Fri, 08 Dec 2023

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said on Friday that his government will prioritize dealing with the cost of living to ease the burden on the people.

In his first press conference after clocking in for the job, Anwar said he has asked the relevant government agencies to conduct detailed discussions and take immediate action to ease the burden of rising prices on the people. (Malaysia-PM-Cost of Living)

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TOKYO -- Japan's space agency admitted on Friday that one of its research teams "fabricated" and "altered large amounts of data" related to an experiment simulating life on the International Space Station.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency told a press conference that the research team, headed by Satoshi Furukawa, "fabricated" as well as "altered large amounts of data" related to the mental health of the participants in the experiment simulating life on the space station. (Japan-Space-Fabricated Data)

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JAKARTA -- The death toll of the 5.6-magnitude earthquake hitting Indonesia's West Java province increased to 310, and 24 others were still missing, an official said on Friday.

"The search operation carried out by rescuers found more bodies on Friday, bringing the death toll up to 310," head of the national disaster management Agency Suharyanto told a press conference. (Indonesia-Earthquake-Death Toll)

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CANBERRA -- Australia has reported a small uptick in active COVID-19 cases as the country nears the peak of its fourth wave of infections.

According to Department of Health data, there were an average of 11,953 new cases recorded daily in the week to Friday. (Australia-COVID19-Cases)

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