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- Thailand builds Covid-19 hospital in Bangkok airport amid surge in caseson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Thai volunteers on Wednesday turned a cargo warehouse at Bangkok’s Don Muang Airport into a 1,800-bed field hospital for Covid-19 patients with less severe symptoms, as the country deals with its biggest outbreak to date.
- UK’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier pictured in South China Seaon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The South China Sea has been a hotbed of naval activity this week, with a British aircraft carrier strike group, an American surface action group, and forces from China’s People’s Liberation Army all staging exercises in the contested waterway.
- First person charged under Hong Kong national security law found guiltyon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The first person to be tried under Hong Kong’s sweeping national security law faces life in prison after being found guilty on Tuesday of inciting secession and terrorism, in a landmark court ruling that is likely to have profound implications for the city’s legal system.
- Pizza for Italy and Dracula for Romania. South Korean broadcaster apologizes for its Olympic ‘inexcusable mistake’on August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony is a gratuitously enjoyable affair, with bulging muscles and beaming athletes proudly walking the Parade of Nations — and into our hearts.
- Bhutan’s vaccine success shows how countries can pull together to help those in needon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Bhutan has fully vaccinated 90% of its eligible adult population in a week with Covid-19 shots, a feat that has been described as a “success story” and a “beacon of hope” for other countries in the region, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday.
- Thailand sends Covid patients home on trains as outbreak worsenson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Thai citizens seeking Covid-19 treatment in Bangkok are being returned to their hometowns by train, in an effort to alleviate the burden on the capital’s medical system.
- Philippines renews key military agreement with the United Stateson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The Philippines is restoring a military agreement with the United States that makes it easier for US forces to move in and out the country and signals to China a renewed commitment to the 70-year-old US-Philippine alliance.
- First person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law sentenced to 9 yearson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The first person charged and convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law was sentenced to nine years in prison on Friday, setting a likely precedent for how future cases will be tried.
- Hong Kong police arrest man for booing Chinese national anthem while watching Olympicson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Hong Kong police have arrested a man after he allegedly booed the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympics award ceremony inside a shopping mall, authorities said on Friday.
- Two charged for allegedly hitting police horse during anti-lockdown proteston August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Two men have been charged with animal cruelty for allegedly striking a police horse during anti-lockdown protests in Sydney, Australia on Saturday, police said, as daily Covid-19 cases in New South Wales state continue to rise.
- China nuclear reactor shut down for maintenance because of fuel rod damageon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
A reactor at Taishan Nuclear Power Plant in southern China’s Guangdong province has been shut down because of fuel rod damages, the company that runs the plant said in a statement on Friday.
- Taliban take over TV station in strategic city as US airstrikes pound key positions in Afghanistanon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The Taliban have taken over a TV station in Afghanistan’s strategic Helmand province, a source at the TV and radio station told CNN Monday, marking the latest of a series of advances by the militant group in the country.
- Tracking Covid-19 cases in the USon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
- India to deploy naval task force into South China Sea and beyondon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
India is sending a task force of four warships into the South China Sea on a two-month deployment that will include exercises with Quad partners the United States, Japan and Australia, India’s Defense Ministry announced Monday.
- Tracking Covid-19 vaccines in the USon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
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- US Air Force to send dozens of F-22 fighter jets to the Pacificon August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
The United States Air Force is sending more than two dozen F-22 stealth fighters to an exercise in the western Pacific this month, an unusually large deployment of the powerful jets that analysts say sends a strong message to a possible adversary in China.
- Civilian casualties in Afghanistan hit record high amid US withdrawal, UN sayson August 4, 2021 at 2:26 am
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan reached record levels in the first half of 2021, the United Nations warned Monday, noting that deaths and injuries spiked markedly from May when the United States and its allies began withdrawing troops from the country.
- Study: Which Countries Will Best Survive a Collapse?by Heather Murphy on August 3, 2021 at 4:53 pm
A pair of English researchers found that New Zealand is best poised to stay up and running as climate change continues to wreak global havoc. Other scientists found flaws in their model.
- With Undersea Robots, an Air Force Navigator Lost Since 1967 Is Foundby Mike Ives on August 3, 2021 at 4:52 pm
A recovery mission off Vietnam’s coast showed how advances in technology have given new reach to the Pentagon’s search for American war dead.
- US Vice President Kamala Harris’ visits to Singapore, Vietnam in 2 weeks are ‘greatly valued’: PM Leeon August 3, 2021 at 4:39 pm
SINGAPORE: United States Vice President Kamala Harris will visit Singapore and Vietnam in a fortnight’s time, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday (Aug 3), adding that such high-level visits to the region are “greatly valued”. Ms Harris’ visit to Singapore, made at the invitation of Mr …
- US Vice President Kamala Harris to make first official visit to Singapore, Vietnamon August 3, 2021 at 4:35 pm
SINGAPORE: US Vice President Kamala Harris will make her first official visit to Singapore and Vietnam next month, the White House announced on Friday (Jul 30), adding that the trip is aimed at strengthening ties with “two critical Indo-Pacific partners”. Her visit to Singapore comes at the …
- Hong Kong Independent Media Group Will Relocate to Singaporeby By Chan Yun Nam on August 3, 2021 at 3:46 pm
Initium Media’s executive editor tells readers that the road to freedom in the city has gotten harder and harder in recent years.
- China to soon release details of roadmap to ‘energy revolution’ as climate envoy defends emissions strategyon August 3, 2021 at 3:35 pm
BANGKOK: China’s special envoy for climate change has defended the country’s plans for emissions reduction, while providing a preview of a soon-to-be-released strategic report on how it will reach carbon neutrality by 2050. In a virtual keynote address on Tuesday (Aug 3), Mr Xie Zhenhua laid out …
- ‘We just kept pushing to the end’: Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low finish historic Games sailing campaign in 10thon August 3, 2021 at 3:07 pm
ENOSHIMA: It’s been a journey that has taken them all across to the globe, through rough winds and sometimes stormy seas, but Kimberly Lim and Cecilia Low’s effort shone through as they recorded Singapore’s best finish in a sailing event at the Olympic Games. The duo, who were the first …
- Scant Change in China’s Disaster Response From Tangshan to Zhengzhouby By Wang Yun on August 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Analysts say the ruling Chinese Communist Party doesn’t reward officials who prevent disaster, only those who oversee relief efforts.
- Taliban Take Much of Provincial Capital in Southern Afghanistanby Tameem Akhgar and Rahim Faiez on August 3, 2021 at 2:41 pm
Nine out of 10 districts in Helmand’s provincial capital were under Taliban control as of August 3.
- China Orders Mass Testing in Wuhan as COVID-19 Outbreak Spreadsby Associated Press on August 3, 2021 at 2:27 pm
The highly contagious Delta variant is testing China’s zero-tolerance policy for COVID outbreaks.
- Harris will reject China’s claim in the South China Sea during trip to Asiaon August 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm
WASHINGTON: Vice President Kamala Harris will focus on defending international rules in the South China Sea, strengthening US leadership in the region and expanding cooperation on matters of security during her trip to Vietnam and Singapore, a senior White House official told Reuters. The trip …
- Repression by Any Other Name: Xinjiang and the Genocide Debateby Martin S. Flaherty on August 3, 2021 at 1:53 pm
Is what’s going on in Xinjiang genocide? The answer is a qualified yes, but no hedging is needed for the equally serious accusation of crimes against humanity.
- Here’s why AI transforming banking matters more todayby Joe Devanesan on August 3, 2021 at 1:50 pm
As organizations have been accelerating their digitalization journeys in recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) is one of those disruptive technologies that is seeing widespread adoption across sectors, and this includes AI transforming the banking and financial services in more ways than one. The radical change and improvement to processes that AI can affect in a… Read more » The post Here’s why AI transforming banking matters more today appeared first on TechHQ.
- Kumtor Case: Another Former Kyrgyz Prime Minister Detainedby Catherine Putz on August 3, 2021 at 1:34 pm
With another former prime minister arrested, the Kumtor case grows. Meanwhile, some have been released and others kept in custody.
- The Trouble With Washington’s ‘Rules-Based Order’ Gambitby Ben Scott on August 3, 2021 at 1:18 pm
Improved U.S. compliance with international norms would greatly enhance U.S. defense of the rules-based international order.
- South Korea on alert for new Delta Plus COVID-19 varianton August 3, 2021 at 12:32 pm
South Korea has detected its first two cases of the new Delta Plus COVID-19 variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said on Tuesday, as the country battles with its fourth wave of infections nationwide.
- Why Did the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank Make a Loan to Rwanda?by Hannah Ryder on August 3, 2021 at 12:31 pm
Does the AIIB’s first loan to Rwanda signify a new route to infrastructure finance for Africa?
- Ahmad Zahid claims sufficient UMNO MPs have withdrawn support for PM Muhyiddin; energy minister quits Cabineton August 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm
KUALA LUMPUR: United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claimed on Tuesday (Aug 3) that he has gathered a sufficient number of statutory declarations (SDs) from party lawmakers who are withdrawing their support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. As such, Mr …
- Why social engineering and spear phishing are such constant business threatsby Aaron Raj on August 3, 2021 at 11:50 am
Between May 2020 and June 2021, Barracuda Networks researchers have analyzed more than 12 million spear phishing and social engineering attacks impacting more than 3 million mailboxes at over 17,000 organizations. The post Why social engineering and spear phishing are such constant business threats appeared first on TechHQ.
- North Korea criticises Britain for plan to deploy warships in Asiaon August 3, 2021 at 11:20 am
SEOUL: North Korea criticised Britain on Tuesday (Aug 3) for a plan to permanently deploy two warships in the Asia-Pacific region this year, calling it a “provocation”. The plan comes as London steps up its engagement in Asia after expressing growing alarm in recent months over China’s territorial …
- Baffled investors fear nothing is off limits in China regulatory crackdownon August 3, 2021 at 11:18 am
SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE: Bewildered investors in China’s tech sector scrambled once again from regulators on Tuesday (Aug 3), fearing that a state media story that likened Internet gaming to opium signals a new front in the barrage of scrutiny that is being directed towards big business. The article …
- China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ as COVID-19 returnson August 3, 2021 at 11:16 am
Authorities in Wuhan on Tuesday said they would test its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year.
- Indonesia begins work on Southeast Asia’s largest floating solar planton August 3, 2021 at 11:06 am
JAKARTA: Indonesia will begin work on a 145 megawatt (MW) floating solar power project, the largest in Southeast Asia, after state power utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and Masdar of the United Arab Emirates agreed financing for the project on Tuesday (Aug 3). Indonesia aims to have 23 per …
- Hong Kong regulator fines UBS US$1.5 millon for compliance breacheson August 3, 2021 at 11:00 am
HONG KONG: Swiss bank UBS was fined HK$11.55 million (US$1.5 million) by Hong Kong’s securities regulator for failing to disclose its holdings in some companies covered in its research reports, the watchdog said on Tuesday (Aug 3). The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) said in a …
- Tencent Shares Drop After China Media Criticizes Video Gamesby Cao Li on August 3, 2021 at 10:44 am
Investors reacted after months of increased pressure from Beijing aimed at the broader Chinese internet industry.
- Hong Kong media outlet, broadcaster and artist all quit cityon August 3, 2021 at 10:12 am
HONG KONG: Hong Kong online news outlet Initium announced it was relocating to Singapore on Tuesday (Aug 3) citing fading press freedoms, the first local media to quit the financial hub as authorities crack down on dissent. The announcement came the same day that veteran broadcaster Steve Vines …
- How Lorde Got Happyby Joe Coscarelli, Alicia DeSantis and Shane O’Neill on August 3, 2021 at 10:11 am
The 24-year-old musician traces the personal and sonic evolutions that led to the title track from her next album.
- Volkswagen breaks new ground in automotive quantum computingby Dashveenjit Kaur on August 3, 2021 at 9:50 am
Volkswagen was first automaker to demo a practical application of quantum computing for route and traffic management For almost five years, Volkswagen experts have been researching to find new ways to apply quantum computing to everyday challenges Quantum computing is still very much in its nascent phase with only a handful of organizations across various… Read more » The post Volkswagen breaks new ground in automotive quantum computing appeared first on TechHQ.
- 16 more killed, dozens rescued in India’s monsoon delugeon August 3, 2021 at 9:40 am
KOLKATA: At least 16 people have been killed and a quarter of a million people displaced from their homes after heavy monsoon rains lashed eastern India, officials said on Tuesday (Aug 3), as the air force joined rescue efforts. The latest deaths in West Bengal came a few days after 11 people were …
- Taiwan celebrity loses China endorsements in Olympic rowon August 3, 2021 at 9:16 am
TAIPEI: Chinese Taipei’s defeat of China in the Olympic men’s doubles badminton final has reignited nationalist anger on the mainland, sparking boycott calls and resulting in one celebrity losing a string of endorsements from a tea-maker to a sex toy manufacturer. Tokyo 2020 has been Chinese …
- Laurel Hubbard, Olympics’ First Openly Transgender Woman, Stokes Debate on Fairnessby Tariq Panja and Ken Belson on August 3, 2021 at 8:52 am
Laurel Hubbard, a 43-year-old weight lifter from New Zealand, will compete on Monday, as some question her right to be at the Games.
- Top Japan medic urges nationwide state of emergency amid COVID-19 surgeon August 3, 2021 at 8:38 am
Japan will shift policy to focus on hospitalising patients who are seriously ill with the COVID-19 and those at risk of becoming so, officials said, to avoid strain on the medical system as cases surge in Olympics host city Tokyo and elsewhere.
- North Korea wants sanctions eased to restart talks with US: South Korean lawmakerson August 3, 2021 at 8:31 am
North Korea wants international sanctions banning its metal exports and imports of refined fuel and other necessities lifted in order to restart denuclearisation talks with the United States, South Korean lawmakers said on Tuesday (Aug 3).
- Emergency ordinances to be tabled in parliament next month; repeal process was incomplete: PM Muhyiddinon August 3, 2021 at 8:15 am
KUALA LUMPUR: A motion to debate and annul the emergency ordinances will be tabled in the parliament meeting in September, said Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. He said the process to repeal the ordinances, as the Cabinet had advised King Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah …
- Vietnam to approve remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment: Reportson August 3, 2021 at 8:12 am
HANOI: Vietnam is set to approve the use of Gilead Sciences’s antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of patients who have contracted the coronavirus, state media reported on Tuesday (Aug 3). The Southeast Asian country successfully contained COVID-19 for much of the pandemic, but has seen a …
- India’s female labour participation rate falls to 16.1% as pandemic hits jobson August 3, 2021 at 8:10 am
NEW DELHI: Female labour participation rate in India fell to 16.1 per cent during the July to September 2020 quarter, the lowest among the major economies, a government report said, reflecting the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and a widening job crisis. The percentage of women in the labour …
- Outside the Olympic Cocoon, a Tokyo Abuzz Only With Cicadasby Hannah Beech on August 3, 2021 at 8:08 am
The sequestered Games have left the host city feeling like anything but.
- Google latest Big Tech to build its own chip for new Pixel smartphoneby Joe Devanesan on August 3, 2021 at 7:50 am
Google has just unveiled a new flagship Pixel smartphone powered by Google’s very-own first mobile chip that will put artificial intelligence in people’s hands. Pixel 6 models are set for release later this year, and along with superfast 5G wireless capability, will also debut Google’s own Tensor chip — crafted along the lines of processors… Read more » The post Google latest Big Tech to build its own chip for new Pixel smartphone appeared first on TechHQ.
- US, Canada leaders discuss China’s ‘arbitrary’ detention of Canadianson August 3, 2021 at 7:41 am
WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday (Aug 2) discussed China’s “arbitrary detention” of two Canadian citizens. In a telephone conversation, the two leaders discussed Beijing’s two-year detention of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and …
- Dissident artist leaves Hong Kong for Taiwanon August 3, 2021 at 7:22 am
HONG KONG: One of Hong Kong’s best known artists confirmed on Tuesday (Aug 3) that he had moved to Taiwan in search of “100 per cent freedom” from the government’s crackdown on dissent. Kacey Wong’s departure is the latest blow to Hong Kong’s reputation as a regional haven for the arts and free …
- India’s worst-hit state Maharashtra eases COVID-19 curbs as infections abateon August 3, 2021 at 7:18 am
MUMBAI :India’s industrial hub of Maharashtra state eased COVID-19 restrictions in most districts on Tuesday, including in the financial capital of Mumbai, after a steady decline in new cases.
- Time to switch from traditional hardware? We look to the cloud for commsby Enreach UK on August 3, 2021 at 6:55 am
There are plenty of events in a business’s journey that get used as a catalyst for change. For some, it might be an acquisition, or for others, the decision to explore a new market or begin exporting. Over the course of the last two years, many organisations have had change forced on them, with many… Read more » The post Time to switch from traditional hardware? We look to the cloud for comms appeared first on TechHQ.
- Bangkok Spends Big on Public Transitby James Guild on August 3, 2021 at 6:46 am
The Thai capital is undertaking a range of efforts to keep pace with the rapid growth in private vehicle ownership.
- Hong Kong Arrests Anthony Wong Yiu-ming for Singing at Election Rallyby Austin Ramzy on August 3, 2021 at 6:45 am
Anticorruption officials arrested Anthony Wong Yiu-ming, a Cantopop singer, who has publicly supported the Chinese territory’s pro-democracy opposition.
- ASEAN Still Stalemated Over Choice of Myanmar Envoyby Sebastian Strangio on August 3, 2021 at 5:58 am
A candidate was expected to be announced at yesterday’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, but the bloc appears deadlocked on a number of issues.
- Karate’s Big Question in Its Olympic Debut: Is It a Sport or a Martial Art?by Ben Dooley and Hisako Ueno on August 3, 2021 at 5:54 am
To Japan’s traditionalists, karate represents qualities fundamental to the national character. But to be a modern sport, the discipline has been forced to adapt.
- Olympics: IOC awaiting report from Belarusian Olympic committee on sprinter’s caseon August 3, 2021 at 4:40 am
The IOC said on Tuesday it was waiting for a report later in the day from the Belarusian National Olympic Committee on the case of sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, after launching an investigation into the incident that has rocked the Games.
- Chinese pop star Kris Wu detained on suspicion of rapeon August 3, 2021 at 4:33 am
The former member of Korean boy band EXO was accused earlier by a teenager of having sex with her while she was drunk. Wu denied the accusation.
- N.Korea wants US to allow fuel, metal trade to restart talks – S Korea lawmakerson August 3, 2021 at 3:50 am
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un requested that South Korea reconnect hotlines which Pyongyang severed a year ago, a South Korean lawmaker said on Tuesday after being briefed by his country’s intelligence agency.
- Cambodian Leader Acknowledges Oil Production ‘Failure’by Sebastian Strangio on August 3, 2021 at 2:50 am
The government’s Singaporean partner filed for liquidation in June, six months after offshore production started.
- US dismisses Myanmar election plan, urges ASEAN pressureon August 3, 2021 at 2:35 am
WASHINGTON: The United States said on Monday (Aug 2) that Myanmar’s junta was playing for time with a two-year election timeframe as Secretary of State Antony Blinken prepared to encourage ASEAN to appoint an envoy. Blinken is participating virtually in a week of talks involving foreign ministers …
- Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Powerby Alifah Zainuddin on August 3, 2021 at 2:33 am
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s desperate attempt to hold on to power threatens to shake the country’s democratic system to the core.
- India Should Articulate a Clearer Commitment to Tibetansby Mohamed Zeeshan on August 3, 2021 at 2:29 am
New Delhi’s frequent flip-flops on political engagement with the Tibetans will not help it cultivate Tibet as a bargaining chip against China.
- A year after taboo on Thai king broken, 103 face jail for royal insulton August 3, 2021 at 1:15 am
In the year since making an unprecedented, taboo-breaking speech openly calling for discussion on the role of Thailand’s powerful king, human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa has spent months in jail, charged with the crime of defaming the monarchy.
- Myanmar Is Not a Failed State, But a Failed Coupby Yanghee Lee, Chris Sidoti, and Marzuki Darusman on August 3, 2021 at 12:19 am
If Myanmar becomes a failed state it will only be because the outside world failed to come to the country’s aid.
- Cambodia Jails Activists Over 2020 Paris Peace Petitionson August 2, 2021 at 11:49 pm
The nine had pressed Paris Peace Agreement signatories to recognize Hun Sen’s violations of the 1991 pact.
- US offers refuge to more Afghans who aided Americans in new programmeon August 2, 2021 at 11:08 pm
Thousands more Afghans who may be targets of Taliban violence due to their US affiliations will have the opportunity to resettle as refugees in the United States under a new program announced by the State Department on Monday (Aug 2).
- Commentary: Hidilyn Diaz, national hero for pandemic-weary Philippineson August 2, 2021 at 10:34 pm
From a persistent lack of financial resources to baseless accusations from the Philippine government, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz beat all odds to bag her country’s first Olympic gold medal.
- Myanmar’s Junta Releases Jailed Anti-Coup Activists And Government Employeeson August 2, 2021 at 10:25 pm
But critics see a stunt to gain international recognition for the self-styled ‘caretaker government.’
- Commentary: Struggling with the Delta variant, Vietnam has to force a change in vaccine policyon August 2, 2021 at 10:20 pm
Thinking it had COVID-19 under control, Vietnam was reluctant to enter the global vaccine market. Now it’s behind in the queue even as cases rise, says this researcher.
- State Dept. Offers Potential Refugee Status to More Afghans Who Worked With U.S.by Michael Crowley on August 2, 2021 at 10:11 pm
As the Taliban make territorial gains, more Afghans, including those who helped U.S. news outlets, will become eligible for visas.
- Vietnam And Laos Brace For Higher COVID-19 Virus Infectionson August 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm
The Southeast Asian nations are struggling to contain the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.
- Tibetan Political Prisoner Completes His Term, With No News Heard of His Releaseon August 2, 2021 at 9:50 pm
Bangri Rinpoche, manager and teacher at an orphanage in Lhasa, had served over 20 years in prison on a charge of ‘separatism.’
- No decision on joint US drills, but South Korea says exercises should not create tension with Northon August 2, 2021 at 9:34 pm
SEOUL: South Korea said on Monday (Aug 2) no decision has yet been made on its joint military exercises with the United States but they should not create tension, after North Korea warned the South against holding the exercises amid signs of a thaw in relations. South Korea and the United States …
- Laurel Hubbard, a Transgender Woman, Makes Olympics Debutby Ken Belson and Tariq Panja on August 2, 2021 at 9:15 pm
A sport that rarely makes headlines was at the center of the Olympics on Monday as the first openly transgender woman competed in the Games.
- Your Tuesday Briefingby Melina Delkic on August 2, 2021 at 9:01 pm
How Covax went wrong.
- US airstrikes hit Taliban positions as militants threaten key cities in Afghanistanon August 2, 2021 at 8:49 pm
The United States has ramped up airstrikes against the Taliban in a bid to turn back the militants’ advances on a number of key provincial capitals in Afghanistan, a senior Afghan security official said Monday.
- With #MeToo Case Against Kris Wu, China Hits Out at Celebritiesby Amy Qin and Elsie Chen on August 2, 2021 at 7:50 pm
The detention of Kris Wu, a popular Canadian singer, has been hailed as a rare victory for the movement. But Beijing, wary of social activism, has cast it as a warning to celebrities.
- Flooding Death Toll in China Rises Sharplyby Austin Ramzy on August 2, 2021 at 7:48 pm
The total more than tripled since last week, suggesting delays in reporting other deaths.
- Britain Rethinks Letting China Enter Its Nuclear Power Industryby Stanley Reed on August 2, 2021 at 7:39 pm
Financing and security issues are clouding new power station projects.
- Local Government in Gansu Shuts Down Tibetan Temple, Evicts Monks, Nunsby By Qiao Long, Xiaoshan Huang, and Chingman on August 2, 2021 at 7:38 pm
The monks and nuns have protested being forced to return to secular life, according to video clips posted to social media sites.
- Jailed Vietnamese Democracy Advocate Vows Hunger Strike to His Deathon August 2, 2021 at 6:50 pm
Tran Huynh Duy Thuc vows to renew his fast if his demand for a reduced sentence is not met.
- How Pakistan Failed Its Womenby Nushmiya Sukhera on August 2, 2021 at 6:44 pm
Gender-based violence in Pakistan – including the latest horrific murder in Islamabad – is a product of the government’s failure to act.
- How China Helps the Cuban Regime Stay Afloat and Shut Down Protestsby Leland Lazarus and Evan Ellis on August 2, 2021 at 5:56 pm
Chinese companies have played a key part in building Cuba’s telecommunications infrastructure, a system the regime uses to control its people, just as the CCP does within its own borders.
- Canadian K-Pop Star Arrested by Beijing Police on Suspicion of Rapeby By Kay Lee and An Ke on August 2, 2021 at 5:25 pm
Rapper and K-pop artist Kris Wu, also known by his Chinese name Wu Yifan, is in detention pending an ongoing investigation.
- Kyrgyzstan’s First Ousted President Returns to Cooperate With Kumtor Investigationby Catherine Putz on August 2, 2021 at 5:23 pm
After 16 years, Askar Akayev returned to Kyrgyzstan in connection with the Kyrgyz state’s growing case against the Canadian mining company Centerra Gold.
- 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Seasonon August 2, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Here is a look at the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.
- Death Toll Triples to More Than 300 in Recent China Floodingby Associated Press on August 2, 2021 at 3:22 pm
The government of Henan province revised the death toll upward to 302 people, most of them in the capital of Zhengzhou.
- Refugees Pushed to Back of the Line Amid Vaccine Shortagesby Victoria Milko and Aniruddha Ghosal on August 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm
“The virus doesn’t distinguish between a national and a refugee.”
- Akim Elections: More Cosmetic Reform in Kazakhstan?by Colleen Wood on August 2, 2021 at 2:17 pm
Direct election of village leadership is another example of cosmetic reform in Kazakhstan.
- Hong Kong Popstar, Former Lawmaker Charged With ‘Corruption’ Over Campaign Rally Gigby By Cheng Yut Yiu and Gigi Lee on August 2, 2021 at 2:12 pm
Anthony Wong and Au Nok-hin are being charged with offering free entertainment in return for votes.
- Belarusian Sprinter Who Feared for Her Safety Is Offered Asylum in Polandby Motoko Rich and Tariq Panja on August 2, 2021 at 1:59 pm
Kristina Timanovskaya sought help at a Tokyo airport as her country tried to forcibly send her home from the Olympics.
- Businesses are clamoring for a greener data centerby Joe Devanesan on August 2, 2021 at 1:50 pm
As the energy consumption toll surrounding the physical data center industry becomes more pronounced, increasingly environmentally conscious organizations are fueling demand for ‘greener’ data centers in many countries. No longer are companies willing to bear the negative public perception while their traditional data storage facilities gobble up unsustainable quantities of power from the energy grid…. Read more » The post Businesses are clamoring for a greener data center appeared first on TechHQ.
- Japan’s Challenge in the Age of China-US Rivalryby Michio Ueda on August 2, 2021 at 1:49 pm
Tokyo must find a way to synthesize national security and economic strategy amid increased competition between Beijing and Washington.
- Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?by Gretchen Abuso on August 2, 2021 at 1:41 pm
A lack of thorough education has helped blur the Philippines’ history – and the lessons of the past.
- Indonesia extends COVID-19 emergency restrictions in some areas until Aug 9on August 2, 2021 at 1:36 pm
JAKARTA: Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced on Monday (Aug 2) that the current restrictions put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be extended until Aug 9. Several cities and regencies, including the Indonesian capital Jakarta, have been under Level 4 curbs, which restrict …
- China in Afghanistan: Trade and Terrorismby Mercy A. Kuo on August 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Insights from Sean Roberts.
- Why Is Beijing Micromanaging Its Technology Sector?by Robert Farley on August 2, 2021 at 12:53 pm
Micromanaging a technology ecosystem is enormously complex and difficult, even for a bureaucracy the size of the Chinese government.
- Trial by Pandemic: Uttar Pradesh Polls Big Test For BJPby Krzysztof Iwanek on August 2, 2021 at 12:03 pm
The 2022 elections in UP may indicate whether the BJP’s popularity has been dented in any way by the pandemic.
- COVID-19: Delta variant bears down on China just as its economy loses steamon August 2, 2021 at 12:02 pm
BEIJING: The Delta variant poses new risks for the world’s second-biggest economy as it spreads from the coast to China’s inland cities and presents fresh challenges to authorities who have for months managed to avert any widespread outbreak of the coronavirus. Barely a month after disrupting …
- Thailand steps up home isolation as COVID-19 cases strain hospitalson August 2, 2021 at 11:52 am
BANGKOK: Thailand will increase the number of people required to isolate at home with COVID-19 to 100,000, health officials said on Monday (Aug 2), as capacity in healthcare facilities dwindles amid a surge in cases driven by the Delta variant of the virus. Earlier in the pandemic, all COVID-19 …
- Are shoppers ready for mobile self-checkout stores?by Joe Devanesan on August 2, 2021 at 11:50 am
Back in 2019 before our awareness of any global (contact-transmitted) health crisis, we wondered if till-free, self-checkout stores were the way forward for retailers. While the likes of cashier-less Amazon Go stores and a Sainsbury’s trial in London were undeniably impressive, many consumers still preferred the reassurance of human interaction. And this need should not be… Read more » The post Are shoppers ready for mobile self-checkout stores? appeared first on TechHQ.
- Malaysia reports daily record of 219 COVID-19 deaths; 15,764 new caseson August 2, 2021 at 11:45 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s health ministry reported 219 coronavirus deaths on Monday (Aug 2), a daily record, bringing the Southeast Asian country’s total toll since the start of the pandemic to 9,403 deaths. The ministry also reported 15,764 new COVID-19 infections, bringing Malaysia’s cumulative …
- Brutal Killing Spotlights Violence Against Women in Pakistanby Kathy Gannon on August 2, 2021 at 11:25 am
Rights activists say that gender-based assaults are on the rise as Pakistan barrels toward greater religious extremism.
- Hong Kong announces compulsory COVID-19 vaccines for key sectorson August 2, 2021 at 10:55 am
Hong Kong civil servants, teachers and healthcare workers must get vaccinated against COVID-19 or pay for regular testing, the city’s leader announced on Monday (Aug 2), as her administration adopted a push into mandatory inoculations.
- Malaysia opposition MPs gather at Merdeka Square after being blocked from entering parliamenton August 2, 2021 at 10:36 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leaders including Mr Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir Mohamad gathered at the Merdeka Square on Monday (Aug 2), after they were blocked by the authorities from entering the parliament building. Monday’s special parliamentary meeting was postponed after the detection …
- Death toll from flooding in China’s Henan province jumps to 302on August 2, 2021 at 10:31 am
BEIJING: More than 300 people died in recent flooding in China’s Henan province, authorities said on Monday (Aug 2), three times the previously announced toll. The Henan provincial government said 302 people died and 50 remain missing. The vast majority of the victims were in Zhengzhou, the …
- Explainer: Different interpretations over the Malaysian king’s role in revoking emergency ordinanceson August 2, 2021 at 10:10 am
KUALA LUMPUR: The five-day special parliamentary meeting which began last Monday (Jul 26) was supposed to allow the Malaysian government to brief lawmakers about its COVID-19 response and pave the way for an eventual hybrid parliament sitting. However, the proceedings were overshadowed by an …
- Philippines to extend night curfew in Manila amid COVID-19 surgeon August 2, 2021 at 9:57 am
MANILA: The Philippines will extend a night curfew in the capital, Manila, amid a tightening of curbs in the Southeast Asian country to combat a potential surge in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, a government official said on Monday (Aug 2). Metropolitan Manila, already subject to a six …
- Should businesses focus on food cyber security?by Aaron Raj on August 2, 2021 at 9:50 am
While modern technologies ensures the food supply chain is not disrupted, it also needs to be protected. The post Should businesses focus on food cyber security? appeared first on TechHQ.
- Indonesia’s second COVID-19 wave has peaked, says health ministeron August 2, 2021 at 9:34 am
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s devastating second coronavirus wave, which saw the Southeast Asian country become the epicentre of Asia’s COVID-19 outbreak, has peaked, its health minister said on Monday (Aug 2). Driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, Indonesia has over the past month been faced …
- Indonesia urges Myanmar to approve appointment of ASEAN envoyon August 2, 2021 at 9:03 am
JAKARTA: Indonesia’s foreign minister urged Myanmar on Monday (Aug 2) to approve the appointment of an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) special envoy and said little progress had been made on a plan to promote talks between Myanmar’s rival sides. Six months after the military toppled …
- Fleeting Glimpses of Indonesia’s Endangered Orangutansby Matt Stirn on August 2, 2021 at 9:00 am
On the island of Sumatra, a devoted group of conservationists is grasping for a solution that will benefit both the animals and the people who live around them.
- Hong Kong authorities arrest pro-democracy singer Anthony Wong for ‘corrupt conduct’on August 2, 2021 at 8:53 am
HONG KONG: Hong Kong’s anti-corruption watchdog on Monday (Aug 2) charged a singer and prominent pro-democracy activist, Anthony Wong, with “corrupt conduct” at a 2018 election rally, the latest legal action against dissent by authorities in the city. The Independent Commission Against Corruption …
- ‘Powerless and angry’: Japan’s anti-Olympic activists fight onon August 2, 2021 at 8:51 am
Kai Koyama was standing outside Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium as fireworks burst overhead during the opening ceremony but unlike many of those around him he wasn’t cheering, but protesting.
- Indian states to resolve border row ‘amicably’ after deadly clashon August 2, 2021 at 8:00 am
NEW DELHI: Two states in India’s north-east have agreed to resolve their differences peacefully after their long-running border dispute erupted into deadly violence last week. Last Monday (Jul 26) clashes on the demarcation between Assam and Mizoram left six police officers dead in a major …
- Amazon slapped with biggest GDPR data privacy fine, everby Dashveenjit Kaur on August 2, 2021 at 7:50 am
It’s the biggest monetary penalty imposed to date in connection with the EU’s three-year-old General Data Protection Regulation The decision concludes a probe started by a 2018 complaint from French privacy rights group La Quadrature du Net Amazon said it believes the “decision to be without merit” and that it intends to “vigorously defend” itself… Read more » The post Amazon slapped with biggest GDPR data privacy fine, ever appeared first on TechHQ.
- As Summits Loom, Biden Administration Bolsters Engagement With Southeast Asiaby Sebastian Strangio on August 2, 2021 at 6:28 am
While differences remain, Washington’s current efforts will go some way to allaying Southeast Asian concerns about U.S. disengagement from the region.
- 5.9-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia’s Papua: USGSon August 2, 2021 at 6:22 am
JAKARTA: A 5.9-magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s easternmost Papua region on Monday (Aug 2), the United States Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage. The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 12km, about 180km northeast of …
- Malaysia sees fourth-highest daily COVID-19 infections with 17,150 caseson August 2, 2021 at 5:06 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia on Sunday (Aug 1) reported 17,150 new COVID-19 cases – the country’s fourth-highest daily tally to date. The new cases have brought the national tally of coronavirus infections to 1,130,422, said health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah. Selangor is still the state …
- Myanmar military ruler pledges elections, cooperation with ASEANon August 2, 2021 at 3:25 am
BANGKOK: Myanmar’s military ruler Min Aung Hlaing on Sunday (Aug 1) again promised new multi-party elections and said his government is ready to work with any special envoy named by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). He also said a state of emergency would lifted by August 2023 …
- Olympics – Organisers report 17 more Games-related COVID-19 caseson August 2, 2021 at 2:50 am
Tokyo Olympics organisers reported on Monday 17 new Games-related COVID-19 cases including one athlete, bringing the total number since July 1 to 276.
- South Korea’s record-breaking Olympic archer fought sexism from day oneon August 2, 2021 at 1:16 am
TOKYO: South Korea’s An San was ice-cool as she defied online sexist abuse to seal a hat-trick of gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics, but the ace archer has been fighting discrimination since she was a child. An’s three golds in three archery events – in mixed teams, women’s teams and individual …
- Malaysia’s Youth Step Up Protests As Political Crisis Deepensby Alifah Zainuddin on August 2, 2021 at 1:05 am
Young protestors gather momentum as calls for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation grow louder.
- Myanmar Junta Forms Caretaker Government, Promises Elections in 2023by Sebastian Strangio on August 2, 2021 at 12:49 am
But the announcement will do little to convince the large proportion of the Myanmar public opposing military rule.
- The Rohingyas’ Lost Haven in New Delhiby Naila Khan and Uzair Usmani on August 1, 2021 at 11:42 pm
Rohingya refugees living in a makeshift camp in New Delhi lose their homes.
- Myanmar Junta Chief Takes on ‘Caretaker’ Government PM Role, Raising Constitutional Questionson August 1, 2021 at 11:14 pm
Min Aung Hlaing extends military rule to August 2023 as country struggles with conflict and COVID-19.
- US shot putter Saunders in first Olympic podium proteston August 1, 2021 at 10:52 pm
US shot putter Raven Saunders has risked disciplinary action after making the first podium protest of the Olympic Games.
- After months of failed talks, ASEAN under pressure to name Myanmar envoyon August 1, 2021 at 10:30 pm
Foreign ministers from members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) are under pressure to appoint a special envoy to Myanmar this week after months of negotiations failed to find a consensus candidate.
- Commentary: Ambitious oil facility in Pengerang, Johor a gamble given global climate change agendaon August 1, 2021 at 10:20 pm
On the one hand, Malaysia is embracing shifts bringing forth more renewables and electric vehicles. But on the other, it’s opening big oil facilities, says Renato Lima-de-Oliveira.
- Your Monday Briefingby Melina Delkic on August 1, 2021 at 8:34 pm
Afghans are fleeing the Taliban advance.
- Tokyo Convenience Store Chicken Gizzards Saved My Lifeby Andrew Keh on August 1, 2021 at 3:24 pm
Cut off from most restaurants because of coronavirus restrictions, thousands of international visitors at the Olympics make do — and delight — in convenience store offerings.
- Indonesia extends COVID-19 restrictions for outside Java: Reportson August 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm
Indonesia extended restrictions outside Java island by another week in efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, local media reported on Sunday citing an interior ministry senior official.
- Olympics-Badminton-Chen Yu Fei bags women’s singles gold for Chinaon August 1, 2021 at 2:20 pm
China’s world’s number two Chen Yu Fei took badminton women’s singles gold, beating Taiwan’s Tai Tzu-ying 21-18 19-21 21-18 in Sunday’s final.
- North Korean leader’s sister warns Seoul against military drill with Washingtonon August 1, 2021 at 12:45 pm
Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, said on Sunday that if South Korea carries out a planned joint military exercise with the United States it will damage the resolve of the two Koreas to rebuild relations, state media KCNA reported.
- Olympics-IOC has no plan to mark moment of silence on Hiroshima anniversaryon August 1, 2021 at 11:55 am
The International Olympic Committee does not plan to call for a moment of silence at the Tokyo Games on Aug. 6, the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, instead aiming to honour it in the Tokyo 2020 closing ceremony, organisers said on Sunday.
- Thailand extends stricter COVID-19 measures until end-Auguston August 1, 2021 at 11:32 am
Thailand on Sunday extended tighter containment measures in the capital and high-risk provinces until the end of August, government sources said, to slow the spread of COVID-19 as the country deals with its biggest outbreak to date.
- 2 rare Sumatran tigers recovering after catching COVID-19on August 1, 2021 at 10:59 am
2 rare Sumatran tigers recovering after catching COVID-19
- World’s highest bungy jump: China tourists can now take a 260-metre leap from Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridgeon August 1, 2021 at 10:02 am
The 430-metre glass-bottomed pedestrian bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan and opened in August 2016, was once the longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge in the world.
- Top Myanmar General Says Military Rule Will Continue Into 2023by Hannah Beech on August 1, 2021 at 8:51 am
Six months after seizing power, the junta’s leader on Sunday extended a state of emergency for two more years. Protesters said they would persevere.
- Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID-19on August 1, 2021 at 8:36 am
Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against Covid-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.
- Chinese cities test millions as COVID-19 cases surgeon August 1, 2021 at 7:38 am
Chinese cities rolled out mass testing of millions of people and imposed fresh travel restrictions as health authorities battled Sunday to contain the country’s most widespread coronavirus outbreak in months.
- Afghan forces battle to thwart Taliban assaults on key citieson August 1, 2021 at 5:38 am
Afghan government forces struggled against Taliban assaults on several major cities Sunday as the insurgents stepped up a nationwide offensive that saw a key airport in the south come under rocket fire overnight.
- What’s happening in Myanmar, six months after the coup?on August 1, 2021 at 4:35 am
Myanmar has endured six months of turmoil since the military deposed Aung San Suu Kyi’s government and ended the country’s decade-old experiment with democracy.
- Thai monks don protective gear as COVID-19 cases surgeon August 1, 2021 at 3:26 am
Bangkok: As COVID-19 cases surge in Thailand, some Buddhist monks are donning personal protective equipment over their distinctive robes, delivering oxygen cylinders, taking nasal samples to help with testing, and even helping carry the dead to the crematoriums. Thailand is struggling to contain …
- Relawan pemulasaraan di Bogor jemput jenazah dari rumah-rumah seiring melemahnya sistem kesehatan Indonesia akibat COVID-19on July 31, 2021 at 11:09 pm
BOGOR, Indonesia: Panas begitu menyengat saat empat sukarelawan dari gugus tugas COVID-19 setempat, berlapiskan alat pelindung diri lengkap, turun ke kawasan padat penduduk di Bogor, salah satu kota satelit Jakarta. Bermandikan keringat, dengan kacamata pelindung dan perisai muka yang berkabut …
- Bogor volunteers bury those who died at home, as COVID-19 stretches Indonesia’s healthcare systemon July 31, 2021 at 11:08 pm
BOGOR, Indonesia: The sun was blazing hot when four volunteers from the local COVID-19 task force, draped in full personal protective gear, descended on a densely populated neighbourhood in Bogor, one of Jakarta’s satellite cities. Soaking in sweat with their goggles and face shields fogging …
- US top diplomat Blinken to court Southeast Asia in virtual meetings next weekon July 31, 2021 at 10:08 pm
WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet virtually with Southeast Asian officials every day next week, a senior state department official said on Saturday (Jul 31), as Washington seeks to show the region it’s a US priority while also addressing the crisis in Myanmar. The top …
- Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades: Bishopon July 31, 2021 at 7:16 pm
Bishop: Albany diocese covered up priest abuse for decades
- Interview: Beijing Olympics Means ‘Patting Xi Jinping on the Back’ Amid Xinjiang, Tibet Horrorson July 31, 2021 at 6:31 pm
“If the Olympic Committee remains resolute, we should boycott it,” Rep. Chris Smith says of the Feb. 4-20 winter games in the Chinese capital.
- Indian, Chinese army officers meet to defuse border standoffon July 31, 2021 at 5:37 pm
Top Indian and Chinese army commanders met on Saturday (Jul 31) after a gap of three months to discuss the expeditious disengagement of thousands of forces in a bid to ease the 15-month border tensions and clashes.
- Police in China Detain Canadian Pop Star Kris Wu on Suspicion of Rapeby Amy Qin and Elsie Chen on July 31, 2021 at 4:42 pm
Kris Wu, a 30-year-old celebrity, is the most prominent figure in China to be held over #MeToo allegations.
- Mastermind behind deadly 2019 Kashmir attack killed in shootout: Indian policeon July 31, 2021 at 4:08 pm
The mastermind behind a 2019 attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops has been killed in a shootout with security forces, Indian police in Kashmir said on Saturday.
- The Collapse of Malaysia’s Middle Classby Amrita Malhi on July 31, 2021 at 3:36 pm
On the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s New Economic Policy, the middle class it famously built may be collapsing. Will its goal of national unity collapse with it?
- How Pacific Regionalism Fell Apartby Steven Ratuva on July 31, 2021 at 3:24 pm
It was almost inevitable that fractures would emerge within the Pacific Islands Forum.
- What the Olympics Means to Japanby Robin Kietlinski on July 31, 2021 at 3:22 pm
Japan has been fixated on the Olympic Movement since the event began. Why?
- Jules Boykoff on a Beijing 2022 Boycottby Catherine Putz on July 31, 2021 at 3:15 pm
“China is no place for the Olympics, given that extreme human rights abuses in the country clash with principles enshrined in the Olympic Charter.”
- As COVID-19 cases surge, Thai hospital uses containers to store bodieson July 31, 2021 at 1:52 pm
BANGKOK: A Thai hospital morgue overwhelmed by COVID-19 deaths has begun storing bodies in refrigerated containers, resorting to a measure it last took in a devastating 2004 tsunami, as the country grapples with its biggest coronavirus outbreak. Thailand on Saturday (Jul 31) reported a daily …
- Malaysians stage anti-government protest despite COVID-19 curbson July 31, 2021 at 12:05 pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Hundreds of black-clad Malaysians staged an anti-government protest on Saturday (Jul 31) in defiance of a ban on public gatherings under coronavirus curbs, piling pressure on the embattled prime minister to resign. The mostly young protesters, wearing masks and keeping a distance …
- Malaysia’s special parliamentary meeting next Monday postponed due to COVID-19 cases in lower houseon July 31, 2021 at 10:30 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s special parliamentary meeting next Monday (Aug 2) will be postponed to a future date due to COVID-19 cases being detected in parliament, said the secretary of the House of Representatives. In a statement issued on Saturday, Mr Nizam Mydin Bacha Mydin said the notice to …
- Bangladeshis rush back to work as factories reopen despite COVID-19 surgeon July 31, 2021 at 9:10 am
SHIMULIA, Bangladesh: Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshi garment workers rushed back to major cities on Saturday (Jul 31), besieging train and bus stations, after the government said export factories could reopen despite a deadly coronavirus wave. With the economy badly hit by the pandemic, the …
- Two more parts of China report COVID-19 outbreakson July 31, 2021 at 5:26 am
BEIJING: China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak in months has spread to two more parts of the country, health authorities said on Saturday (Jul 21), including a sprawling megacity of 31 million people. The National Health Commission reported 55 new cases in areas including Fujian province and Chongqing …
- Malaysia’s king extends COVID-19 state of emergency in Sarawak to stop pollson July 31, 2021 at 4:20 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s king extended a state of emergency in the eastern state of Sarawak until February 2022 to suspend regional elections amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Malaysia is under emergency rule nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19 but that is set to expire on Sunday (Aug 1). The …
- Olympics-Tokyo organisers report 21 new Games-related COVID-19 caseson July 31, 2021 at 2:06 am
Tokyo Olympics organisers on Saturday reported 21 new Games-related COVID-19 cases.
- Six Months After Myanmar’s Coup, Life is Worse in Nearly Every Metric: Analystson July 31, 2021 at 1:02 am
Observers predict that the junta’s inability to govern will lead to a power struggle in the long term.
- IN FOCUS: Hospital beds, oxygen in short supply as Indonesia wages fierce battle against COVID-19on July 31, 2021 at 12:14 am
With the pandemic worsening, CNA looks back at how the situation unfolded from one that seemed to be under control, to record cases after the Idul Fitri holiday.
- First evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans to USon July 30, 2021 at 11:44 pm
WASHINGTON: The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday (Jul 30), and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home. The …
- Chinese Authorities in Tibet Demand Information on Relatives Living Abroadon July 30, 2021 at 11:10 pm
The campaign is aimed at stopping news of protests and other politically sensitive information from reaching contacts outside Tibet.
- Cambodia Closes Border Crossings as COVID-19 Crisis Strands Migrant Workers in Thailandon July 30, 2021 at 9:16 pm
Many workers who have lost their jobs or are in quarantine say they have no income for food.
- The Living Legacy of the Flying Tigersby Samuel Hui on July 30, 2021 at 5:04 pm
The history of the Flying Tigers is not only an inspirational story – it is the key to future Taiwan-U.S. security cooperation.
- China’s space propaganda blitz endures at slick new planetariumon July 30, 2021 at 3:37 pm
SHANGHAI: China has opened the doors to what it bills as the world’s largest planetarium, a slick new Shanghai facility showcasing the nation’s recent extra-terrestrial exploits while notably downplaying those of space pioneers like the United States. Beijing has spent much of this year bombarding …
- China nuclear reactor shut down for maintenance after damageon July 30, 2021 at 3:32 pm
BEIJING: A reactor at a nuclear plant in southern China has been shut down because it is damaged, the operator said on Friday (Jul 30), but it insisted there were no major safety issues. Chinese authorities last month blamed minor fuel rod damage for a build-up of radioactive gases at the Taishan …
- ‘Produce Camp 2021’ and the Chinese Dreamby Song Tang on July 30, 2021 at 3:19 pm
The boy band elimination show promotes the image of China as a culturally influential and friendly country — a key goal of the Chinese Dream.
- Britain Returns to Asia, to China’s Dismayby Bonnie Girard on July 30, 2021 at 2:53 pm
The U.K.’s naval presence in East Asia has provoked an angry response from China.
- Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercisesby Jim Gomez on July 30, 2021 at 2:36 pm
The president has formally retracted his earlier letter announcing the termination of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement.
- ‘Welcome Home’: Evacuation Flight Brings 200 Afghans to USby Ellen Knickmeyer and Matthew Lee on July 30, 2021 at 2:14 pm
Subsequent flights are due to bring more of the roughly 700 applicants who are farthest along in the process of getting visas.
- Authoritarianism Can’t Beat Climate Change by Alexander Butler on July 30, 2021 at 1:55 pm
If indeed there does exist a pathway out of global climate governance gridlock, the answer does not lie at the feet of authoritarian monoliths.
- Health passes picking up pace across Europeby Joe Devanesan on July 30, 2021 at 1:50 pm
Health passes are being increasingly adopted by European countries, both in digital and in paper variants depending on country, and they limit entry to certain public places to those who have been vaccinated, recovered from Covid-19 or tested negative. Here’s an overview of measures to introduce health passes, technology-enabled or otherwise, throughout the continent: Denmark… Read more » The post Health passes picking up pace across Europe appeared first on TechHQ.
- Sri Lanka ends work-from-home option despite COVID-19 surgeon July 30, 2021 at 1:40 pm
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka announced Friday (Jul 30) it was ending its work-from-home option for civil servants, ordering all 1.2 million back to the office from Monday despite a surge in coronavirus infections. The island’s top bureaucrat, PB Jayasundera, said there was no need for officials to work from …
- Hong Kong police arrest man for booing China anthem during Olympics broadcaston July 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm
HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said on Friday (Jul 30) they had arrested a 40-year-old man for booing China’s national anthem in a shopping mall broadcasting live the city’s first Olympic gold medal win in 25 years earlier this week. More than 100 people gathered briefly on Monday night in a mall to …
- Pakistan’s Social Media Is Overflowing With Hate Speech Against Ahmadisby Tehreem Azeem on July 30, 2021 at 1:26 pm
The minority community has always faced persecution in the real world. Online, it’s become even more common.
- How Feminism Became a Dirty Word in South Koreaby Spencer Hines and Jay Song on July 30, 2021 at 1:02 pm
The demonization of feminist discourse and ideology in South Korea is a critical impetus for young Korean men’s embrace of misogynist attitudes and conservative politics.
- Reasons for Optimism in Wake of Sherman’s Visit to Chinaby Brian Wong on July 30, 2021 at 12:55 pm
Policymakers from both sides of the Pacific would benefit from seizing upon the opportunity generated by Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman’s visit.
- Planted art: Japan rice field work marks Tokyo Olympicson July 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm
GYODA: From the ground, there’s not much to distinguish the rice stalks in a field in Japan’s Gyoda. It’s only seen from above that a massive artwork marking the Olympics emerges. The huge, living installation features iconic Japanese images: The famous wave and Mount Fuji of Katsushika Hokusai’s …
- Who Is Qin Gang, China’s New US Ambassador?by Lizzi C. Lee on July 30, 2021 at 12:36 pm
Qin has little U.S. experience, unlike his predecessors. But he may have something even more valuable: direct access to Xi Jinping.
- More than 183,000 active COVID-19 cases in Malaysia amid record ICU numberson July 30, 2021 at 11:50 am
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia marked a record 183,706 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday (Jul 30) as health authorities also grappled with an all-time high of critically ill patients. A total of 1,055 patients are now warded in the intensive care unit, the fourth record this week. Of these, 532 require …
- Afghanistan 2021 Is Not Afghanistan 1996. That Offers Hope for Peace.by Mirwais Wakil and Anthony Pahnke on July 30, 2021 at 11:50 am
The reality in Afghanistan and the region provides a lot for peacemakers to work with — if we can look past gloomy predictions.
- Indian state issues travel advisory after deadly border clashon July 30, 2021 at 10:30 am
NEW DELHI: The Indian state of Assam has advised its residents to avoid travelling to neighbouring Mizoram after six policemen were shot dead in a rare border clash between the two regions. India’s northeast has been a hotbed of ethnic tensions since independence in 1947 and borders between its …
- Recent COVID-19 outbreak in China’s Nanjing linked to flight from Russia, says officialon July 30, 2021 at 10:26 am
SHANGHAI: China’s eastern city of Nanjing reported 13 new domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Jul 29), bringing the total to 184 since Jul 20, as the country’s latest major outbreak caused by the more contagious Delta variant persists. Gene sequencing results of 52 cases linked to …
- Thailand bans ‘false messages’ amid criticism of handling of COVID-19on July 30, 2021 at 9:57 am
BANGKOK: Thailand on Friday (Jul 30) banned the dissemination of “false messages” that affect security, drawing accusations from media groups that it is trying to crack down on criticism of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said this week that the spread of …
- South Korea announces COVID-19 vaccination plan for 18 to 49 year oldson July 30, 2021 at 9:41 am
SEOUL: South Korea announced on Friday (Jul 30) plans to expand its coronavirus vaccine rollout to people aged 18 to 49, as the country grapples with record high daily cases driven mostly by infections in the unvaccinated younger population. South Korea has been struggling to boost its …
- Vietnam taps private hospitals as Delta-driven COVID-19 infections riseon July 30, 2021 at 9:20 am
HANOI: Vietnam’s health ministry issued an urgent appeal on Friday (Jul 30) for private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients as the Southeast Asian country battles a surge in infections driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. After successfully containing the virus for much of the pandemic …
- 20 dead, 300,000 stranded in flood-hit Bangladesh regionon July 30, 2021 at 9:15 am
COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Monsoon floods and landslides have cut off more than 300,000 people in villages across southeast Bangladesh and killed at least 20 people including six Rohingya refugees, officials said Friday (Jul 30). The region along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border where nearly one …
- 11 COVID-19 cases reported in Malaysia parliamenton July 30, 2021 at 8:33 am
PUTRAJAYA: Eleven COVID-19 cases were detected on Thursday (Jul 29) at a special sitting of Malaysia’s Dewan Rakyat, the lower house of parliament. Ten of these cases were detected using antigen saliva test kits, health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement on Friday. The …
- British former adviser to Malaysia’s Najib has graft charges droppedon July 30, 2021 at 8:22 am
KUALA LUMPUR: A former media adviser to former Malaysia prime minister Najib Razak has had money laundering charges dropped after agreeing to pay US$1.7 million to scandal-hit sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, officials said on Friday (Jul 30). Briton Paul Stadlen is believed to have left the country …
- Frenchman in Tokyo ends hunger strike over his ‘abducted’ childrenon July 30, 2021 at 8:02 am
TOKYO: A Frenchman who went on hunger strike in Tokyo seeking access to his children said on Friday (Jul 30) he had ended his protest to undergo surgery on his finger after a fall. For three weeks, Vincent Fichot sat outside a train station near the Olympic Stadium in a bid to be reunited with his …
- Hong Kong man sentenced to 9 years in prison in first national security caseon July 30, 2021 at 7:55 am
HONG KONG: The first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law was sentenced to nine years for terrorist activities and inciting secession, judges said on Friday (Jul 30), in a watershed ruling with long-term implications for the city’s judicial landscape. Former waiter Tong Ying …
- Hong Kong police investigate Olympic chants, China anthem booingon July 30, 2021 at 7:52 am
HONG KONG: Hong Kong police on Friday (Jul 30) said they had launched an investigation into Olympic Games fans who booed China’s national anthem and drowned it out with chanting during a public screening at a mall. The international finance hub has had its best Games on record with Edgar Cheung …
- India reports most new COVID-19 cases in three weekson July 30, 2021 at 6:47 am
India reported 44,230 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the most in three weeks, the latest evidence of a worrying trend of rising cases that has forced one state to lock down amid fears of another wave of infections.
- Philippines to place Manila area in lockdown to curb COVID-19 Delta varianton July 30, 2021 at 5:47 am
MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday (Jul 30) approved the imposition of lockdown measures in the capital region, in a bid to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant and to shield the country’s medical system. The Manila capital region, a sprawl of 16 cities home to …
- The Gendered Impact of Uttar Pradesh’s Population Control Billby Bansari Kamdar on July 30, 2021 at 3:46 am
Improving women’s access to family planning and education would be a better way to control population growth.
- South Korea and the Tokyo Olympicsby Jenna Gibson on July 29, 2021 at 7:20 pm
Even while Koreans cheer on their athletes, the tensions between Japan and South Korea are bringing a political tint to the Games.
- China Is Providing an Alternative Regional Framework for South Asiaby Bipin Ghimire and Apoorva Pathak on July 29, 2021 at 5:25 pm
China has set up its own alternative to SAARC and BIMSTEC – one that does not include India.
- US Navy Unveils Strategy for Autonomous Vehiclesby Steven Stashwick on July 29, 2021 at 5:17 pm
AI-controlled unmanned craft can supplement flagging numbers in the U.S. fleet.
- Are Pakistan-Sri Lanka Ties Emerging From India’s Shadow?by Kunwar Khuldune Shahid on July 29, 2021 at 4:58 pm
From Imran Khan’s visit to stronger trade ties, Pakistan’s much-touted shift from geopolitics to geoeconomics is on display in Sri Lanka.
- Blinken’s India Visit Goes Off Smoothlyby Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan on July 29, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Despite concerns that the Biden administration’s focus on human rights and democracy would entail sharp criticism of New Delhi, Blinken’s visit highlighted the many areas of bilateral synergy.
- Oversight After the US Withdrawal From Afghanistanby Catherine Putz on July 29, 2021 at 2:07 pm
In its latest quarterly report, SIGAR says the withdrawal complicates its mission, but does not diminish the necessity of oversight as U.S. funds continue to flow.
- Malaysia PM Under Pressure to Quit After Stern Royal Rebukeby Eileen Ng on July 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm
The king’s statement immediately sparked an uproar in Parliament, with opposition lawmakers shouting “treason” and demanding that Prime Minister Muhyiddin resign.
- How Taiwan’s Mayors Helped Lead the Fight Against COVID-19by Chingyu Yao on July 29, 2021 at 1:25 pm
Citizen-centered policies and local mayors can lead Taiwan – and the world – into a better new normal even after the pandemic.
- Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Governmentby Mong Palatino on July 29, 2021 at 12:35 pm
The Philippines’ first-ever gold medalist had an earlier claim to fame: being accused of conspiring against the Duterte administration.
- China Targets the Private Tutoring Sectorby Eleanor Albert on July 29, 2021 at 12:26 pm
New scrutiny on the tutoring industry comes amid a broader tightening of regulations in general.
- Travel to Japan during Covid-19: What you need to knowon July 29, 2021 at 8:35 am
If you’re planning a trip to Japan, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.
- Elections in Pakistan’s Kashmir Highlight Domination by Mainland Partiesby Umair Jamal on July 29, 2021 at 6:07 am
The election campaign saw little discussion of Pakistan’s territorial claims over Indian-administered Kashmir.
- TSMC and Samsung: Semiconductor Chip Shortageby Mercy A. Kuo on July 28, 2021 at 6:09 pm
Insights from David Yoffie.
- South Korea’s Struggle With the Politics of Inclusionby Yong Kwon on July 28, 2021 at 5:50 pm
The obvious path out of South Korea’s demographic crisis is encouraging more immigrants and women to join the workforce. What’s standing in the way?
- Coal Mining and Indigenous Communities in India: Conflict or Co-optation?by Itay Noy on July 28, 2021 at 5:29 pm
The story of Karampot illustrates how local politics around mining can ultimately result not in resistance but, rather, participation in the economy of resource extraction.
- COVID-19 Turned Vietnam’s State-Run Union’s Greatest Weakness Into Its Biggest Strengthby Joe Buckley on July 28, 2021 at 4:54 pm
The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor may be unable to fight for workers’ rights, but it is well-placed to help them amid the COVID-19 crisis.
- Why Taiwan Is Beating COVID-19 – Againby Wayne Soon on July 28, 2021 at 4:26 pm
How did Taiwan suppress this wave, even as Australia, Vietnam, and Singapore are struggling with an uptick of the virus?
- How Far Can Raw Talent Take South Asian Athletes at the Olympics?by Niha Dagia on July 28, 2021 at 3:17 pm
The performance of South Asian athletes at the global level is hampered by poor infrastructure and training facilities at home.
- US Stepping up Airstrikes This Week to Support Afghan Forcesby Robert Burns on July 28, 2021 at 3:12 pm
The strikes, which include several conducted last week, indicate stepped up U.S. support after weeks of battlefield gains by the Taliban as U.S. troops complete their withdrawal.
- Tokyo Sets Another COVID Record Days After Olympics Beginby Mari Yamaguchi on July 28, 2021 at 3:03 pm
Even as the Games continue, health experts urged Japanese to adopt a “sense of crisis” toward the current outbreak.
- Can the Taliban Play China and Russia Off the United States?by Catherine Putz on July 28, 2021 at 2:18 pm
The consensus is that negotiation is the only way out of the conflict for Afghanistan, but that only holds true if the international community is united. It’s not.
- In Vietnam, Civil Society Is Picking up the Slack Where Authorities Struggleby Luke Hunt on July 28, 2021 at 1:57 pm
Ho Chi Minh City residents say self-help is key to surviving the pandemic.
- Mongolia Seizes the Diplomatic Momentby Shannon Tiezzi on July 28, 2021 at 1:35 pm
In the space of just five days, Mongolian officials have held high-level talks with China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States
- Emergency Fighters and National Resilienceby Jacob Parakilas on July 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm
Complex, expensive high-end military hardware might prove impossible to replace quickly enough during a major conventional war. It’s time to revisit the idea of building simpler, cheaper emergency replacements.
- Moon Jae-in’s Stalled Odyssey to Peace in Koreaby Chung-in Moon on July 28, 2021 at 12:13 pm
President Moon’s Korea Peace Initiative has faced mixed results and daunting challenges, but there are no better options.
- In Exporting Problems, Australia Risks Damaging Ties With New Zealandby Grant Wyeth on July 28, 2021 at 12:06 pm
With deportations, Australia is demonstrating a knee-jerk self-interest, divorced from the wider realities of the Australia-New Zealand relationship.
- Nepal’s Cautious Approach to the Tibetan Questionby Arun Budhathoki and Bindesh Dahal on July 28, 2021 at 5:59 am
The presence of Tibetan refugees on its soil makes Nepal vulnerable to Chinese pressure.
- South Asia’s Cultural Climate Is at Risk. What Can the US Do?by Knox Thames on July 27, 2021 at 7:43 pm
Encouraging South Asian nations to protect their historic multiculturalism will help reduce human rights violations, protect religious and ethnic minorities, and promote peace and stability.
- China’s Growing Ties With Indonesian Provincesby Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat on July 27, 2021 at 6:40 pm
Getting close to Indonesian provinces is a key goal of Chinese diplomacy and crucial for the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative.
- Remaking the South Korea-US Allianceby Sukjoon Yoon on July 27, 2021 at 6:01 pm
The threat from North Korea (and beyond) has changed. The ROK-U.S. alliance must change as well to keep pace.
- Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medalby James Ellingsworth on July 27, 2021 at 2:57 pm
The silver medal is Turkmenistan’s first since independence in 1991.
- After Massive Floods, Zhengzhou’s Subway Becomes a Public Mourning Siteby Dake Kang on July 27, 2021 at 2:49 pm
At least 71 people perished in last week’s floods in Henan Province, including 14 who were trapped on the flooded subway in Zhengzhou.
- Bhutan’s Vaccination Program Scales New Heightsby Wasbir Hussain and Rishi Lekhi on July 27, 2021 at 2:06 pm
The Himalayan kingdom fully vaccinated 90 percent of eligible adults within a week.
- Adriana Elisabeth on the Conflict in West Papuaby Sebastian Strangio on July 27, 2021 at 2:04 pm
Dr. Adriana Elisabeth on the roots of the conflict in Papua, the Indonesian government’s response to a recent uptick in insurgent activity, and what it will take to resolve the decades-long crisis.
- Kyrgyz Politician Arrested for Involvement in October Unrest Begins Hunger Strikeby Catherine Putz on July 27, 2021 at 1:38 pm
Jenish Moldokmatov, a harsh critic of President Japarov, is facing charges of orchestrating riots during last October’s unrest; the same unrest that saw Japarov rise to power.
- How China Missed Its COVID-19 Opportunityby Ben Moeller on July 27, 2021 at 1:37 pm
After initial missteps, Beijing had the chance to be the envy of the world for its pandemic management. What went wrong?
- Economic Logic Alone Will Not Curb ASEAN’s Carbon Emissionsby James Guild on July 27, 2021 at 1:05 pm
The hard political choices involved in phasing out coal and reducing emissions are the most important, and also the most often elided, element.
- North, South Korea Agree to Reopen Communication Channelsby Mitch Shin on July 27, 2021 at 12:48 pm
With only eight months left in President Moon’s term, the two Koreas surprisingly agreed to restore channels and improve ties.
- General Ju Qiansheng Takes Command of the PLA Strategic Support Forceby Marcus Clay on July 27, 2021 at 12:31 pm
The former commander of the People’s Liberation Army Strategic Support Force Network Systems Department is taking over the entire force.
- Project Taliban: An Anti-Pashtun Initiative?by Bilquees Daud on July 27, 2021 at 12:09 pm
Pashtuns on both sides of the Durand line have been at the receiving end of some of the most grotesque and intense violence by the Taliban.
- Is Securitization of Climate Change a Boon or Bane?by Asif Muztaba Hassan on July 27, 2021 at 2:46 am
Climate-vulnerable nations are calling on rich countries to deliver the $100 billion per annum they promised years ago as climate finance.
- Tajikistan’s Latest COVID Outbreak: The Rahmon Familyby Catherine Putz on July 26, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Tajikistan’s leaders declared the country COVID-free back in January, but the recent death of the president’s sister, reportedly from COVID-19, exposes the reality: The pandemic isn’t over.
- Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealersby Jim Gomez on July 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm
Duterte devoted most of a rambling, nearly three-hour televised speech to non-pandemic topics he has addressed repeatedly in the past.
- Hotels and Free Wi-Fi Are Sitting Ducks for North Korean Cybercriminalsby Jason Bartlett on July 26, 2021 at 6:02 pm
North Korea has a track record of conducting sophisticated cyberattacks from unexpected locations through highly creative means.
- David and Goliath: Myanmar’s Armed Resistance at the Crossroadsby Robert Bociaga on July 26, 2021 at 5:47 pm
“We can’t just wait to get help until we die”: More and more protesters see no hope for a return to democracy outside of taking up arms.
- The Legacy of the South China Sea Arbitral Tribunal Ruling, Five Years Onby Ankit Panda on July 26, 2021 at 4:37 pm
What is the legacy of the landmark 2016 ruling by the Hague-based arbitral tribunal?
- Malaysia’s Parliament Opens After 7 Months, Emergency to Endby Eileen Ng on July 26, 2021 at 3:25 pm
The reopening has been criticized as a sham, as the five-day session is limited to reviewing the government’s COVID-19 response and there are no plans for any votes.
- During Latest Exchange, China Presents US With 2 Lists of Grievancesby Shannon Tiezzi on July 26, 2021 at 2:55 pm
Based on the official read-outs from both sides, it seems Wendy Sherman’s trip to China didn’t go much beyond repeating lengthy lists of concern.
- The Maldives’ ‘India Out’ Campaignby Balachander Palanisamy on July 26, 2021 at 2:11 pm
The Maldives has begun to realize a mutually beneficial relationship with India, and the Solih government means to maintain it despite a growing rhetoric stirring anti-India sentiments.
- Blinken Must Urge Modi to Repeal Repressive Lawsby Carolyn Nash on July 26, 2021 at 1:19 pm
While in New Delhi, Blinken should press Modi to repeal and amend laws that jeopardize human rights.
- Reality Check: China’s Digital Yuan Is Not a Threat to the Westby Sara Hsu on July 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm
There are enough real issue between the U.S. and China. There is little need to invent tensions, such as with the Chinese digital currency.
- Bangladesh’s Coming COVID-19 Catastrophe by Masum Billah on July 26, 2021 at 11:55 am
The country withdrew restrictions for a week to celebrate Eid festival. Health experts now fear that the situation may spiral out of control in the weeks ahead.
- Will US Concerns Over India’s Democracy Dampen the Mood During Blinken’s Visit?by Sudha Ramachandran on July 26, 2021 at 8:14 am
Cooperation in Afghanistan, the Indo-Pacific and countering COVID-19 are on the agenda of the bilateral talks.
- Countries welcoming US tourists backon July 20, 2021 at 1:39 am
Once one of the world’s most powerful travel documents, the might of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic. With US Covid-19 cases now past the 32.4 million mark, some nations continue to view vacationers warily even as more Americans get vaccinated.
- Sri Lanka reopens borders to international travelerson January 22, 2021 at 9:01 am
The island nation of Sri Lanka is now open to tourists from all countries.
- Singapore Airlines plans for a fully vaccinated crewon January 19, 2021 at 1:22 pm
Singapore’s national carrier is hoping to become the world’s first airline to get all of its crew members vaccinated against Covid-19.
- China debuts 620 kph train prototypeon January 18, 2021 at 4:10 am
China has revealed a prototype for a new high-speed Maglev train that is capable of reaching speeds of 620 kilometers (385 miles) per hour.
- Self-driving robotaxis are taking off in Chinaon December 8, 2020 at 5:36 am
The world has been inching toward fully autonomous cars for years. In China, one company just got even closer to making it a reality.
- A Shanghai building ‘walks’ to a new locationon November 4, 2020 at 1:28 am
Shanghai residents passing through the city’s eastern Huangpu district in October might have stumbled upon an unusual sight: a “walking” building.
- This ‘edible’ plastic bag alternative could save Nara’s sacred deeron October 21, 2020 at 7:26 pm
A local entrepreneur in the Japanese tourist destination of Nara has developed an alternative to plastic shopping bags, to protect the town’s sacred deer.
- The battle to save Sri Lanka’s leopardson January 16, 2020 at 9:41 am
Having endured a bloody civil war from 1983 until 2009, Sri Lanka is now at peace and developing rapidly. That’s good news for the country as a whole, but the island nation’s leopards are under threat.
- Wildlife is flourishing around Fukushimaon January 8, 2020 at 7:47 am
Nearly a decade after Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster, researchers have discovered that wildlife is thriving in the areas evacuated by humans, despite radiological contamination.