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Malaysia PM Anwar to Helm Finance Ministry

By Rozanna Latiff & A. Ananthalakshmi | Reuters

Malaysia’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said Friday that he would also serve as the country’s finance minister, retaking a Cabinet role he first held 30 years ago as he looks to address a slowing economy.

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U.S. and Asian Allies Impose New Sanctions on North Korea After ICBM Test

By David Brunnstrom & Steve Holland | Reuters

The United States, South Korea, and Japan have imposed sanctions on North Korean officials connected to the country’s weapons programs after Pyongyang’s latest and largest intercontinental ballistic missile test last month.

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Chinese Solar Manufacturers Dodged U.S. Tariffs, Probe Finds

By Yuka Hayashi | The Wall Street Journal

Four leading Chinese solar-cell manufacturers circumvented U.S. tariffs by routing some of their operations through Southeast Asia, a Commerce Department investigation found, according to people familiar with it.

China’s COVID Tsar Says Fight Against Virus Entering ‘New Stage’

By Thomas Hale, Edward White, William Langley & Eleanor Olcott | Financial Times

China’s top zero-COVID enforcer says the fight against the virus has entered a “new stage” while state media have downplayed its risks, bolstering expectations that Beijing is easing its anti-pandemic approach just days after a wave of unrest.

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