• Singapore, Malaysia targeting to start cross-border travel from Aug 10 for some residents, business visitors
    on July 14, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    SINGAPORE: Singapore and Malaysia have set Aug 10 as the target date to start cross-border travel between the two countries for some residents and business travellers.  Both countries have agreed to implement two schemes – the Reciprocal Green Lane and Periodic Commuting Arrangement, said a joint …

  • Teenager dies of bubonic plague in Mongolia
    on July 14, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    A 15-year-old boy has died from the bubonic plague in Mongolia, health authorities said Tuesday, one of a handful of cases that recently emerged in the country and neighbouring China.

  • China’s President Xi Jinping congratulates PM Lee on election results, both sides reaffirm bilateral ties
    on July 14, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    SINGAPORE: China’s President Xi Jinping has called Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to congratulate him on the results of the recent Singapore General Election, as the two leaders reaffirmed bilaterial ties. Mr Lee’s People’s Action Party clinched 61.24 per cent of the votes in Singapore’s 13th …

  • Flash floods kill 15 in Indonesia, dozens missing
    on July 14, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    MAKASSAR: At least 15 people were killed and dozens missing after flash floods left hundreds of houses buried in mud on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, authorities said Tuesday (Jul 14). A search and rescue operation was under way to find missing people feared swept away by floods and mud after …

  • Philippines to use police in house-to-house searches for COVID-19 cases
    on July 14, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Philippine authorities and police will carry out house-to-house searches for COVID-19 patients to prevent wider transmission, a minister said on Tuesday, amid soaring death and infection numbers and some areas returning to a stricter lockdown.

  • A third of Bangladesh underwater as monsoon drenches region
    on July 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Almost four million people have been hit by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Thursday, with a third of Bangladesh already underwater from some of the heaviest rains in a decade.

  • Chinese university sacks professor who criticised President Xi, friends say
    on July 14, 2020 at 11:57 am

    BEIJING: A Beijing law professor who has been an outspoken critic of China’s President Xi Jinping and the ruling Communist Party was fired by his university after being released from a nearly week-long detention, his friends said. Xu Zhangrun, a constitutional law professor at the prestigious …

  • Japan traces new coronavirus outbreak to Tokyo theatre boy-band show
    on July 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

    Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for the novel coronavirus after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases.

  • ‘It shouldn’t have happened’: Thai PM apologises for lapses in COVID-19 measures as imported cases spark health scare
    on July 14, 2020 at 11:30 am

    BANGKOK: Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha apologised to the public on Tuesday (Jul 14) for lapses in the disease control measure, following the detection of two imported cases that could have spread the virus in the country. The two cases involved an Egyptian military officer on a …

  • China charges 23 over deadly quarantine hotel collapse
    on July 14, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Chinese authorities have pressed criminal charges against 23 people for illegal building alterations that led to the collapse of a quarantine hotel in which 29 people died and 42 were injured in March, state media reported Tuesday.

  • India’s tech hub Bengaluru, other towns back in lockdown as coronavirus infections surge
    on July 14, 2020 at 10:20 am

    India’s high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections, threatening to derail government efforts to revive a stuttering economy.

  • Police levy thousands of fines as Indians chafe at COVID-19 mask rules
    on July 14, 2020 at 9:52 am

    Indian police are having a field day handing out fines to people who do not wear a mask during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Thailand changes entry rules after new COVID-19 cases spark second wave fear
    on July 14, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Thailand’s government tightened regulations for the entry of foreigners on Tuesday, after two new imported coronavirus cases with possible exposure to the public raised concern about a second wave of infections.

  • China to sanction Lockheed Martin over Taiwan arms sale
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:47 am

    China’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday the government would put sanctions on Lockheed Martin for involvement in the latest U.S. arms sale to Chinese-claimed Taiwan.

  • UAE postpones Mars mission due to weather at Japan launch site
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:36 am

    DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has postponed to Jul 17 the launch of its mission to Mars due to weather conditions at the launch site in Japan, the UAE government communications office said on Tuesday (Jul 14). The UAE’s Hope Probe was due to set off from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center at 12 …

  • Mother of Korean Air chief gets suspended sentence for assault
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:35 am

    A South Korean court on Tuesday found the mother of Korean Air’s chief executive guilty of repeatedly assaulting her employees, but gave her a suspended sentence.

  • Silent screams: Japan rollercoaster COVID-19 guide wins hearts
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:24 am

    It might be the unlikeliest instructional video ever, but footage of two Japanese amusement park executives demonstrating how to “scream inside your heart” to avoid spreading COVID-19 while on a rollercoaster has been a roaring success.

  • China says US is undermining stability in South China Sea
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:17 am

    China said on Tuesday the United States is a troublemaker undermining peace and stability in the South China Sea region, responding to Washington rejecting Beijing’s disputed claims to offshore resources in most of the waters.

  • Record floods raise questions about China’s Three Gorges Dam
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:15 am

    SHANGHAI: As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam – designed to help tame the Yangtze river – has come under fresh scrutiny. Amid some of the heaviest rainfall on record, the Chinese …

  • China eases Macau’s COVID-19 border restrictions, shares in casino operators jump
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:11 am

    HONG KONG: China has loosened coronavirus-related border restrictions between Macau and the neighbouring coastal province of Guangdong, sending shares of Macau casino operators surging on hopes of a quick pickup in demand. Guangdong authorities said late on Monday (Jul 13) that from Jul 15 …

  • China rushes to contain floods after record rainfall
    on July 14, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Soldiers erected sandbag flood barriers in a city near China’s largest freshwater lake after the heaviest rainfall in nearly six decades drenched the swollen Yangtze River basin.

  • Indian IT hub Bangalore locks down again
    on July 14, 2020 at 7:41 am

    India’s IT hub Bangalore will go back into lockdown Tuesday as the number of coronavirus cases in the country surged towards a million with about 500 people dying daily.

  • Taiwan lawmakers brawl in parliament over watchdog nomination
    on July 14, 2020 at 7:33 am

    TAIPEI: Taiwanese lawmakers scuffled in parliament on Tuesday (Jul 14) over a nomination for the head of a top government watchdog, the second time physical confrontations have erupted over the issue in as many weeks. Opposition Kuomintang (KMT) members clashed with legislators from the ruling …

  • France reduces Chinese flights to Paris in tit-for-tat row
    on July 14, 2020 at 5:37 am

    PARIS: France on Monday (Jul 13) started restricting Chinese airlines to one passenger flight per week, saying it was acting in response to curbs imposed by Beijing on French carriers. “From Jul 13, Chinese companies will only be authorised to make one weekly trip,” the French embassy in Beijing …

  • Hong Kong publishers self-censor under new security law
    on July 14, 2020 at 5:21 am

    HONG KONG: In the last two weeks, Hong Kong publisher Raymond Yeung has hastily made changes to a draft paper copy of a book entitled To Freedom, replacing the word “revolution” with “protests”, tweaking a banned slogan and cutting passages that advocate independence for the city. The changes …

  • From the Moon to Mars: China’s march across space
    on July 14, 2020 at 4:39 am

    BEIJING: After sending humans into orbit and landing a probe on the Moon, China is aiming for another milestone in its space ambitions with the launch of a Mars rover next week. China is among a trio of nations, with the United Arab Emirates and the United States, sending a mission to the Red …

  • China warns some Hong Kong primary campaigning may have broken security law
    on July 14, 2020 at 4:24 am

    HONG KONG: China has described a primary by Hong Kong’s pro-democracy parties as a “serious provocation”, warning that some campaigning may have breached a tough new security law it imposed on the city. The comments by the Liaison Office, which represents China’s government in the semi-autonomous …

  • Japan traces new COVID-19 outbreak linked to Tokyo theatre
    on July 14, 2020 at 4:17 am

    TOKYO: Tokyo health officials appealed on Tuesday (Jul 14) for more than 800 theatregoers to get tested for COVID-19 after a production starring Japanese boy-band members was found to be the source of at least 20 cases. As the number of virus infections continues to rise in Japan’s capital city …

  • Japan accuses China of pushing territorial claims during COVID-19 pandemic
    on July 14, 2020 at 1:51 am

    TOKYO: Japan’s annual defence review accuses China of pushing its territorial claims amid the COVID-19 pandemic and suspects Beijing of spreading propaganda and disinformation as it provides medical aid to nations fighting COVID-19. China “is continuing to attempt to alter the status quo in the …

  • US brands China’s claims in South China Sea as ‘completely unlawful’
    on July 14, 2020 at 1:12 am

    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the United States would treat Beijing’s pursuit of resources in the dispute-rife South China Sea as illegal, ramping up pressure on another front.

  • China reports 5 new COVID-19 cases
    on July 14, 2020 at 1:07 am

    China reported on Tuesday five new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 13, compared with eight cases a day earlier, the health authority said.

  • Latin American coronavirus deaths overtake North American fatalities
    on July 13, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    The number of deaths from the coronavirus in Latin America has exceeded the figure for North America for the first time since the start of the pandemic, a Reuters count showed on Monday.

  • Commentary: China really wants Hong Kong to succeed
    on July 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    China’s new Hong Kong legislation shows how national security has become a part of the state’s economic arsenal, says an observer.

  • Hong Kong activist Nathan Law says he has arrived in London
    on July 13, 2020 at 3:19 pm

    Hong Kong activist Nathan Law said he had arrived in London after fleeing the former British colony where China has imposed a security law.

  • South Korean detained after third Hong Kong COVID-19 lockdown escape
    on July 13, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    A South Korean man who twice broke coronavirus lockdown regulations jumped out of a moving minibus in a failed bid to escape being transferred to a strict government-controlled quarantine facility, Hong Kong police and media reported Monday.

  • Hong Kong limits public gatherings to 4 in a group as city tightens COVID-19 rules again
    on July 13, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    HONG KONG: Hong Kong reimposed social distancing measures on Monday (Jul 13) to combat a sudden spike in COVID-19 infections, banning more than four people from gathering in public and requiring passengers to wear face masks on public transport or risk a US$650 fine. Some businesses will also be …

  • Indonesian president sees new COVID-19 peak in August-September
    on July 13, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    President Joko Widodo said the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia is expected to peak in August or September, the state news agency Antara reported on Monday, two to three months later than earlier projected.

  • Coronavirus-hit Haj cuts deep for Pakistan pilgrims and businesses
    on July 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm

    Koran tutor Muhammad Asim should have been packing to leave his Karachi home for Mecca next week to perform one of the most sacred, once-in-a-lifetime obligations for Muslims, the Haj pilgrimage. But that was before the coronavirus hit.

  • China warns citizens of ‘arbitrary’ searches in Australia
    on July 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    BEIJING: China stepped up a travel warning to Australia on Monday (Jul 13), telling its citizens of a risk of being searched “arbitrarily” by law enforcement authorities, as tensions between both countries grow. The foreign ministry’s latest notice comes a month after Beijing warned of …

  • Chinese sailor faces trial over torture death of Indonesian aboard fishing vessel
    on July 13, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    JAKARTA: A Chinese sailor accused of torturing to death an Indonesian crew member whose body was found in a freezer aboard a fishing vessel will stand trial in Indonesia, police said Monday (Jul 13). Song Chuanyun was named a torture suspect on Monday following four days of questioning in …

  • Japan’s sumo body to allow spectators for July tournament
    on July 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Japan’s sumo association said Monday it would allow fans to watch its July tournament at a Tokyo arena despite a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the capital.

  • Thailand tightens borders over renewed COVID-19 fears
    on July 13, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Thailand ordered security stepped up at its land borders on Monday after concerns surged over a possible second wave of coronavirus infections, following the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month.

  • Hong Kong patient received blood from donor with COVID-19
    on July 13, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Hong Kong authorities on Monday said that a patient had received blood from a donor who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • Muhyiddin removes parliament speaker with slim majority in test of support
    on July 13, 2020 at 10:37 am

    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s parliament sitting on Monday (Jul 13) saw the appointment of a new speaker and deputy speaker in the Lower House now controlled by the Perikatan Nasional (PN) led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.  Half of the 222 Members of Parliament (MP) backed the motion tabled by …

  • Fresh lockdown for 250,000 in Manila as COVID-19 cases surge
    on July 13, 2020 at 10:12 am

    About 250,000 people in Manila will go back into lockdown, an official said Monday, as the number of new coronavirus infections in the Philippines surges.

  • China hits top US lawmakers, envoy with sanctions over Xinjiang
    on July 13, 2020 at 9:59 am

    BEIJING: China on Monday (Jul 13) slapped retaliatory sanctions on three senior Republican lawmakers and a US envoy in a deepening row over Beijing’s treatment of Uighurs in the western Xinjiang region. Some of the most outspoken critics of China – Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz along with …

  • Frenchman accused of molesting hundreds of kids in Indonesia kills himself
    on July 13, 2020 at 9:40 am

    JAKARTA: A Frenchman accused of molesting more than 300 children in Indonesia has died from an apparent suicide, police said on Monday (Jul 13). Francois Camille Abello, 65, was arrested last month at a hotel in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta. Police said he was with two underage girls in his room …

  • Japan PM pledges billions for flood-hit region
    on July 13, 2020 at 8:44 am

    TOKYO: Japan will allocate US$3.7 billion for the recovery of regions hit by devastating flooding and landslides that killed at least 72 people, the country’s prime minister pledged Monday. The torrential rain started early this month in southwestern Kyushu and later hit central Japan. It prompted …

  • Two US military bases on Okinawa locked down over COVID-19 cases
    on July 13, 2020 at 8:20 am

    TOKYO: Two US Marine bases in Japan’s Okinawa have been put into lockdown after dozens of coronavirus infections, with local officials criticising the American military’s containment efforts. There are tens of thousands of US servicemen stationed on the southern Japanese island. Government …

  • Olympics must go ahead next year as symbol of overcoming COVID-19, Tokyo governor says
    on July 13, 2020 at 7:56 am

    TOKYO: Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike, often floated as a future Japanese prime minister, said on Monday (Jul 13) the Olympics must go ahead next year as a symbol of world unity in overcoming COVID-19, even as her city grapples with stubborn spikes in cases. Japan has not seen an explosive …