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- Ratan Tata: Tycoon’s ride in India’s cheapest car wins interneton 2022-05-19 at 05:27
When Ratan Tata recently rode in the Nano, he revived the frenzy over India’s “most affordable car”.
- Cost of living: Stock markets fall amid concern over rising priceson 2022-05-19 at 04:50
US shares saw their biggest one-day drop since 2020 after renewed signs of waning consumer confidence.
- Leaky Gucci and Adidas ‘sun umbrella’ sparks China outcryon 2022-05-19 at 03:43
Chinese social media users say they are shocked the 11,100 yuan ($1,642; £1,329) item will not stop rain.
- Amnesty says FIFA should pay $440 million to ‘abused’ migrant workers in Qatarby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-19 at 03:00
Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday urged football’s governing body FIFA pay compensation equal to the total 2022 World Cup prize money for migrant workers “abused” in host nation Qatar.
- Australia election: How climate is making Australia more unliveableon 2022-05-19 at 00:21
Climate-driven disasters are converging with key financial decisions like never before, experts say.
- India seeks to win public trust in crisis-hit Sri Lankaon 2022-05-19 at 00:16
Sri Lanka’s giant neighbour is emerging as one of its biggest providers of aid, after years of mistrust.
- Is Bangladesh heading toward a Sri Lanka-like crisis?on 2022-05-18 at 13:21
Like Colombo, Dhaka has also taken on massive foreign loans to embark on what critics call "white elephant" projects. The economic turmoil in Sri Lanka should serve as a cautionary tale, say experts.
- How NATO weapons from Afghanistan are impacting Kashmir’s militancyon 2022-05-18 at 13:10
Bombs and weapons used in Afghanistan by militants and US forces are making their way into India-administered Kashmir, raising fears that they could bolster an Islamist insurgency in the area.
- Gambler to pay back Japanese Covid-19 fund he spenton 2022-05-18 at 12:34
The man’s lawyer said his client gambled the pay-out after it was mistakenly paid to his bank account.
- Hong Kong: Why Catholics are worried over free speechon 2022-05-18 at 11:46
Following the arrest of pro-democracy Cardinal Joseph Zen, some Catholic community members in Hong Kong worry the government may now shift the focus of its crackdown to the religious community.
- Sri Lanka’s economic crisis: ‘It’s not looking good’ for Rajapaksa familyby Haxie MEYERS-BELKIN on 2022-05-18 at 11:08
Sri Lanka is in the grip of its worst economic crisis in decades, facing depleted petrol reserves, food shortages and a chronic lack of medical supplies. More than a month of mainly peaceful protests against the government’s handling of the economy turned deadly last week when supporters of the former prime minister stormed an anti-government protest site in the commercial capital Colombo. We discuss the depth of protesters’ grievances, as well as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s chances of weathering the storm, with Sri Lankan human rights lawyer and activist Bhavani Fonseka.
- Scott Morrison crashes into a boy during football matchon 2022-05-18 at 10:12
Scott Morrison was playing five-a-side on the campaign trail ahead of Australia’s election on Saturday.
- ‘Never have we seen this crisis in April’: In India, a water train to help with the heatwaveby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-18 at 08:26
As a heatwave scorches residents in India’s western state of Rajasthan, special trains carrying water have brought much-needed relief to struggling residents in the Pali district. “This time the crisis is severe. Never have we seen this crisis in April, but this year the water scarcity started in April. That’s why we had to run these water trains”, Pali Manwar railway station manager Prakash Purohit says.
- North Korea reports uptick in suspected Covid-19 casesby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-18 at 07:21
North Korea on Wednesday reported 232,880 new cases of fever and another six deaths as leader Kim Jong Un accused officials of “immaturity” and “slackness” in their early handling of the COVID-19 outbreak ravaging across the unvaccinated nation.
- Assam floods: Eight dead and thousands displaced in India stateon 2022-05-18 at 07:10
Several villages in the mountainous state of Assam have been cut off due to floods and landslides.
- China Eastern plane crash likely intentional, US reports sayon 2022-05-18 at 04:58
Flight data reportedly indicates someone in the cockpit made the China Eastern Airlines jet crash.
- Afghanistan: The secret girls school defying the Talibanon 2022-05-17 at 23:49
The teachers fear being arrested or beaten after the Taliban banned most teenage girls from education.
- Climate change swells odds of record India, Pakistan heatwaveson 2022-05-17 at 23:37
A UK study says record-breaking temperatures in NW India and Pakistan are now 100 times more likely.
- China’s silenced feminist: How Sophia Huang Xueqin went missingon 2022-05-17 at 23:09
BBC Eye investigates the disappearance of Sophia Huang Xueqin, a high-profile feminist journalist who kick-started China’s #MeToo movement.
- How Gen Z is hooked on cryptocurrency and NFTson 2022-05-17 at 23:05
A growing number of young people are getting into crypto trading – despite the risks.
- Sri Lankan lawmakers fail in no-confidence motion bidon 2022-05-17 at 17:58
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said his country only has enough gasoline to last one more day, and is $74 billion short of funds to pay for essentials.
- Australia election: A simple guideon 2022-05-17 at 16:08
Australians go to the polls on 21 May, for the country’s first election since 2019.
- Ukraine war: Repatriated Pakistani students worry for their futureon 2022-05-17 at 14:28
Hundreds of Pakistanis studying in Ukraine were brought home after Russia invaded the Eastern European country. Now they can neither go back nor find a place in local universities.
- India: Is it time to declare marital rape a crime?on 2022-05-17 at 12:44
The recent failure of an Indian court to deliver a clear verdict criminalizing marital rape has highlighted the public divide on the issue.
- Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, new prime minister sayson 2022-05-17 at 10:55
Ranil Wickremesinghe says the country’s central bank will print money to pay government wages.
- Australia’s federal election: Climate change becomes top concern for votersby Charles PELLEGRIN on 2022-05-17 at 10:24
Australia is counting down to its next federal election on May 21. The environmental crisis is high on voters’ minds and smaller parties and independents are gaining momentum by riding a wave of disillusionment over the conservative coalition’s lack of climate action. With a hung parliament looking likely, these minor players could force the traditional parties to do more to tackle global warming. Climate change is an increasingly hot-button issue since the country’s devastating bushfires of 2019-20. Our correspondents Richelle Harrison Plesse and Gregory Plesse report.
- India: Will LIC stake sale trigger a big privatization push?on 2022-05-17 at 09:31
India’s largest insurer has made its debut on the stock market after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government divested a small stake in it. But a big privatization drive in the near future appears unlikely.
- US warns over risk of hiring North Korea IT workerson 2022-05-17 at 04:08
The remote workers allegedly aim to help fund Pyongyang’s advanced weapons programmes.
- Thomas Cup: How cricket-crazy India scripted world badminton gloryon 2022-05-17 at 01:21
Nobody gave India a chance but the team defied the odds to cause a huge sporting upset.
- NFHS-5: India’s preference for sons over daughters remainson 2022-05-17 at 01:09
Nearly 80% of those who took part in a government survey said they wanted at least one son in their lifetime.
- California church shooting motivated by anti-Taiwanese hate, authorities sayon 2022-05-16 at 23:56
Authorities say the suspect was a Chinese immigrant who harbored grievances against Taiwan. He is facing one count of murder and five counts of attempted murder.
- What do Indigenous people want from Australia’s election?on 2022-05-16 at 23:01
Seven Indigenous people explain their most pressing concerns for Australia’s next government.
- Lockdowns cripple Chinese economyon 2022-05-16 at 17:15
The Chinese economy is slowing down markedly as strict lockdowns send big cities into hibernation. Repercussions will be felt in Germany, too.
- Sri Lanka’s new PM wins support for ‘economic war cabinet’ amid worsening crisisby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-16 at 16:02
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister won crucial support from two main opposition parties on Monday, easing the pressure on the ruling Rajapaksa clan in the face of the island’s worsening economic crisis.
- North Korea’s Kim orders military to help curb COVID-19 outbreakon 2022-05-16 at 15:02
Since North Korea reported its first official coronavirus case last week, the WHO has warned it might spread rapidly in the unvaccinated country. Ruler Kim Jong Un wants the military to turn the tide.
- Covid-19 pandemic in China: Shanghai aims for return to normal life from June 1by FRANCE24 on 2022-05-16 at 11:46
The local government said that life would go back to normal from June 1, but “many residents don’t believe it”. Fabian Kretschmer reports from Beijing.
- North Korea: More than a million Covid cases fearedon 2022-05-16 at 09:39
The military has been ordered to intervene as a wave of Covid cases sweeps the unvaccinated country.
- Kim Jong-un decries North Korea Covid response, deploys armyby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-16 at 05:20
Kim Jong Un slammed North Korea’s pandemic response and ordered the army to help distribute medicine, state media said Monday, as the country said 50 people had died since first reporting an outbreak of Covid-19.
- ‘I will not wear the burqa’: Some Afghan women defy Taliban edictby FRANCE 24 on 2022-05-14 at 09:14
The Taliban earlier this month issued a decree urging women to stay home and ordering those who have to go out to cover their faces with a burqa. But a few brave Afghan women have vowed to defy the restrictive edict.
- Locked down Shanghai aims to eliminate Covid over the next weekby Oliver FARRY on 2022-05-13 at 20:45
Shanghai has been under complete lockdown for six weeks now. Around 26 million inhabitants have been confined to their homes and the government has been adamant in its pursuit of zero Covid cases.
- Leaked China database identifies thousands of Uighur Muslims detained in Xinjiangby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-13 at 17:00
Nursimangul Abdureshid was born in the Kashgar region of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and moved to Turkey to pursue an academic career. Her family stopped calling her in 2018. But a leaked list of thousands of detained Uyghurs has helped her shed some light on the whereabouts of her missing relatives.
- Blistering heatwave sweeps South Asia as mercury in Pakistan soars to 50Cby NEWS WIRES on 2022-05-13 at 17:00
South Asia was in the grip of an extreme heatwave on Friday, with parts of Pakistan reaching a temperature of 50 degrees Celsius as officials warned of acute water shortages and a health threat.
- Is India’s auto industry ready to go electric?on 2022-05-13 at 13:59
India has big ambitions to slash crude oil imports and push for an electric vehicle future, but high costs and a lack of infrastructure could hamper the country’s green narrative.
- Nepal’s economy hammered by power outageson 2022-05-13 at 13:47
Nepal relies heavily on electricity imported from India, where generation is running low amid one of the worst power crises in years.
- Women voters could swing Australian election resultby Annette YOUNG on 2022-05-13 at 13:39
With anger over misogyny in the Australian parliament, women’s rights have dominated the election campaign as Australia heads to the polls later this month with a record number of female candidates standing as independents. Also the Taliban has ordered women in Afghanistan to cover their faces when in public while encouraging the use of the burqa. Plus fury over the fact that only five out of 22 directors competing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival are women. Annette Young talks to French talent agent, Solène Edouard, about why this is happening despite a pledge by organisers in 2018 to improve gender representation.
- Sri Lanka protesters vow to continue anti-government campaign despite new PMby FRANCE24 on 2022-05-13 at 10:32
Sri Lanka’s new prime minister will begin forming a unity government on Friday, but his appointment has failed to appease anti-government protesters demanding the resignation of the president for the country’s disastrous economic crisis.