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Deepika Padukone: Bollywood star questioned in Sushant Singh Rajput investigation
on 2020-09-26 at 12:58
Deepika Padukone and other stars were summoned in a drugs investigation after an actor’s death.
Tasmania pilot whales: Rescuers release 108 surviving animals
on 2020-09-26 at 09:43
Efforts now turn to the disposal of some 350 whale carcasses after Australia’s worst ever stranding.
Australia: Rescuers save 100 whales after mass stranding
on 2020-09-26 at 07:58
The pilot whales got stuck in shallow waters on the west coast of Tasmania during the country’s largest-ever recorded stranding. Rescuers were not able to save all 470 of the marine mammals.
New Japan PM Suga ‘determined’ to host Tokyo Olympics in 2021
on 2020-09-26 at 02:48
In his first international address, Suga said he is "determined" to host the Olympics next summer. Enthusiasm for the Games has dwindled amid COVID-19, with many wanting a further delay or an outright cancellation.
Philippines Troll Patrol: The woman taking on trolls on their own turf
on 2020-09-25 at 23:52
Pro-government trolling has become rampant online in the Philippines, but some people have had enough.
Croydon police officer shot dead named as Sgt Matt Ratana
on 2020-09-25 at 22:14
Tributes are paid to the “much-loved” and “talented officer” who was killed in a London custody centre.
Singapore in world first for facial verification
on 2020-09-25 at 21:32
The technology is being rolled out countrywide as part of Singapore’s national identity scheme.
Why is Singapore falling behind in press freedom?
on 2020-09-25 at 14:34
Police in Singapore are investigating the New Naratif media outlet, founded by academic and athlete PJ Thum, for publishing unauthorized paid advertisements on Facebook during the July 2020 election campaign.
Kim Jong-un apologises for killing of South Korean official – South
on 2020-09-25 at 13:38
Seoul said the man was shot dead and set alight while allegedly trying to defect to the North.
Coronavirus: ‘We’re Australian but we’re trapped in the UK’
on 2020-09-25 at 12:59
Thousands of Australians are stuck in the UK after struggling to return due to strict travel rules.
Thailand prosecutes Facebook, Google and Twitter over posts
on 2020-09-25 at 12:44
Officials say social networks failed to take down all posts that are illegal under Thai law.
Chris Dawson: Husband faces murder trial over 1982 disappearance of wife
on 2020-09-25 at 12:34
The disappearance of Lynette Dawson in 1982 was made famous in an Australian podcast series.
SP Balasubrahmanyam: Legendary Indian singer dies
on 2020-09-25 at 08:16
SP Balasubrahmanyam sang more than 40,000 songs for films in 16 Indian languages.
Bharat Bandh: India farmers block roads and trains to protest reforms
on 2020-09-25 at 07:56
Farmers in India are angry with reforms that will give private companies greater play in agriculture.
Archibald: Vincent Namatjira named art prize’s first Aboriginal winner
on 2020-09-25 at 05:44
Vincent Namatjira calls his Archibald Prize victory “a very important moment in Australian art”.
North Korea apologizes for shooting of South Korea official
on 2020-09-25 at 05:31
The death of a goverment employee was an unfortunate event that should never happened, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has said. Troops reportedly shot the man more than 10 times as part of coronavirus control measures.
Polio campaigners battle misinformation and distrust
on 2020-09-24 at 23:28
Pakistan and neighbouring Afghanistan are the only two countries in the world yet to eliminate wild polio.
Covid-19: China’s dilemma over wild meat trade
on 2020-09-24 at 23:25
Breeding snakes and types of rat for food or medicine is a source of income for some of China’s poorest people.
PMC Bank collapse: ‘We lost our money and then our son’
on 2020-09-24 at 23:18
Little has changed one year after nearly a million Indians lost their savings in a bank collapse.
‘One day everyone will use China’s digital currency’
on 2020-09-24 at 23:16
China plans a digital version of its currency, which some say could become a big global payment system.
Kevin Rudd: ‘We need to understand China’s global strategy’
on 2020-09-24 at 10:30
In an interview with DW, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said that foreign democratic governments need to familiarize themselves with China’s operational strategies towards their particular country.
Amid civilian-military conflict, does Pakistan need a new social contract?
on 2020-09-24 at 09:42
Pakistan’s opposition says the army has too much political power. The army generals say politicians don’t deliver on promises. Can Pakistan’s politicians and generals sit together and resolve their differences?
Joshua Wong: Hong Kong police release activist on bail
on 2020-09-24 at 07:02
Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong was held for attending an unauthorized rally and violating an anti-mask ban during protests last year. Wong was released after just three hours in detention.
North Korea shoots South Korean official, burns his body: Seoul
on 2020-09-24 at 06:01
Military officials from the South say that troops interrogated, shot and then burned the body of a government employee found in North Korean waters. Seoul said the man may have been trying to defect.
Missing South Korean official killed by North Korean troops, Seoul says
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-24 at 02:59
A South Korean official who went missing from a fisheries patrol boat earlier this week was shot dead by North Korean troops who later burned his body, South Korea’s military said on Thursday.
Heroes in Harm’s Way: Covid-19 show sparks sexism debate in China
on 2020-09-23 at 23:06
A new drama has China asking if women are being written out of its epidemic history.
Migrant workers in India struggle to shake off coronavirus disruption
on 2020-09-23 at 09:58
Millions of India’s migrant workers have faced severe hardships since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. As they look to return to their old jobs, they’re confronted with the grim reality of the nation’s economy.
Farm bills: Are India’s new reforms a ‘death warrant’ for farmers?
on 2020-09-23 at 03:57
The new bills will loosen rules that have long protected farmers from the vagaries of the market.
Rakhmabai Raut: The Indian child bride whose divorce Queen Victoria approved
on 2020-09-23 at 00:18
Rakhmabai Raut won a historic battle to get a divorce. But she was a pioneer in more ways than one.
Why the case of a maid who battled a millionaire has gripped Singapore
on 2020-09-22 at 23:44
The case described by some as a “David versus Goliath battle” has stirred up debate in Singapore.
In ‘defining moment’ for climate, China pledges to go carbon neutral by 2060
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-22 at 22:08
Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter will peak emissions in 2030 and go carbon neutral by 2060, in what climate activists hailed as a major step forward.
Coronavirus patients shamed and harassed in Nepal
on 2020-09-22 at 13:15
Coronavirus victims in Nepal say they have been a target of harassment in public and on social media. Rights organizations say the government has not done enough to create public awareness about the disease.
Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea workers live under a legacy of exploitation
on 2020-09-22 at 11:25
The descendants of Indian Tamil tea plantation workers remain stuck at the bottom of Sri Lankan society. Many of them continue to work under harsh conditions for a meager daily wage.
Bollywood bets on the small screen as Covid shuts cinemas
on 2020-09-22 at 00:05
The pandemic has shaken the film industry, forcing it to think outside of the box office.
India: Zomato’s ‘period leave’ sparks debate on gender, menstruation
on 2020-09-21 at 15:44
Indian food delivery service Zomato’s decision to give female employees up to 10 days of "period leave" per year has triggered a discussion about menstrual health and gender equality in the South Asian nation.
Thai protesters install plaque symbolising democracy as huge protests escalate
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-20 at 14:51
Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched once again in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers and for more democracy. Occupying a historic field in the Thai capital, the pro-democracy demonstrators installed a plaque symbolising the country’s transition to democracy to replace the 1933 original that disappeared mysteriously three years ago.
The Indian queens who modelled for the world’s first vaccine
on 2020-09-19 at 23:34
The mystery surrounding a 19th Century portrait and its role in one of the first immunisation campaigns.
‘I still spend so much time on the kids – that needs to change’
on 2020-09-19 at 23:34
Sarah Dahia from Australia takes us through her week during the coronavirus pandemic.
Singapore rolls out Covid tracing tokens
on 2020-09-19 at 23:01
Thousands of devices are being distributed to vulnerable groups such as the elderly.
Thailand anti-government rally as protesters demand fresh elections
by FRANCE24 on 2020-09-19 at 11:30
Protesters are demanding fresh elections and a new constitution, says Philip Sherwell, Asia Correspondent with The Sunday Times.
Biggest protest in Thailand in years demands democratic, monarchy reforms
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-19 at 10:04
Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers.
Pakistan outcry over police victim-blaming of gang-raped mother
on 2020-09-19 at 00:16
A police chief’s comments spark an unprecedented backlash after a woman was raped in front of her children.
Coronavirus: India’s public health system on the verge of collapse
on 2020-09-18 at 13:12
India’s hospitals are currently short of doctors, medical equipment and ICU beds, with authorities struggling to cope with an unprecedented health crisis. A surge in COVID-19 cases has overwhelmed the health system.
India’s Covid crisis sees rise in child marriage and trafficking
on 2020-09-17 at 23:37
Reports of under-age marriage and child labour rose as the lockdown pushed people deeper into poverty.
Covid-19 Singapore: A ‘pandemic of inequality’ exposed
on 2020-09-17 at 23:02
Life has returned to normal for many in Singapore, but one group of people still remain in lockdown.
Coronavirus: India will take ‘years’ to recover from unemployment crisis
on 2020-09-17 at 10:24
Job losses and economic malaise in India show no sign of slowing as the impact of the coronavirus continues to batter almost every sector. Experts say recovery will be long and difficult.
China debt dogs Maldives’ ‘bridge to prosperity’
on 2020-09-17 at 00:42
After borrowing vast sums for infrastructure projects, can the tiny island nation repay the loans?
The student daring to challenge Thailand’s monarchy
on 2020-09-16 at 23:24
Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul read out a 10-point manifesto calling for reform of the monarchy.
Coronavirus: India’s insistence on holding exams torments students
on 2020-09-16 at 13:25
Authorities are holding final year exams despite students’ protests. A worsening coronavirus crisis in the country has put the students’ lives at risk, with many of them having to travel to other cities to take exams.
Yoshihide Suga: The unexpected rise of Japan’s new prime minister
on 2020-09-16 at 06:00
What we know about the new leader who replaces long-time premier Shinzo Abe.
Japan’s Yoshihide Suga elected prime minister, to announce ‘continuity’ cabinet
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-16 at 02:33
Japan’s parliament on Wednesday elected Yoshihide Suga prime minister, with the former chief cabinet secretary expected to stick closely to policies championed by Shinzo Abe during his record-breaking tenure.
Recovering from Covid-19 in India: ‘I can’t get the images out of my head’
on 2020-09-15 at 23:04
Many patients are at the risk of suffering from PTSD, but India lacks infrastructure to treat them.
Why polio continues to be a health risk in Pakistan
on 2020-09-15 at 12:46
After Africa was declared polio-free last month, Afghanistan and Pakistan are now the only countries in the world where the disease is found. Why is polio surging in Pakistan and what can be done to curb the disease?
South Korea’s soaring suicide, self-harm rates pinned on pandemic
on 2020-09-15 at 09:40
Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, falling incomes, worsening fears about jobs and prolonged social distancing that is anathema to many South Koreans, the nation appears to be slipping into a crisis of mental health.
China Covid-19 vaccine may be ready for public in November, say officials
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-15 at 03:52
Coronavirus vaccines being developed in China may be ready for use by the general public as early as November, an official with the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said.
Greg Kelly, former aide to Nissan’s Ghosn, pleads not guilty as trial starts in Japan
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-15 at 03:35
Greg Kelly, a former aide to ex-Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a charge of financial misconduct as the trial against him began in Tokyo.
China and India reach deal to de-escalate border standoff
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-09-11 at 04:01
China and India said they had agreed to de-escalate renewed tensions on their contested Himalayan border and take steps to restore “peace and tranquillity” following a high-level diplomatic meeting in Moscow.
Coronavirus hits endangered Andaman and Nicobar tribes
on 2020-09-10 at 11:38
Some of the world’s most isolated tribes live on these Indian Ocean islands and have almost no immunity to disease. New pathogens like SARS-CoV-2 are a dire threat.
Afghan VP escapes deadly roadside bomb attack in Kabul
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-09 at 09:22
A roadside bomb in Kabul targeted first Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh on Wednesday morning but he escaped unharmed, his spokesman said. The attack killed at least 10 people.
Myanmar army deserters say officers ordered Rohingya massacres, rapes
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-08 at 20:32
Two soldiers who deserted from Myanmar’s army have testified on video that they were instructed by commanding officers to “shoot all that you see and that you hear” in villages where minority Rohingya Muslims lived, a human rights group said Tuesday.
‘Culturally tone-deaf and pandering to Beijing’: Why Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake is a scandal
by Dheepthika LAURENT on 2020-09-08 at 12:19
IN THE PAPERS – Tuesday, September 8: We look at reactions to the Saudi court decision to hand down prison sentences to eight people involved in journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder in 2018. Also, we look at why Disney’s latest live-action remake of “Mulan” is proving controversial on so many levels. Plus, France play Croatia in the Nations League for the first time since the 2018 World Cup final. Finally, a British father’s quirky gift to his son finally reveals its purpose!
Australian journalists evacuated from China over security fears
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-08 at 01:52
Two of Australia’s leading foreign correspondents in China have rushed home for their own safety after they were questioned separately by China’s Ministry of State security, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported on Tuesday.
Typhoon Haishen hits South Korea after battering Japan’s southern islands
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-07 at 03:42
South Korea hunkered down as Typhoon Haishen arrived on the shores of its southern peninsula on Monday, after the powerful storm battered Japan’s southern islands but appeared to pass through without major damage or casualties.
Hundreds arrested as Hong Kong police swoop on protests over postponed poll
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-09-06 at 16:08
Nearly 300 people were arrested by Hong Kong police on Sunday as riot officers swooped on democracy protesters opposed to the postponement of local elections.
Coronavirus makes life more difficult for Pakistan’s transgender community
on 2020-09-04 at 13:06
The transgender community in Pakistan faces cultural and legal discrimination on a regular basis, but things have become even tougher for them during the coronavirus pandemic. Mavra Bari reports from Islamabad.