Maldives says China is building projects at inflated prices

Maldives’ new finance minister said on Monday that China is executing infrastructure projects at vastly higher prices than originally proposed but the island nation cannot get out of its commitments now. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s administration, which took office this month, is reviewing contracts awarded by his predecessor Abdulla Yameen. Most went to Chinese firms
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A Japanese broadcaster cancelled a live TV appearance of the Korean band BTS after a photo went viral of a band member wearing a T-shirt showing an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of Korea’s liberation from Japan after World War II. Japanese social media was filled with chatter over the photo of Jimin wearing
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Madonna is celebrating her upcoming 60th birthday with a fundraiser for orphans and children in Malawi. The singer tells The Associated Press she’s teaming with facebook for the fundraiser, which runs from Monday through August 31. Fans can donate directly to Madonna’s Facebook page or start their own fundraiser on the social media site to
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Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has unveiled the contribution-based social security scheme for formal sector workers amidst a special programme in the capital city today. According to the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, the scheme will compulsorily be applied for formal sector workers and the government will soon launch the scheme for informal
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