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Indonesia completes 190 multi-family homes

Jakarta: The Public Works and Housing Ministry has completed the construction of 190 of a planned 699 huntara (temporary multi-family homes) to support disaster recovery efforts in Palu, Central Sulawesi.

Work in progress: Workers building temporary houses in Petobo, South Palu, for earthquake survivors. — The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network

Mask shortage in Bangkok

BANGKOK: After spending several days choking on high levels of fine particle dust, many Bangkok residents have opted for masks to protect themselves.

Staying safe: People wearing masks as they commute to work after the air quality reached hazardous levels in Bangkok. — Reuters

Indonesia denies ransom paid to release Abu Sayyaf hostage

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Philippines-based armed group Abu Sayyaf recently released an Indonesian hostage who was featured in a viral video pleading for his life, but Jakarta denies that ransom was paid to the kidnappers to secure his release.

Ahmad Baedowi (left), one of the negotiators who helped in the release of 10 Indonesian ship crewmembers held hostage by the Abu Sayyaf group, shakes hands with the ship's crew coordinator Julian Philip in a jungle in Sulu on May 1, during the release process. – The Jakarta Post/ANN

Chinese lunar lander’s cotton seeds spring to life on far side of moon

Chang’e 4’s test load of six organisms beginning to flourish, experiment chiefs say.

Jet Li looks in much better health alongside Jack Ma at Alibaba chairman’s awards ceremony

Martial arts legend looks to be in fine fettle at Rural Teacher Awards in Sanya months after causing concern among fans with his frail appearance in 2018

Northern China eyes longer weekends to boost shopping

HEBEI: The northern Chinese province of Hebei is proposing giving workers Friday afternoon off while Beijing urges shops and malls to stay open later at night, as officials seek creative ways of stimulating consumption and supporting economic growth.

Age is no barrier for Chinese senior models

Shanghai: Wearing a bright floral ensemble with her short hair dyed blonde, Chinese model Ma Yinhong struts a Shanghai catwalk with a style and swagger that belie her 56 years.

Ageing with style: Ma is in high demand, working for leading fashion brands such as Dolce & Gabbana. — AFP

Singapore mulls stricter laws after gay adoption case

Singapore: Singapore’s Minister for Social and Family Development says adoption laws will be reviewed following a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court last month that allowed a gay man to adopt his five-year-old biological son.

China-Canada row escalates

Beijing: A diplomatic spat bet­ween Beijing and Ottawa intensified as Canada warned its citizens of the risk of “arbitrary enforcement” of laws in China after a Canadian drug suspect was sentenced to death.

Eye of the storm: CCTV footage showing Schellenberg in court in Dalian, Liaoning province. — Reuters

Thailand to deport model

Pattaya: A Belarusian model, who claimed she had proof of Rus­sian efforts to help Donald Trump win office, was set to be deported after being convicted nearly a year after her arrest in Thailand for participating in a “sex training course”.