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Singapore gay sex ban: Court rejects appeals to overturn law
on 2020-03-30 at 15:54
A judge rejects three appeals, saying the law “remains important in reflecting public sentiment”.
Peacock spiders show more of their colours
on 2020-03-30 at 15:18
A new batch of these ostentatiously coloured and popular arachnids is described in Australia.
Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: New dates confirmed for 2021
on 2020-03-30 at 14:34
The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and finish 8 August, with the Paralympics following from 24 August to 5 September.
‘Virus-fighting’ scientist gets magnets stuck in nose
on 2020-03-30 at 14:10
The astrophysicist was trying to create a necklace which would stop people touching their faces.
Coronavirus: ‘Chinese-looking’ Indians targeted in racist attacks
on 2020-03-30 at 13:55
A nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 has created panic and anger among Indians. Now there are reports of attacks against people from northeastern states that border China. Murali Krishnan reports.
Why Taiwan has become a problem for WHO
on 2020-03-30 at 12:51
Taiwan is effectively locked out of the World Health Organization – and tensions are rising.
Coronavirus: Huge crowds as India lockdown sparks mass migration
on 2020-03-30 at 11:31
Hundreds of thousands have left cities as India went into lockdown to stop coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: Countries reject Chinese-made equipment
on 2020-03-30 at 11:24
The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey have all said some Chinese-made equipment is substandard.
Singapore court upholds law criminalizing sex between men
on 2020-03-30 at 08:14
Like many former British colonies, the southeast Asian country has retained an old law that criminalizes gay sex. A lawyer representing one of the three men in the case called the verdict "utterly shocking."
North Korea hails ‘super large’ launcher test as virus timing condemned
on 2020-03-30 at 06:58
South Korea’s army issued a stern statement saying that testing comes at a “very inappropriate” time.
China sees drop in new coronavirus cases as Beijing tries to stop second wave of infections
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-30 at 02:41
Mainland China reported a drop in new coronavirus cases for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, as Beijing seeks to stamp out the risk of a second wave of infections by shutting its borders to foreign travellers and cutting international flights.
India advises states to curtail mass migration amid lockdown
on 2020-03-29 at 05:04
India’s efforts to control the spread of the novel coronavirus have fallen into disarray. Thousands of workers have started flouting the lockdown rules to migrate back to their home state.
North Korea fires two ‘projectiles’ into sea in latest apparent missile test
on 2020-03-28 at 23:08
North Korea has launched two "short-range projectiles" in what appears to be its fourth missile test in March alone. South Korea slammed the move as "inappropriate" during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Can the coronavirus infect someone twice?
by Sébastian SEIBT on 2020-03-28 at 16:25
Up to 10 percent of coronavirus patients leaving medical facilities in Wuhan after being tested negative for Covid-19 seem to have subsequently been re-infected, according to the South China Morning Post. This is not the first time that there have been reports of re-infection. Nevertheless, scientists say that it is unlikely that the virus is striking twice.
Coronavirus lockdown in India: ‘Beaten and abused for doing my job’
on 2020-03-28 at 00:37
India’s last-mile delivery executives are struggling to function as the country goes in lockdown.
Coronavirus: The woman behind India’s first testing kit
on 2020-03-28 at 00:06
With the first made-in-India kits, the country could hugely scale up testing for the coronavirus.
China to restrict air travel after reporting 54 new imported coronavirus cases
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-27 at 03:08
Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases, as Beijing ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights fearing travellers could reignite the coronavirus outbreak.
Pakistan coronavirus: ‘We can’t see it, but everyone is terrified’
on 2020-03-27 at 00:01
Fighting the virus is hampered by crowded living conditions and a struggling healthcare system.
Coronavirus: Can one woman make kindness catch on in India?
on 2020-03-27 at 00:01
‘Caremongers’ are working to help the elderly and vulnerable Indians in times of coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Demand for Filipino nurses increases in Europe
on 2020-03-26 at 16:09
Germany’s alleged attempt to fly in Filipino nurses to provide assistance to COVID-19 patients has irked many in the Philippines. The country is facing a shortage of health workers as it tries to combat the disease.
Coronavirus lockdown won Wuhan health systems crucial response time, study shows
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-26 at 13:18
The lockdown in the Chinese outbreak city of Wuhan brought the COVID-19 epidemic crashing to a halt, giving health systems crucial breathing room to deal with serious cases, new research showed Thursday.
Iran claims ‘no knowledge’ of ex-FBI agent’s fate, after family announces he died
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-26 at 11:10
Tehran has no knowledge about the whereabouts of a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in March 2007, a spokesman for the Iranian mission at the United Nations said on Thursday.
Coronavirus: Inside a Covid-19 intensive care unit
on 2020-03-26 at 08:38
In a South Korean ICU, nurses wearing heavy self-contained respiratory systems work two-hour shifts.
India considers shutting bank branches nationwide to slow coronavirus spread
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-26 at 07:30
India’s central bank and major lenders are considering shutting down most branches across the country to prevent tens of thousands of employees from getting infected with the coronavirus, four sources familiar with the plan told Reuters.
Coronavirus: Why some countries wear face masks and others don’t
on 2020-03-26 at 00:03
Step outside without a face mask in Hong Kong and you’ll get looks. That’s not true elsewhere. Why?
Coronavirus: First day of lockdown in India
on 2020-03-25 at 22:36
India imposes preventative measures in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Coronavirus: Bangladesh’s garment industry risks collapse
on 2020-03-25 at 17:40
The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavy toll on Bangladesh, which is the world’s second-largest garment exporter. The industry is rapidly losing orders, and millions of jobs are at stake.
Can India’s lockdown contain the coronavirus?
on 2020-03-25 at 15:34
Containing the COVID-19 outbreak among India’s 1.3 billion people is a monumental challenge in a country with an already weak public health infrastructure. The outcome may be an example for other developing countries.
Gunmen attack Sikh religious complex in Kabul, Afghan MP says
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-25 at 07:28
Unidentified gunmen and suicide bombers attacked a Sikh religious complex in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Wednesday, and up to 200 people were believed to be trapped inside, a member of parliament said.
Coronavirus: How Japan keeps COVID-19 under control
on 2020-03-25 at 06:25
Despite its proximity to China, Japan hasn’t seen the massive outbreak of the coronavirus that has shut down much of Europe and North America. What are the Japanese doing differently to help slow the spread?
Lockdown eased in Hubei province despite doubling of new coronavirus cases in China
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-25 at 02:51
China’s Hubei province where the coronavirus pandemic originated will lift travel restrictions on people leaving the region as the epidemic there eases, but other regions will tighten controls as new cases double due to imported infections.
Bangladesh to free jailed ex-PM Khaleda Zia
on 2020-03-24 at 17:04
The health of jailed 74-year-old Khaleda Zia’s was deteriorating. The government has finally agreed to her receiving treatment outside of prison, but it’s not exactly what her family wanted.
COVID-19: China steps in to help Italy battle the virus
on 2020-03-24 at 16:13
Italy is at the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe. China has come to Italy’s aid, while some critics say Europe has lacked solidarity in fighting the crisis, to Beijing’s advantage.
China to lift travel curbs on Hubei province, including Wuhan, despite new ‘imported’ cases
by FRANCE 24 on 2020-03-24 at 03:08
China’s central Hubei province, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged late last year, is to lift travel curbs after two months under lockdown, local officials said Tuesday, though they warned that the country was still at risk from sporadic infections as well as those from overseas.
US cuts aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion after Pompeo fails to break impasse
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-24 at 01:35
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a $1 billion cut in U.S. aid to Afghanistan after he failed to convince Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political foe to end a feud that has helped jeopardise a U.S.-led peace effort.
India’s coronavirus fight complicated by people dodging quarantine
on 2020-03-23 at 19:49
As Indian states impose lockdowns to deal with increasing COVID-19 cases, people evading quarantine orders are posing a major hurdle in containing the infection rate. Sonia Phalnikar reports from Pune.
US Secretary of State Pompeo arrives in Afghanistan
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-23 at 07:36
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in the Afghan capital Kabul on Monday, a pool report said, amid an ongoing political crisis, a raging Taliban insurgency and rising coronavirus cases.
Spike in Australian coronavirus cases, cruise with sick passengers denied entry
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-23 at 07:10
Australians began living under strict new lockdown rules on Monday as coronavirus cases topped 1,600 and authorities denied entry to a cruise ship carrying hundreds on board complaining of respiratory illnesses.
Canada, Australia pull out of Olympics as pressure mounts on Tokyo to postpone 2020 Games
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-23 at 03:43
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said on Monday it could not assemble a team for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus outbreak and that its athletes should prepare for the Games to be postponed to 2021.
China sees decrease in new coronavirus cases, says all new cases imported
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-23 at 03:32
Mainland China saw a drop in its daily tally of new coronavirus cases, reversing four straight days of gains, as the capital Beijing ramped up measures to contain the number of infections arriving from abroad.
Bangladesh journalist’s disappearance casts poor light on press freedom
on 2020-03-22 at 15:43
A prominent Bangladeshi journalist has recently gone missing after defamation charges were lodged against him by an influential ruling party lawmaker. His family believes he has been abducted and demands a fair probe.
India launches day-time curfew to fight spread of coronavirus
by NEWS WIRES on 2020-03-22 at 06:10
India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have contracted the disease.
India executes four men convicted of 2012 Delhi gang rape
on 2020-03-20 at 00:41
The men had delayed their execution four times after their conviction for raping and murdering a woman on a New Delhi bus in 2012. The case sparked a debate over capital punishment and women’s safety in India.
WhatsApp in India: Scourge of violence-inciting fake news tough to tackle
on 2020-03-11 at 13:13
With tension still rife in riot-hit areas of Delhi, online rumors of violence have kept the public on edge. Unrest spurred by fake news, however, is not unusual in India — and experts say it is difficult to combat.
Kashmir cautiously optimistic as India turns the internet back on
on 2020-03-10 at 16:07
While restored internet access following a seven-month blackout has offered hope for renewal, Kashmir’s economy has taken a hard hit. DW spoke with Kashmiris about what comes next as the region goes back online.
Rival Afghan ‘presidents’ hold parallel inaugurations
on 2020-03-09 at 10:30
Can a country have two presidents? Bickering rivals Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani both claim to be president and held rival swearing-in ceremonies at the same palace.
US-Taliban agreement — a male-dominated affair
on 2020-03-05 at 11:57
The US-Taliban deal in Doha has been hailed as a landmark achievement. However, the agreement provides no guarantee for upholding women’s rights. What does it mean for the future of Afghan women? DW analyzes.
US-Taliban deal: How Pakistan’s ‘Islamist support’ finally paid off
on 2020-03-04 at 13:55
Following the US-Taliban deal, Pakistan has re-emerged as a key player in the Afghan peace process. Experts said that Islamabad’s alleged policy of backing Taliban factions gives it influence in intra-Afghan talks.
US-Taliban deal comes under pressure just days after signing
on 2020-03-03 at 16:00
The historic US-Taliban agreement in Doha over the weekend raised hopes for a lasting peace in Afghanistan, but the disagreements between the Afghan government and the insurgents could nullify the deal’s gains.