TOKYO -- Japan's Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) carried out a drill in the western city of Osaka for deploying ground-based PAC-3 interceptor missiles, local media said on Thursday.
According to Japan's public broadcaster NHK, the training exercise which deployed the anti-missile batteries was conducted in the Maishima seaside area. (Japan-ASDF-Anti Missile Drill)
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JAKARTA -- Indonesia will lift an export ban on crude palm oil, cooking oil, refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) palm oil, and RBD palm olein starting May 23, as the country has brought domestic cooking oil prices and supply under control.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo said at a virtual press briefing on Thursday that the cooking oil supply in the local market has reached 211,000 tons, far higher than 64,000 tons the country had before the ban was imposed on April 28. (Indonesia-Palm Oil-Export)
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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday appointed former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed to coordinate relief efforts for Sri Lanka globally amid an economic crisis.
The Prime Minister's Office said that following discussions between Nasheed and Wickremesinghe in Colombo, Nasheed offered to assist Sri Lanka in securing relief for the country from foreign nations. (Sri Lanka-Economic Crisis)
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MANILA -- A fire raced through a slum near the main port in the Philippine capital on Thursday night, threatening many vessels docked in the area, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said.
PCG spokesperson Commodore Armando Balilo said the fire broke out before 8 p.m. local time in the crowded Baseco slum along the rim of Manila Bay and continued to rage for nearly two hours. (Philippines-Fire-Manila)