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Coronavirus: Hong Kong on alert as China lockdown tightens
on 2020-01-25 at 13:50
As the number of global cases tops 1,300 with 41 deaths reported, Hong Kong has declared an emergency. China, which has already instigated a lockdown in 18 cities, announced it would limit inter-province travel.
China coronavirus spread is accelerating, Xi Jinping warns
on 2020-01-25 at 13:49
China’s president tells a high-level meeting that the country faces a “grave situation”.
China scrambles to build hospital in 10 days
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 12:48
China is scrambling to build a 1,000-bed hospital in just 10 days as authorities grapple with the spiralling outbreak of a virus that has left at least 41 dead, and infected hundreds of others.
China: Coronavirus fears puts damper on Lunar New Year
on 2020-01-25 at 07:28
Many celebrations to mark one of China’s most important holidays, and the Year of the Rat, have been called off as the coronavirus death toll mounts. Fear and travel restrictions are keeping people at home.
China virus death toll rises to 41, more than 1,300 infected worldwide
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-25 at 01:33
The virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan, already on lockdown, banned most vehicle use downtown and Hong Kong said it would close schools for two weeks as authorities scrambled Saturday to stop the spread of an illness that has infected more than 1,200 people and killed 41.
Why China’s LGBT hide their identities at Lunar New Year
on 2020-01-25 at 00:14
Representation of China’s LGBT community is improving but many still struggle during Lunar New Year.
Coronavirus: How can China build a hospital so quickly?
on 2020-01-25 at 00:03
Wuhan is building a new hospital that will be finished within six days, according to China’s state media.
Avalanche survivors in Pakistan-administered Kashmir tell of horror
on 2020-01-25 at 00:01
Journalist Sajid Mir trekked for hours to reach villagers cut off in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.
Chinese diasporas on edge over coronavirus
on 2020-01-24 at 23:33
Chinese overseas are concerned for their own health and that of their families back home.
Coronavirus: How worried should we be?
on 2020-01-24 at 22:53
Hundreds of people people have been infected with a newly-discovered virus.
Six graphics to explain coronavirus
on 2020-01-24 at 22:13
Six maps and graphics explaining how the respiratory virus has spread and how it is being dealt with.
Vietnamese police fine men filmed showering while riding motorbike
on 2020-01-24 at 17:08
Footage shows the men washing themselves with soap and a bucket of water in southern Vietnam.
Chinese New Year: What you need to know
on 2020-01-24 at 17:01
Here’s what you need to know about one of the world’s biggest celebrations
‘We’ve got enough food and water to last 10 days’
on 2020-01-24 at 12:39
Chinese nationals in Wuhan on the hopes and fears during life in a locked-down city of 11 million.
Coronavirus: Life as a foreigner in Wuhan
on 2020-01-24 at 12:20
What’s it like for those in the Chinese cities in lockdown over the spread of a new virus.
Japan postman ‘could not be bothered’ to deliver 24,000 items
on 2020-01-24 at 12:13
The unnamed 61-year-old man reportedly told police it was “too much bother to deliver them”.
Scientists still ‘don’t know the source’ of Wuhan coronavirus
on 2020-01-24 at 12:08
As China takes measures to stop the spread of the virus, health officials are working to understand how it is transmitted. DW spoke with infectious disease expert Raina MacIntyre about what could happen next.
Singapore minister sued in ‘fake news’ row over botched executions
on 2020-01-24 at 11:53
A Malaysian rights group has launched legal action after Singapore ordered a correction to an article accusing the city-state of illegal execution practices. In 2018, Singapore hanged 13 people, mostly for drug offenses.
Serena Williams knocked out of Australian Open by Wang Qiang in third round
on 2020-01-24 at 07:21
Serena Williams says she made “far too many errors to be a professional athlete” as she was knocked out in the Australian Open third round.
China expands transport lockdowns and scraps New Year festivities as virus toll rises
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-24 at 07:15
China will take stricter and more targeted measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, state television reported, citing a state council meeting on virus control on Friday. The virus has killed 26 people and infected more than 800, with public transport suspensions in 10 cities, temples shutting, and the rapid construction of a new hospital to treat those infected.
George Soros takes aim at President Xi and Trump
on 2020-01-24 at 07:01
“The world would be a better place if they weren’t in power,” Mr Soros said at Davos.
China’s travel industry counts cost of coronavirus
on 2020-01-24 at 06:04
Airlines and hotels are having to pay out refunds to tourists affected by the deadly outbreak.
China virus: What’s life like in quarantined Wuhan?
on 2020-01-24 at 05:40
The city is at the centre of a deadly virus outbreak, and has been sealed off by authorities.
Australia fires: US crew killed in air tanker crash identified
on 2020-01-24 at 04:17
The three victims of an air tanker crash had extensive experience fighting fires, their employer says.
North Korea names senior army officer as new foreign minister
on 2020-01-24 at 04:00
The move could be a sign that the country is ready to take a tougher stance on nuclear talks with the US. The newly-appointed minister has no real experience in negotiating with Washington or nuclear issues.
Indonesian needlefish boy: ‘A fish jumped out of the sea and stabbed my neck’
on 2020-01-24 at 03:57
Muhammad Idul tells the BBC the force threw him from his boat before a desperate race to hospital.
Coronavirus: Chinese embassy in Paris finds woman who ‘cheated’ checks
on 2020-01-24 at 03:09
The woman boasted about taking medicine to bring her temperature down in order to clear customs.
China coronavirus: The lessons learned from the Sars outbreak
on 2020-01-24 at 00:45
Almost two decades after Sars, a new mystery virus puts China back in the global spotlight.
Giant koala sand art captures Australian bushfires emotions
on 2020-01-24 at 00:28
Australian artist “Edward” channelled his “raw emotion” about the bushfires into the artwork.
Coronavirus: What are viruses? And how do they spread?
on 2020-01-24 at 00:09
Concerns are growing that the recently-detected coronavirus may spread. Dr Rosalind Eggo explains how that can happen.
China cancels Lunar New Year events over deadly virus fears
on 2020-01-23 at 14:27
China is taking unprecedented steps aimed at containing the SARS-like virus outbreak. Authorities are seeking to control the spread of the disease in the lead up to the world’s biggest annual human migration.
More Chinese cities shut down, New Year events cancelled as deadly virus spreads
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-23 at 12:54
China announced that it will curtail certain Lunar New Year events amid a lockdown in eight cities as it seeks to limit the spread of the coronavirus. The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday it was “too early” to declare the virus a global health emergency.
Are packages safe, and other questions answered
on 2020-01-23 at 12:51
Are packages bought from Wuhan safe? And is there a reason such viruses are emerging more from China?
Doctor: Thousands of people at Wuhan hospitals
on 2020-01-23 at 12:41
A doctor at a Wuhan hospital tells BBC News of her alarm at the spread of the outbreak.
Coronavirus: Virus fears trigger Shanghai face mask shortage
on 2020-01-23 at 12:14
Customers queue outside a pharmacy in Shanghai to buy face masks in bid to avoid new coronavirus.
Wuhan lockdown: China takes extreme measures to stop virus spread
on 2020-01-23 at 12:03
China has locked down a city of 11 million ahead of a major public holiday as fears of a coronavirus epidemic grow. Residents are concerned about food shortages and overloaded hospitals.
Rohingya crisis: The Gambian who took Aung San Suu Kyi to the world court
on 2020-01-23 at 11:06
Gambian Abubacarr Tambadou has forced the Nobel laureate to defend Myanmar against genocide charges.
International Court of Justice orders Myanmar to prevent genocide against Rohingya
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-23 at 10:42
The International Court of Justice on Thursday ordered Myanmar to take urgent measures to protect its Muslim Rohingya population from persecution and atrocities, and preserve evidence of alleged crimes against them.
Coronavirus: How do you quarantine a city – and does it work?
on 2020-01-23 at 10:21
People in Wuhan are being stopped from leaving – but it may not prevent the virus from spreading.
Rohingya face genocide threat, rules UN top court
on 2020-01-23 at 10:01
The International Court of Justice says provisional measures must be implemented to protect Myanmar’s Rohingya minority. In 2017, over 700,000 Rohingya fled to Bangladesh to escape violence from Myanmar security forces.
Coronavirus: British passenger ‘wasn’t sure’ he could get out of Wuhan
on 2020-01-23 at 08:06
British passenger describes the journey from the virus-hit Chinese city of Wuhan after the spread of coronavirus.
Why Uber Eats couldn’t deliver in India
on 2020-01-23 at 07:10
Why did Uber sell its food delivery service in India to local rival Zomato?
Aircraft fighting bushfires crashes in Australia, killing three crewmembers
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-01-23 at 04:17
Three American crew helping to battle Australia’s devastating bushfires were killed Thursday when their water-bombing plane crashed in mountainous terrain during a sortie to tackle another outbreak of the deadly blazes.
China shuts down public transport in city at centre of virus outbreak
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-23 at 02:01
China placed Wuhan, the city at the centre of a virus outbreak, under effective quarantine on Thursday, suspending outbound flights and trains in a drastic step to contain a contagious disease that has killed 17, stricken hundreds and reached other countries.
Wuhan: The London-sized city where the virus began
on 2020-01-23 at 01:30
It may not be as famous as Beijing or Shanghai, but Wuhan is a huge city with global connections.
Can wearing masks stop the spread of viruses?
on 2020-01-23 at 01:08
Surgical masks have been used to prevent illness in China for decades.
Three generations join Delhi women’s citizenship sit-in
on 2020-01-23 at 00:30
Thousands of women are camping out in a Delhi suburb in protest over a law they see as anti-Muslim.
India citizenship law protests spearheaded by women
on 2020-01-22 at 14:16
India’s women have taken the lead in speaking out for people who will be affected by a controversial citizenship law. Although they are often targets of violence, they say the protests will continue.
Coronavirus cases spread fear in East Asian countries
on 2020-01-22 at 13:40
A mysterious virus that began in China has already spread to several East Asian countries. Experts fear that Lunar New Year travelers will take the virus with them and cause further outbreaks. Julian Ryall reports.
India’s top court rules against immediately suspending citizenship law
on 2020-01-22 at 10:28
India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which sparked deadly protests over fears it discriminates Muslims, will not be suspended. PM Modi’s government has four weeks to respond to legal challenges ahead of the next hearing.
Australia fires: ‘I can’t explain Morrison actions’
on 2020-01-22 at 06:23
Ex-Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull says Scott Morrison has failed to act like a leader during the crisis.
New China virus: ‘Don’t go to Wuhan, don’t leave Wuhan’
on 2020-01-22 at 06:14
Travellers are advised not to visit the Chinese city from which the new virus originated.
Earth’s oldest asteroid impact ‘may have ended ice age’
on 2020-01-22 at 03:24
The 2.2 billion-year-old asteroid impact may explain the end of an ice age, scientists say.
Australia fires: ‘Incredible’ signs of life return to burned bush
on 2020-01-22 at 00:08
Australia’s bushfire crisis has crippled habitats, but in some places life is starting to return.
China coronavirus: What we know so far
on 2020-01-22 at 00:02
The BBC’s online health editor explains what we know about the coronavirus.
The challenge of photographing Taal volcano
on 2020-01-21 at 21:09
Photographer Ezra Acayan describes the risky business of shooting a volcano as it erupts.
Opinion: Taiwan’s courageous president
on 2020-01-21 at 17:04
Taiwan’s liberal president, Tsai Ing-wen, has been re-elected, and the island has once again confirmed its democratic character and difference from mainland China. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province.
Thai court acquits opposition party of attempting to overthrow monarchy
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-21 at 06:46
Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday acquitted the country’s third-biggest political party of seeking the overthrow of the country’s constitutional monarchy, a case that had highlighted ongoing political divisions in the Southeast Asian nation.
New China virus: ‘Wash your hands, be honest with your doctors’
on 2020-01-21 at 05:56
A public health expert gives advice on how to try and avoid infection from the new China virus.
‘Earth sandwich’ made by two men 20,000km apart
on 2020-01-21 at 03:53
To make an Earth sandwich, you need two people at precise points on opposite sides of the globe.
Can India and Malaysia afford a prolonged trade spat?
on 2020-01-20 at 15:15
The Indian government has imposed trade restrictions on Malaysian palm oil following the Southeast Asian country’s criticism of PM Modi’s "anti-Muslim" policies. Can the two countries resolve their differences?
The Sri Lankan hotel where an elephant is a guest
on 2020-01-20 at 12:29
Natta Kota, a fully grown Asian bull elephant, can often be found roaming around a Sri Lankan hotel.
Australia: Extreme weather in pictures
on 2020-01-20 at 12:21
A gallery of recent extreme weather in Australia.
Threatened species even more at risk due to Australia’s bushfires
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-20 at 03:39
Australia’s bushfires have burned more than half the known habitat of 100 threatened plants and animals, including 32 critically endangered species, the government said Monday.
The traditional dance where men perform as women
on 2020-01-20 at 00:18
Rianto is a master of Lengger Lanang, a traditional Indonesia dance where men perform as women.
China’s struggle to move away from coal
on 2020-01-20 at 00:16
China is a country caught in the middle of a global struggle: to develop but also be green.
Storms, flash floods douse parts of bushfire-stricken Australia
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-18 at 14:00
Parts of Australia’s east coast were hit by severe storms on Saturday, dousing some of the bushfires that have devastated the region for months but causing road closures and flash flooding.
Philippines: Taal volcano residents turn ash and plastic waste into bricks
on 2020-01-18 at 10:31
A Philippine city blanketed in ash has turned adversity into an opportunity. In a time of disaster, residents have got creative by mixing volcano ash and trash to help reconstruct communities ravaged by Taal.
China reports new cases of Wuhan virus ahead of key holiday
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-01-18 at 07:03
Chinese health authorities said on Saturday they had discovered four more cases of pneumonia following an outbreak of what is believed to be a new coronavirus strain in the central city of Wuhan, raising concerns that the disease could spread further.
Pakistan two-star general: Farewell to a social media celebrity
on 2020-01-18 at 00:14
Pakistan’s military spokesman leaves his post after three headline-grabbing years, to praise and criticism.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos faces protest in India over negative Washington Post coverage
on 2020-01-17 at 16:11
Although Bezos promised $1 billion worth of investment during his visit to India, the Amazon CEO and newspaper owner was criticized by Indian government officials over negative coverage of PM Modi’s policies.
Japanese minister wants to set an example by taking paternity leave
on 2020-01-17 at 13:57
Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi is promoting the government’s agenda encouraging people to have more children by taking two weeks off — a relatively long time in Japan’s workaholic culture.
Australian Open 2020: Margaret Court to be ‘recognised’ – why is she such a divisive figure?
on 2020-01-17 at 00:01
Margaret Court was a quiet champion, unrivalled in sport but shy in public. Now she is at the centre of a polemic set to play out its latest chapter.