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China’s most popular app is a propaganda tool teaching Xi Jinping Thought

Released by China’s Communist Party, the app is helping cadres learn more about its political doctrine.

The Xuexi Qiangguo app is now the most downloaded item on Apple’s App Store in China. — SCMP

Man fined US$3,600 after threatening his wife’s lover, who fell to his death

His wife's lover fell to his death while trying to flee after being caught red-handed.

Media groups slam arrest, ask for charges against Maria Ressa to be dropped

PETALING JAYA: International and local media groups have criticised the arrest of veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa, and are urging that the cyber libel case against her news site Rappler be dropped.

China’s gig economy losing ability to absorb laid off factory workers

Ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing, online food delivery platform Meituan Dianping as well as streaming services like Huya, Douyu and Kuaishou are facing challenges.

New economy’s ability to absorb unemployed workers from other industries hampered by economic slowdown, saturation of markets and tighter regulations. — SCMP

China’s peace efforts lauded

NEW YORK: During an exhibition at the UN headquarters showcasing China’s contributions in safeguarding world peace, Atul Khare, UN undersecretary-general for field support, joined other UN officials in applauding China’s achievements and commitment to peacekeeping.

Carpenter ‘repairs’ history

SHANGHAI: Carpenter Ma Jiale has spent much of his working life lovingly repairing some of Shanghai’s most attractive – if rather decrepit – historical buildings.

Craft with care: Ma repairing a door frame in an old building in Shanghai. — AFP

S. Korean MP not sorry for remarks

SEOULl: The speaker of South Korea’s parliament said he had no intention to apologise for his comments about Japan’s emperor, suggesting the issue could continue to stoke tensions between the neighbours.

Uighurs’ kin demand ‘proof of life’ videos

BEIJING: Ethnic Uighurs have launched a global campaign to press China for video proof that their missing relatives are alive, turning the tables on Beijing’s use of video to counter claims that a renowned Uighur had died in custody.

Japan gay couples seek marriage rights in Valentine’s lawsuit

TOKYO: Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected.

S. Korea pushes back against Trump’s claims

SEOUL: South Korea’s presidential Blue House pushed back against comments by US President Donald Trump that suggested Seoul had agreed to pay US$500mil (RM2bil) more towards maintaining US troops in the country.

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