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- Could Japan still cancel Tokyo Olympics over coronavirus?on 2021-04-16 at 10:59
Recent comments from a high-ranking Japanese politician have driven speculation that the Summer Games will be called off. COVID infections are rising and public support for the Games is dropping.
- Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months for pro-democracy protestson 2021-04-16 at 10:40
Jimmy Lai, the owner of Hong Kong’s last opposition newspaper, is a fierce critic of Beijing.
- Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai among democracy leaders jailed for protestsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 10:23
Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai was jailed for 12 months on Friday for helping to lead one of the city’s biggest-ever protests. He was one of several leading activists to be sentenced, including Hong Kong’s so-called “father of democracy” Martin Lee.
- China’s economy grows 18.3% in post-Covid comebackon 2021-04-16 at 10:14
The record figures for the first quarter of the year are skewed due to last year’s nationwide lockdown
- Opponents of Myanmar’s junta set up national unity governmentby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 09:28
Opponents of Myanmar’s junta on Friday announced the formation of a national unity government, which includes ousted lawmakers, members of ethnic minority groups and figures in the anti-coup protest, according to a video statement read out on Public Voice Television.
- Pakistan blocks social media access after violent anti-France protestsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-16 at 08:30
Pakistan’s government ordered the country’s telecoms agency to temporarily shut down social media and instant messaging platforms on Friday after days of violent anti-France protests.
- Hong Kong: Pro-democracy activists jailed for illegal assemblyon 2021-04-16 at 08:28
Media tycoon Jimmy Lai is among those sentenced for their role in a pro-democracy march in 2019. The defendants were found guilty this month of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies.
- Pakistan blocks social media platforms amid protest crackdownon 2021-04-16 at 07:14
Sites including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube will be unavailable until Friday afternoon in the country. The move comes amid fears that a radical group could use social media to perpetuate violent protests.
- Titanic: Searching for the ‘missing’ Chinese survivorson 2021-04-16 at 06:00
When the Titanic sank, six Chinese men were rescued – but their ordeal didn’t end there.
- China: Economy grows at record pace in COVID reboundon 2021-04-16 at 05:03
Strong foreign trade has helped the world’s second-largest economy recover from the coronavirus crisis since lockdown measures were eased.
- China posts record GDP growth in first quarter as Covid-19 recovery acceleratesby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-16 at 03:35
China’s economy expanded at its fastest pace on record in the first quarter, data showed Friday, in a sharp turnaround from the historic contraction caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Citigroup to exit consumer banking in 13 marketson 2021-04-16 at 02:35
The US banking group will shut down its retail operations in countries including China and India.
- India’s desperate Covid-19 patients turn to black market for drugson 2021-04-15 at 23:37
Amid a punishing second wave, people across India are finding drugs, oxygen and beds in short supply.
- Why Aboriginal people are still dying in police custodyon 2021-04-15 at 15:33
Australia holds a dismal record on indigenous deaths in custody despite decades of calls for change.
- China ‘can save $1.6 trillion by scrapping coal’, report sayson 2021-04-15 at 14:16
Beijing must close 588 coal-fired power plants in a decade to meet climate pledges, experts say.
- Japan’s PM Suga heads to US with China on his mindon 2021-04-15 at 14:03
Japan and the US have shared concerns about China’s aggressive expansionist policies in the Indo-Pacific region. This will be Biden’s first in-persopn meeting with a foreign leader since becoming president.
- France urges citizens to leave Pakistan amid anti-French protestson 2021-04-15 at 13:48
An email from the French embassy warns of “serious threats” after anti-blasphemy protests.
- Pakistan protests: Why the Islamist TLP party is now a major political forceon 2021-04-15 at 13:00
Violent anti-French protests have paralyzed Pakistan for the past few days. The architect of these demonstrations is the Tehreek-e-Labiak Pakistan party, which is now a force to be reckoned with in Pakistani politics.
- France advises citizens to leave Pakistan after anti-French protestsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-15 at 08:41
The French embassy in Pakistan on Thursday advised all French nationals and companies to temporarily leave the country, after violent anti-France protests paralysed large parts of the country this week.
- Why Australia is in hysterics over a ‘navy twerking’ danceon 2021-04-15 at 08:39
Dancers in hotpants at a military event have sparked a heated debate about women, sex and power.
- The woman building HSBC’s 3,000 roaming banker armyon 2021-04-15 at 04:20
The bank has already recruited hundreds for an ambitious venture in China as it pivots more towards Asia.
- Afghanistan: ‘We have won the war, America has lost’, say Talibanon 2021-04-14 at 23:18
A BBC team meets the Taliban, a group that clearly sees itself as Afghanistan’s government-in-waiting.
- Is Alibaba’s fate a warning to China’s tech giants?on 2021-04-14 at 23:01
Alibaba’s run-in with Chinese regulators has made things tense for its other technology giants.
- India Covid-19 second wave: ‘A coronavirus tsunami we had never seen before’on 2021-04-14 at 23:01
India’s cases plummeted earlier this year, but are now on the rise again. What happened?
- Torres Strait 8: Australian Islanders in landmark climate fighton 2021-04-14 at 23:01
The group claim Australia has breached their human rights by failing to act on climate change.
- Afghanistan: Biden calls for end to ‘America’s longest war’on 2021-04-14 at 18:56
“It is time for American troops to come home,” says Joe Biden, the fourth president to oversee the war.
- Japan: Clock stopped by earthquake restarts 10 years onon 2021-04-14 at 18:19
The 100-year-old temple clock has started ticking again after an aftershock hit the region.
- Biden announces Afghan withdrawal, says ‘time to end America’s longest war’by FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-14 at 17:46
US President Joe Biden announced Wednesday it’s “time to end” America’s longest war with the unconditional withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, where they have spent two decades locked in a bloody stalemate with the Taliban.
- What’s behind the China-Taiwan divide?on 2021-04-14 at 17:33
China sees Taiwan as a breakaway province, but many Taiwanese people want a separate nation.
- Myanmar ethnic groups unite in fight against army, sights set on federal rightsby Cyrielle CABOT on 2021-04-14 at 16:54
If Myanmar’s February 1 military coup has accomplished one thing, it has been to bridge some of the differences that have long kept the country’s ethnic minorities apart. Now protesting side by side against the junta, Myanmar’s ethnic groups hope to build a more equitable and federal Myanmar, and are picking up arms together.
- Chinese man kidnapped and killed in elaborate body-swap schemeon 2021-04-14 at 15:07
The scheme was devised to grant a dying man’s wish to avoid a ban on traditional burials.
- COVID: Bangladesh faces vaccine shortage as India halts exportson 2021-04-14 at 14:34
Bangladesh’s COVID vaccination efforts have been hit hard after India halted coronavirus vaccine shipments. India has paused exports during a surge in new infections and a rising death toll.
- Japan seeks German help to counter China’s clout in Indo-Pacificon 2021-04-14 at 14:15
This week’s "two-plus-two" ministers’ meeting could the stage for closer cooperation on regional security. However, Germany needs to balance its interests between Beijing and Tokyo.
- Tokyo 2020 Olympics: How ready are Japan and Team GB?on 2021-04-14 at 12:08
With 100 days until the Olympic opening ceremony, how prepared are Tokyo and Team GB for the rescheduled Games?
- Has the US just handed over Afghanistan to the Taliban?on 2021-04-14 at 11:48
President Joe Biden has announced the unconditional withdrawal of all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11. DW analyzes implications for the war-torn country’s future.
- Japan races to assure Olympic organisers with 100 days until Tokyo gamesby FRANCE24 on 2021-04-14 at 09:41
As #Tokyo marks 100 days until the start of the #Olympic Games, concerns remain over the city’s preparedness to hold the sporting festival during the #coronavirus pandemic. With just one percent of #Japan’s population currently vaccinated, the majority of the country is against holding the Games.
- Haridwar: Hundreds test positive for Covid at Kumbh Melaon 2021-04-14 at 08:15
This comes a day after more than three million Hindus visited the festival as India’s cases soar.
- India’s Covid-19 cases hit new record as crowds mass at Ganges for Hindu festivalby FRANCE 24 on 2021-04-14 at 07:10
India’s new coronavirus infections hit a record on Wednesday, as crowds ofpilgrims gathered for a religious festival despite oxygen shortages and strict curbs in other areas.
- Afghans face pivotal moment as US prepares to ‘close the book’on 2021-04-14 at 04:24
Could the US decision to pull its troops from Afghanistan by 11 September lead to civil war?
- Biden sends unofficial US delegation to Taiwan in signal of supportby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-14 at 03:21
Former U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and former Deputy Secretaries of State Richard Armitage and James Steinberg headed to Taiwan on Tuesday at President Joe Biden’s request, in what a White House official called a “personal signal” of the president’s commitment to the Chinese-claimed island and its democracy.
- Biden to withdraw all US troops from Afghanistan by September 11by NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-13 at 23:43
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday the moment has come to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and that Washington would work with NATO allies on a “coordinated” pull-out.
- UN rights chief fears Myanmar could be heading towards ‘full-blown’ conflictby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-13 at 18:29
The UN rights chief warned Tuesday Myanmar could be spiralling towards a “full-blown” Syrian-style conflict, after a two-month crackdown that a local monitoring group says has already claimed more than 700 lives.
- COVID: India faces vaccine shortage amid surge in new caseson 2021-04-13 at 15:28
India is grappling with a shortage of vaccines as a new wave of infections grips the country. Several states and vaccination centers have reported an unfulfillable demand.
- COVID-19: Why is China’s vaccination rate so low?on 2021-04-13 at 12:26
China’s vaccine rollout has gotten off to a slow start. Now, as Beijing tries to boost vaccination rates across the country, citizens are having doubts about the safety and efficacy of the available inoculations.
- Myanmar economic capital ‘Yangon has become a warzone’, exiled student activist saysby FRANCE24 on 2021-04-13 at 12:15
FRANCE 24 spoke with a Burmese student activist who has fled Yangon, as Myanmar’s military junta continues its repression of opposition protests. UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet has expressed her fear that Myanmar is heading towards a full-blown Syrian-style conflict. More than 700 people have been killed since the military coup in February. But the Commissioner quoted reports saying more than 3000 people have been detained and 23 have been sentenced to death in secret trials.
- China seeks to speed up its Covid-19 vaccination campaignby Will HILDERBRANDT on 2021-04-13 at 10:59
While Covid-19 appears to be under control in China, authorities want to keep it that way. But given low infection rates, motivation has been lacking for some people to get vaccinated. As a result, some places are offering free ice cream, while people who are hesitant or late in getting inoculated are named and shamed. Meanwhile, recent reports say the effectiveness of Chinese-made vaccines may actually be quite low. That could have an impact not just on China’s domestic inoculations but also on what’s known as its vaccine diplomacy. FRANCE 24’s Bryan Quinn tells us more.
- India approves Sputnik V vaccine as it logs second-highest number of cases worldwideby NEWS WIRES on 2021-04-13 at 02:15
India has approved the use of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) said on Monday, confirming earlier reports of its imminent endorsement.
- Coronavirus: How the pandemic is hitting North Korea hardon 2021-04-12 at 12:07
Pyongyang officially denies any confirmed infections in the isolated nation, but there is little doubt among experts that it has suffered at least some cases of the virus.
- India: Nepali man freed from jail after 41 years without trialon 2021-04-09 at 15:32
A Nepali man was arrested on murder charges in India in 1980 and sat in jail for decades without a trial. Rights activists say Durga Prasad Timsina’s ordeal highlights the grim reality of pretrial detainees in India.
- Pakistan government accused of sabotaging human rights commissionon 2021-04-07 at 15:21
Critics say officials are stalling the relaunch of the watchdog to avoid accountability for rights violations. A top court has ordered the ruling party to fill empty positions after the previous ones expired in 2019.
- Fire becomes new fear for Rohingya refugees in Bangladeshon 2021-04-07 at 11:51
Several deadly fire incidents in overcrowded Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh over the past several weeks point to a "very worrying trend," say experts.
- Pakistan: Women’s rights activists face new allegations of blasphemyon 2021-04-06 at 12:22
Politicians and rights activists say organizers of Pakistan’s Women’s March are being threatened with dangerous blasphemy accusations by religious conservatives.