Sun, 28 May 2023

HONG KONG -- For more than two years, Hong Konger Au Ka-ki has not traveled to Shenzhen for weekends as she used to before the COVID-19 pandemic. But she is still able to buy a cup of milk tea from her favorite mainland drink brand at a shop nearby.

In Times Square, one of the most bustling business hubs of Hong Kong, Au and her husband ordered a cup of mango tea from HEYTEA, a popular drink chain that often sees long queues in the mainland. (Hong Kong-Mainland-Culture Exchange, HKSAR 25)

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CANBERRA -- Younger and educated voters were instrumental in the Labor Party's victory in Australia's general election, research has found.

Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese claimed victory in the general election on May 21, ending the conservative coalition's nine-year hold on power.

In a survey published on Monday, researchers from Australian National University (ANU) found voters' age and their level of education were the key factors in Labor's victory and a collapse in support for the Coalition. (Australia-Election-Voters)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol's approval rating stayed at 48.0 percent last week, unchanged compared to the previous week, a weekly poll showed Monday.

The negative assessment on Yoon's conduct of state affairs gained 1.2 percentage points to 45.4 percent, according to local pollster Realmeter. (South Korea-Presidential Approval Rating)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported 1,690 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Sunday, bringing the national total to 4,540,612, according to the health ministry.

There are 10 new imported cases and 1,680 local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

No new deaths have been reported, leaving the death toll at 35,732. (Malaysia-COVID 19-Cases-Update)

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