Sun, 14 Aug 2022

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's inflation, as measured by consumer price index, increased 2.8 percent in May from a year ago due to higher food inflation, official data showed Friday.

The increase surpassed the average inflation of 1.9 percent in Malaysia for the period of January 2011 to May 2022.

The Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) said in a statement that food inflation surged 5.2 percent in May, the highest since November 2011, as 93 percent of items in the food group recorded increases. (Malaysia-Inflation)

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PHNOM PENH -- The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen won a landslide victory in the fifth commune elections on June 5, according to official results released by the National Election Committee (NEC) on Friday.

Seventeen political parties contested in the polls for the 11,622 positions of commune councilors in 1,652 communes across the Southeast Asian nation for the next five years.

The NEC said the CPP won 9,376 seats, or 80.6 percent, while the main opposition Candlelight Party got 2,198 seats, or 18.9 percent. (Cambodia-Commune Elections-Results)

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KABUL -- At least five people were killed and 11 others wounded when an aftershock hit a district of the quake-hit eastern Afghan region on Friday, an official source said.

"Unfortunately, once again an earthquake hit Gayan district of Paktika province roughly at 10 a.m. local time Friday (0530 GMT) based on the initial information, five people were martyred and 11 others wounded," the Afghan Ministry of Public Health said on Twitter.

On early Wednesday, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake jolted parts of Afghanistan including the capital city Kabul, more than 1,000 people have been confirmed dead and over 1,500 others were injured in Paktika and the neighboring Khost province. (Afghanistan-Aftershock)

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