Wed, 08 Dec 2021

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) lost in one of two by-elections held ahead of the general election this weekend but won the other.

As two LDP lawmakers resigned, the by-elections for vacant seats in the upper chamber of parliament took place in the Yamaguchi and Shizuoka constituencies. The by-elections, which were the first national contests held since Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio took office on Oct. 4, were closely watched as a bellwether for the general election. (Japan-By-Elections)

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SINGAPORE -- Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA) announced Monday that it intends to issue two Requests for Proposal (RFP) for up to four gigawatts (GW) of low-carbon electricity imports into the country by 2035.

This is part of Singapore's efforts to decarbonize its power sector and enhance energy security by diversifying energy supply sources, the EMA said in a media release at the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2021. (Singapore-Electricity Imports-EMA)

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CANBERRA -- The head of Australia's COVID-19 vaccine rollout has said a decision on booster shots for the general population is "imminent".

Lieutenant General John Frewen, the head of Australia's COVID-19 Taskforce, on Monday said he expects medical regulators to give the green light for booster vaccines within days. (Australia-Canberra-COVID)

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VIENTIANE -- The Lao People's Revolutionary Party (LPRP) Central Committee has resolved to systematically address issues concerning the inflation rate and debt, while creating more jobs.

The party's 11th tenure central committee adopted the resolution at the conclusion of its third Plenary Session, which convened on Oct. 18-22, local daily Vientiane Times reported on Monday. (Laos-LDRP-Meeting)

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