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Australia closes state border for first time in 100 years to stop spread of Covid-19
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-06 at 02:33
The border between Australia’s two most populous states will close from Tuesday for an indefinite period, Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews said on Monday, following an outbreak of the coronavirus in his state.
Desperate search for survivors as dozens feared dead in southwest Japan floods
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-06 at 02:08
Rescue workers in Japan on Monday combed through the wreckage of houses shattered by deadly floods and landslides in a desperate search for survivors as the death toll rose and more torrential rain loomed.
Coronavirus: Australia to close Victoria-New South Wales border
on 2020-07-06 at 01:45
The first closure of the border since the pandemic began follows a sharp rise in cases in Melbourne.
The North Korean refugees supplying PPE to care homes
on 2020-07-06 at 00:11
The North Korean refugees who have donated 7,000 sets of PPE to care homes in the north of England.
Coronavirus in Singapore: Election campaigning without the handshakes
on 2020-07-05 at 23:33
Wooing the public typically involves lots of physical interaction, but this vote’s a little different.
Japan’s ‘most powerful’ woman wins second term as Tokyo governor
on 2020-07-05 at 17:11
Tipped to be the first female prime minister of Japan, Yuriko Koike has been re-elected for a second term as governor of Tokyo. The former defense minister has been praised for the capital’s response to the pandemic.
Hong Kong security law: Pro-democracy books pulled from libraries
on 2020-07-05 at 14:52
Prominent activist Joshua Wong says the measure is “one step away from actual book banning”.
Japan: Fresh rainfall, mudslides warning in flood-hit Kyushu island
on 2020-07-05 at 13:32
Dozens of people are now confirmed or presumed dead amid floods and landslides triggered by torrential downpours on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu. The bad conditions are hampering search and rescue operations.
Japan flooding leaves dozens dead and missing
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-05 at 12:25
About 34 people are either confirmed or feared dead — including 14 at a nursing home — after torrential rain in Japan triggered massive floods and mudslides, authorities said Sunday.
Japan flooding: Fourteen dead in flooded care home
on 2020-07-05 at 09:26
At least 16 people have died and a dozen are missing on the island of Kyushu amid devastating rains.
Coronavirus funerals: Sri Lanka’s Muslims decry forced cremation
on 2020-07-05 at 04:48
Sri Lankan authorities insist on cremation for coronavirus victims. Some Muslims says its discrimination.
The Grand Old Man of India who became Britain’s first Asian MP
on 2020-07-04 at 23:55
Indian-born Dadabhai Naoroji was the first Asian to sit in the House of Commons.
‘Why I’ve used skin-whitening products’
on 2020-07-04 at 23:40
Radio 1 Newsbeat ask people from South Asian backgrounds about using of skin-lightening products.
Coronavirus: Why Singapore turned to wearable contact-tracing tech
on 2020-07-04 at 23:01
The TraceTogether Token is designed to make an app more effective, but worries privacy campaigners.
Japan: Several feared dead as torrential rains wreak havoc
on 2020-07-04 at 19:30
Heavy rainfall on one of Japan’s main islands, Kyushu, has triggered severe flooding and landslides. More than a dozen people are presumed dead and tens of thousands have been urged to leave their homes.
India: Animal rights activists hail dog meat ban
on 2020-07-04 at 16:21
Nagaland has prohibited the sale, import and trade of dogs to be used for food, in a move celebrated by activists. An estimated 30,000 dogs a year were smuggled and reportedly "beaten to death with wooden clubs."
Australia shark attack: Man killed spearfishing near Fraser Island
on 2020-07-04 at 16:08
The 36-year-old was bitten on the leg in waters near Queensland’s popular Fraser Island.
Hong Kong libraries pull books by territory’s pro-democracy activists in wake of China security law
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-04 at 15:20
Books written by prominent Hong Kong democracy activists have started to disappear from the territory’s libraries, online records show, days after Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the finance hub.
Nagaland dog meat: Animal rights groups hail ban as ‘major turning point’
on 2020-07-04 at 01:20
Animal rights groups say a ban on the sale of dog meat in Nagaland is a milestone.
India coronavirus: Questions over death of man ‘turned away by 18 hospitals’
on 2020-07-04 at 00:26
Bhawarlal Sujani breathed his last at the doorstep of a hospital that had refused to admit him.
Coronavirus: Japan’s mysteriously low virus death rate
on 2020-07-03 at 23:53
Japan had no lockdown, it has an elderly population – so why haven’t more people died from Covid-19?
Coronavirus: Yo! Sushi adapts conveyor belt system
on 2020-07-03 at 21:41
As Yo! Sushi prepares to reopen some restaurants in England, it has had to adapt its conveyor belt system.
Mining disasters continue in Myanmar despite regulations
on 2020-07-03 at 15:33
Following a deadly mudslide that left 160 jade miners dead in northern Myanmar, experts say that a lack of enforcement of safety regulations keeps laborers working under hazardous conditions.
Joshua Wong denies ‘pleading to Germany’ for Hong Kong intervention
on 2020-07-03 at 14:30
Prominent Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong has denied telling a German newspaper that he "asked the German government to call out injustice" in the city. Wong said "the content of the report is inaccurate."
Coronavirus: Singapore hotels prepare for different summer season
on 2020-07-03 at 14:12
Staff in Singapore’s hotels are preparing for a very different kind of summer season.
Nepal: Independent media struggles to survive amid pandemic pressure
on 2020-07-03 at 12:24
While independent media outlets flounder amid mass revenue losses due to the nationwide lockdown, the Nepalese government has turned its focus to boosting state-run media. Lekhanath Pandey reports from Kathmandu.
US Congress unanimously votes for ‘Hong Kong Autonomy Act’ to sanction China-linked banks
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-03 at 00:23
The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation on Thursday to penalize banks doing business with Chinese officials who implement Beijing’s draconian new national security law on Hong Kong, sending it to the White House for President Donald Trump’s signature.
Sky is the limit for Pakistan’s metal artist
on 2020-07-02 at 23:22
He trained in electrical engineering, but Nasim Yousufzai’s life is about metal sculptures and creations.
Hong Kong activist Nathan Law says he fled city
on 2020-07-02 at 18:58
Law said he fled overseas due to Beijing’s national security law imposed on the city. His announcement came as the local government made one of the most popular slogans of the city’s pro-democracy protests illegal.
India’s HIV and TB patients suffer consequences of coronavirus pandemic
on 2020-07-02 at 15:58
For those already battling infectious diseases in India, their suffering is compounded with the devastating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Tanika Godbole reports from New Delhi.
Ertugrul: ‘Muslim Game of Thrones’ grips Pakistani viewers
on 2020-07-02 at 12:52
A Turkish drama has become all the rage as millions are glued to the screen amid the pandemic. The show received widespread criticism for not only its violent, nationalist content, but also for historical inaccuracies.
Coronavirus: Will Japan be ready to host delayed Olympics next year?
on 2020-07-02 at 09:28
With the postponed Games due to open on July 23, 2021, many people question whether coronavirus pandemic will have been brought under control. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
China warns UK of ‘consequences’ over Hong Kong citizenship plan
on 2020-07-02 at 08:26
A day after the UK said they will open up a path to citizenship for 3 million Hong Kong residents because of a controversial new Chinese security law, Beijing has threatened London with "corresponding measures."
Wanchalearm Satsaksit: The Thai satirist abducted in broad daylight
on 2020-07-02 at 07:57
Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit has become the latest exiled government critic to be abducted.
Ms Marvel: Trailblazing Muslim superhero goes gaming
on 2020-07-01 at 23:03
Marvel’s first Islamic superhero will play a leading role in the forthcoming Avengers video game.
UK expands citizenship access for Hong Kong residents as China security law takes effect
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-07-01 at 21:56
Britain has extended Hong Kong residents a broader path to citizenship in response to China’s sweeping new security law for the former UK territory. China warned Britain on Thursday that it would consider retaliating for the move with “commensurate measures”.
Hong Kong’s new security law: Why it scares people
on 2020-07-01 at 16:20
New crimes with severe penalties – what the security law brought in by China means in practice.
Coronavirus in Pakistan: Blood plasma in high demand to cure COVID-19 patients
on 2020-07-01 at 15:23
The public healthcare system in Pakistan is on the brink of collapse as health authorities struggle to cope with an increasing number of coronavirus cases. S. Khan reports from Islamabad.
Coronavirus triggers mental health crisis in India
on 2020-07-01 at 11:47
India’s coronavirus crisis has pushed millions into forced isolation and unemployment. Health experts warn that anxiety, depression and suicide are on the rise and that mental health could be the country’s next crisis.
Hong Kong police make hundreds of arrests under controversial new security law
on 2020-07-01 at 09:06
Officers have arrested 370 protesters in Hong Kong, ten of whom were held for violating China’s new security law. They also fired water cannons and pepper spray at demonstrators.
Hong Kong sees first arrests under new security law on handover anniversary
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-07-01 at 01:45
Hong Kong police made their first arrests under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, detaining protesters on Wednesday for carrying flags and signs calling for Hong Kong’s independence, as Britain accused China of a “clear and serious” breach of their handover agreement.
Persuading China to switch to ‘fake’ pork
on 2020-06-30 at 23:40
Pork is China’s favourite meat dish, but will new meat substitutes tempt consumers to give up meat?
Coronavirus: The human cost of fake news in India
on 2020-06-30 at 23:39
False and misleading reports have surged in the country during the coronavirus pandemic.
India’s ban on Chinese apps threatens economic ties with Beijing
on 2020-06-30 at 16:43
Citing threats to security, New Delhi has banned dozens of Chinese apps including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser. Many young users of Chinese apps have hailed the government’s decision amid rising tensions with China.
Hong Kong security law: Residents react to controversial new powers
on 2020-06-30 at 15:50
Pro-democracy supporters say the move does not represent most Hong Kong people.
Pakistan’s Imran Khan blames India for stock exchange attack
on 2020-06-30 at 13:24
Prime Minister Imran Khan told parliament he had "no doubt" that India was behind a deadly attack on the stock exchange building in Karachi. Four gunmen attacked the building with grenades and left several dead.
Chinese study warns new swine flu virus has ‘pandemic’ potential
on 2020-06-30 at 13:09
A new virus discovered during a study on Chinese pig farms could become a potential "pandemic virus," according to researchers. Antibody tests also revealed that over 10% of pig farmers had already been infected by it.
China’s security law: The end of Hong Kong’s semi-autonomous status?
on 2020-06-30 at 13:07
Pro-democracy figures have described the security law as a "death knell" for Hong Kong. They worry that the law will "utterly change" the lives of millions in a newly created "puppet city" for mainland authorities.
Coronavirus: Uptick in Japan infections triggers second wave fears
on 2020-06-30 at 09:03
Experts say they are confused at why the coronavirus cases have not declined in the hot summer months in Japan and warn of a "very dangerous" situation when the flu season arrives. Julian Ryall reports from Tokyo.
Hong Kong security law: Minutes after new law, pro-democracy voices quit
on 2020-06-30 at 07:33
“The law marks the end of Hong Kong that the world knew before,” one activist said as he quit.
Anger as China passes controversial Hong Kong security law
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-06-30 at 01:52
China passed national security legislation for Hong Kong on Tuesday, setting the stage for the most radical changes to the former British colony’s way of life since it returned to Chinese rule almost exactly 23 years ago.
WHO sending team to China to investigate origins of coronavirus
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-29 at 19:32
Six months on from the novel coronavirus outbreak, the WHO said Monday it was sending a team to China to work towards finding the source — as it warned the pandemic was far from over.
India bans TikTok, WeChat, other Chinese apps over ‘security’ concerns
on 2020-06-29 at 16:04
Indian authorities banned dozens of mostly Chinese apps, including TikTok, WeChat and UC Browser, saying they were "prejudicial" to India’s defense, security and public order. The move follows a deadly border clash.
How pilots acquire ‘dubious’ licenses in Pakistan
on 2020-06-29 at 12:48
Pakistan has announced it will ground 262 airline pilots whose credentials may have been falsified. A probe into their qualifications claimed that the pilots cheated on their exams or had others sit in their place.
China puts 500,000 in lockdown as coronavirus cases rise again
on 2020-06-28 at 12:13
A fresh COVID-19 cluster has forced Chinese authorities to impose a strict lockdown in a province near the capital Beijing. Officials warn the coronavirus outbreak remains "severe and complicated."
Dozens arrested as Hong Kongers protest against proposed national security law
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-28 at 09:18
Hong Kong police arrested at least 53 people on Sunday after scuffles erupted during a relatively peaceful protest against planned national security legislation to be implemented by the mainland Chinese government.
India tops 500,000 coronavirus cases with record one-day tally
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-27 at 08:42
India now has more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to government figures released Saturday that showed a record daily leap of 18,500 new infections.
Pakistan unwilling to lock down anew despite fast-surging coronavirus outbreak
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-06-25 at 07:36
The coronavirus outbreak has not abated in Pakistan, where infections could top one million on current trends. According to the World Health Organization, it is seeing one of the fastest spreads of the virus anywhere in the world. But for now, Pakistani authorities have ruled out imposing a new nationwide lockdown.
China, EU exchange threats over proposed new security law in Hong Kong
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-23 at 04:01
The European Union told China on Monday to make good on a promise to open up its economy and warned of “very negative consequences” if Beijing goes ahead with a new security law on Hong Kong that the West says will curtail basic rights.
China to create ‘national security agency’ in Hong Kong despite international concerns
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-20 at 12:53
China will set up a “national security agency” in Hong Kong to oversee a forthcoming new law aimed at cracking down on dissent in the city, state media said on Saturday.
Australia under nationwide cyberattack from ‘state actor’, says PM
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-06-18 at 23:48
A “sophisticated state-based actor” has been attempting to hack a wide range of Australian organisations for months and had stepped up its efforts recently, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.
How Chinese and Indian media reacted to border clashes
on 2020-06-17 at 15:31
Indian newspapers and Chinese state media are demanding a continuation of dialogue after a bloody incident on the border. From an Indian perspective, however, New Delhi must "wake up" and assess Beijing’s push for power.
How realistic is India’s ‘Made in China’ boycott campaign?
on 2020-06-11 at 11:22
Chinese and Indian troops have been locked in aggressive posturing at multiple locations in the Himalayan region. Now, many Indians are calling for a boycott of Chinese products, including social media apps like TikTok.