ASIA NEWS BITES: Pieces of Myanmar Plane Found at Sea; Apple Workers Selling User Info; Japan’s Self-Driving Cargo Ships; ISIS Claims Death of Chinese in Pakistan

ASIA NEWS BITES: Pieces of Myanmar Plane Found at Sea; Apple Workers Selling User Info; Japan’s Self-Driving Cargo Ships; ISIS Claims Death of Chinese in Pakistan
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What you need to know

A quick roundup of the most important news from around the region.

Myanmar:

Pieces of a Myanmar military plane which went missing with more than 100 soldiers and family members aboard were found in the Andaman Sea late Wednesday, a local official said. - The Myanmar Times

Lightning strikes kill 57, 19 killed by strong winds. - The Myanmar Times

The Myanmar Press Council announced last Monday that despite its efforts to negotiate with the military, two journalists from The Voice Daily had been arrested over publication of an article. - The Myanmar Times

China:

Islamic State fighters executed two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped from southwestern Pakistan last month, the group claimed Thursday, a development likely to raise concerns about the security of foreign nationals in Pakistan. - The Wall Street Journal

The Alibaba Group signaled on Thursday that for all the global worries about China’s rising debt and bloated state industries, its economy still enjoys a strong pillar of support: online shoppers. - The New York Times

China's powerful Cyberspace Agency has shuttered around 60 social media accounts on major platforms amid a crackdown on celebrity news and gossip. - Radio Free Asia

China is working to clear up a badly polluted environment and has thrown its weight behind efforts to combat climate change. Beijing is happy to talk to US states that disagree with President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accord. - Channel News Asia

Chinese authorities say they have uncovered a massive underground operation run by Apple employees selling computer and phone users’ personal data. - AFP via Hong Kong Free Press

Xinjiang:

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are doubling down on a bid to prevent Muslim Uyghurs from fasting and praying during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan by embedding Chinese officials in their homes, according to official sources. - Radio Free Asia

Japan:

Japan’s Parliament opened the door to modernizing the Chrysanthemum Throne on Friday, unanimously passing a special law allowing the ailing Emperor Akihito to retire, and proposing that the government consider letting the royal bloodline pass through the women of the imperial family. - The New York Times

Toshiba didn’t know its U.S. nuclear subsidiary was preparing for a bankruptcy filing even after the unit had hired lawyers for the task, according to court records and Toshiba’s official timeline. - The Wall Street Journal

Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade. Shipbuilders and shipping firms believe autonomous ships will reduce accidents by removing potential for human error. - The Gurdian

Cambodia:

The Defense Ministry is investigating an allegation by Thai authorities this week that weapons have been illegally smuggled across the border from Cambodia, according to a government spokesman. - The Cambodia Daily

North Korea:

Mobile phone-based foreign currency payments now available in N. Korea. New service is part of the government attempt to monitor foreign currency use, experts say. - North Korea News

South Korea:

An event campaigning against the consumption of dog meat will take place at Seoul Plaza in front of City Hall next month.- The Korea Times

North Korea fired what appeared to be several land-to-ship missiles off its east coast on Thursday, South Korea's military said, a day after the South postponed full deployment of a controversial U.S. anti-missile system designed to deter a North Korean attack. - Reuters

Malaysia:

The Malaysian government has removed a category on "preventing" homosexuality from a sex education video competition for young people, following an outcry among activists. - BBC

Malaysian anti-graft investigators began collecting documents at the headquarters of Felda Global Ventures Holdings (FGV) on Thursday (Jun 8), in their probe into allegations of corruption and abuse of power at the world's third-largest palm oil company.- Channel News Asia

Singapore:

The Ministry of Defence will work with educational institutions to identify students who could serve in cyber defence vocations when they do their national service, said Second Minister for Defence Ong Ye Kung. - Channel News Asia

Hong Kong:

Exposure to PM2.5 particulates small enough to lodge deep in the lungs and most harmful to human health have been found to be just as high – or higher – inside people’s homes as they are outdoors or during the commute to work on an average weekday. - South China Morning Post

Home prices in Hong Kong could fall by nearly half over the next 10 years as a rapidly aging population coupled with rising supply of new flats will dent demand, according to a report by Deutsche Bank. - Hong Kong Free Press

Taiwan:

Indigenous people in Taiwan can legally hunt to provide food for themselves and their families, according to an interpretation of the Wildlife Conservation Act published by the government Thursday. - Central News Agency via The News Lens

Indonesia:

The Attorney General has withdrawn an appeal regarding a two years' sentence for former Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama in a blasphemy case. - The Jarkata Globe

From a Peruvian trout farm manager to the head of an Indonesian meatball company, a list of 500 women entrepreneurs in emerging markets was launched on Thursday (08/06) to challenge the stereotype of a typical company boss and inspire women globally. - The Jarkata Globe

Philippines:

The Philippines has partially lifted the ban on overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) going to Qatar, a day after it was imposed.- BBC

Indonesian and Philippine authorities have arrested several people suspected of links to Islamic militants who overran a city in the southern Philippines and two others who allegedly helped inspire a double suicide bombing in Jakarta, officials said Thursday. - The Philippine Star


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