could claim Chinese students, says Japanese lecturer
Techno-nationalism

New 'Cold war' could claim Chinese students, says Japanese lecturer

The tussle between China and the US over Huawei is the start of a rivalry that will reshape the world, a security expert says.

  • by Chris Zappone
Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640
Explosion

Explosion at Chinese chemical plant kills 47, injures 640

An explosion at a pesticide plant in eastern China has killed 47 people and injured more than 600, state media said, the latest casualties in a series of industrial accidents that has angered the public.

  • by David Stanway, Dominique Patton, Ben Blanchard and Lusha Zhang
US targets Chinese shipping companies in new North Korea sanctions
Trump diplomacy

US targets Chinese shipping companies in new North Korea sanctions

The US Treasury Department issued an advisory that listed 67 vessels it said had engaged in illicit transfers of refined petroleum with North Korean tankers or were believed to have exported North Korean coal.

  • by Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom
Australian coal a better deal for China than Trump’s, says expert
Coal

Australian coal a better deal for China than Trump’s, says expert

A US energy security expert has said that a long-term coal supply deal between China and the US wouldn't represent good value for Chinese companies buying the US coal.

  • by Kirsty Needham
Car ploughs into crowd in China, killing six
China

Car ploughs into crowd in China, killing six

The man had intentionally driven into the people but the report did not elaborate on the motive behind the incident.

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From farms to slums, Indian women on sharp end of jobs crisis
Election

From farms to slums, Indian women on sharp end of jobs crisis

According to the private Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE), 90 per cent of about 10 million jobs lost in India last year were held by women.

  • by Alexandra Ulmer and Suvashree Choudhury
Fears the United States could displace Australian coal in China
China coal ban

Fears the United States could displace Australian coal in China

China is likely to significantly increase imports of American coal from West Virginia, Donald Trump’s heartland, if it strikes a trade deal next month.

  • by Kirsty Needham
'It's not about being famous': Meet Thailand's first transgender PM candidate
Thailand

'It's not about being famous': Meet Thailand's first transgender PM candidate

Pinit Ngarmpring had a long, successful career in journalism, business and football. A few years ago, she became Pauline Ngarmpring. And now she wants to be prime minister.

  • by James Massola and Veena Thoopkrajae
Vietnam embalms a sacred turtle, Lenin-style
Vietnam

Vietnam embalms a sacred turtle, Lenin-style

The turtle has now joined an elite club of famous figures embalmed and put on display by communist regimes.

  • by Mike Ives
Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet
Lion Air Tragedy

Confusion, then prayer, in cockpit of doomed Lion Air jet

As the seconds ticked by, the pilot handed the controls to his co-pilot and flipped through the pages of a technical manual, trying to figure out what was happening.

  • by Hannah Beech and Muktita Suhartono