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- Dozens killed, many more missing in northern Afghanistan flash floodsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-29 at 12:25
At least 40 people have been killed with 150 more missing in northern Afghanistan after flash floods ravaged an area northeast of the capital Kabul, officials said on Thursday.
- India seeks to reform its military amid new security threatson 2021-07-29 at 12:14
Experts say India has "a lot of catching up to do" in the domain of technological advancement, such as artificial intelligence. The country faces security challenges from multiple fronts, including China and Pakistan.
- Mapping the advance of the Taliban in Afghanistanon 2021-07-29 at 11:31
Maps of Afghanistan show who controls districts in fighting between the government and Taliban forces.
- Pro-democracy Hong Kong radio host ‘Fast Beat’ goes on trial for seditionby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-29 at 10:43
A pro-democracy Hong Kong radio host went on trial Thursday for sedition in the first use of the colonial-era law since the city’s handover to China as authorities broaden their criminalisation of dissent.
- India: New Delhi urban rebuild sparks controversyby Diya GUPTA on 2021-07-29 at 08:55
New Delhi’s Central Vista used to be a favourite spot with residents of the Indian capital. But the large public space, close to the president’s house and heritage buildings, is being remodelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The €2 billion construction caused uproar when it was deemed an “essential service” at a time when Indians were dying by the thousands from Covid-19. The move reopened debate around heritage conservation and public spaces in India’s ancient capital. Our correspondents report.
- Tokyo 2020: Does Japan have Covid under control?on 2021-07-29 at 08:16
With the Olympics underway, more Covid cases continue to be reported at the Games and across Japan.
- Tokyo Olympics: Three members of Australian athletics team isolating after close contact with Covid-19 caseon 2021-07-29 at 07:14
Three members of the Australian athletics team remain in isolation after close contact with American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
- Kabul faces ‘existential crisis’ in face of Taliban surge, US watchdog saysby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-29 at 07:12
The Afghan government faces an “existential crisis” after the Taliban doubled their attacks following the February 2020 US deal with the insurgents, a watchdog report said Thursday.
- Australia house prices soar at ‘unsustainable’ rateon 2021-07-29 at 07:05
Six state capitals have seen record prices for the third quarter in a row, the survey said.
- China interest in Afghanistan could be ‘positive’, says US Blinkenon 2021-07-29 at 07:00
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s comments came after Taliban envoys went on a visit to China.
- Outspoken billionaire Sun Dawu jailed for 18 years in Chinaon 2021-07-29 at 04:10
Sun Dawu has in the past been vocal in criticising authorities and has spoken out about human rights.
- Indonesia: Indigenous groups face COVID vaccine barrierson 2021-07-28 at 14:13
Just under 1% of Indonesia’s 17 million Indigenous people have been vaccinated against COVID. Bureaucratic and geographical obstacles are to blame for the low rate of inoculation.
- China expanding its nuclear capabilities, scientists sayon 2021-07-28 at 13:59
It is building a site that will have extra capacity to store and launch missiles, scientists say.
- Chinese court sentences whistleblowing agricultural tycoon to 18 years in prisonby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-28 at 12:09
A Chinese court sentenced agricultural tycoon Sun Dawu to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for a catalogue of crimes including “provoking trouble” after the outspoken billionaire and grassroots rights supporter was tried in secret.
- Thailand: Is royal reform a far-fetched dream?on 2021-07-28 at 10:57
Intent on shaking up Thailand’s current political order, the pro-democracy movement has broken a long-standing taboo by openly criticizing the all-powerful and wealthy monarchy.
- Without apologising, Macron says Paris owes ‘debt’ to French Polynesia over nuclear testsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-28 at 08:03
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Paris owed “a debt” to French Polynesia over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific territory between 1966 and 1996, but stopped short of apologising.
- Barabanki accident: Eighteen die after truck crashes into bus in Indiaon 2021-07-28 at 04:31
The victims were migrant workers who were going home to meet their families.
- Anger as Covid-ravaged Malaysia lifts pandemic measureson 2021-07-28 at 04:24
It comes as hospitals are overwhelmed, with pictures showing patients sharing oxygen cylinders.
- Kris Wu: Why a superstar sparked China’s sexual consent debateon 2021-07-28 at 03:09
A growing rape allegation controversy centering on Kris Wu has renewed discussion on sexual consent.
- Tokyo Olympics: Take a tour of the incredible venueson 2021-07-27 at 23:01
They range from an arena built by a father and son, to a legendary home of Japanese martial arts.
- China flood disaster: Passersby harass German reporteron 2021-07-27 at 19:20
Foreign journalists reporting on the flood disaster in China have been hindered in their work by normal citizens who feel the reporters are presenting a distorted picture of the country.
- Afghanistan: What does NATO withdrawal mean for India?on 2021-07-27 at 15:23
With the Taliban once again rising to a position of power, some fear that New Delhi might be forced to the margins in Afghanistan.
- India: Tax raids expose government’s media intimidationon 2021-07-27 at 12:53
Raids on the Dainik Bhaskar newspaper and Bharat Samachar television network have sparked accusations of intimidation by a government angry with the media’s response to its handling of the pandemic.
- South, North Korea have restored once-severed hotlineby FRANCE24 on 2021-07-27 at 09:14
South and North Korea have restored hotlines that were severed last year and the two countries’ leaders have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties, the South’s presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
- First person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law convicted of terrorismby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-27 at 08:20
The first person charged under Hong Kong’s national security law was found guilty on Tuesday of terrorism and inciting secession in a landmark case with long-term implications for how the legislation reshapes the city’s common law traditions.
- Hong Kong: First person charged under national security law found guiltyon 2021-07-27 at 08:20
The 24-year-old had flown a flag with a protest slogan while riding a motorcycle into police officers.
- Tokyo Olympics: Naomi Osaka loses to Marketa Vondrousova in women’s singles tennison 2021-07-27 at 08:14
Japanese superstar Naomi Osaka suffers a surprise exit in her home Olympics as Czech Marketa Vondrousova earns a straight-set win.
- Sri Lanka: World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in backyardon 2021-07-27 at 07:28
The “Serendipity Sapphire” was accidentally found by a gem trader in Sri Lanka’s Ratnapura region.
- French Polynesians seek a reckoning on nuclear testing as Macron visits islandsby Tiffany FILLON on 2021-07-27 at 06:45
French President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to apologise for the devastating legacy of decades of nuclear testing in French Polynesia as he wraps up his first official trip to the region. Many islanders believe the tests caused an increase in the population’s cancer rate and are demanding more transparency as well as compensation.
- North and South Korea restore hotline after a yearon 2021-07-27 at 04:21
The two countries have not spoke since Pyongyang cut off all channels of communication last year.
- North and South Korea agree to restore cross-border communicationsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-27 at 03:07
North and South Korea said Tuesday they had restored cross-border communications, more than a year after Pyongyang severed all official hotlines between the two rivals, who technically remain at war.
- The Indian girl killed for wearing jeanson 2021-07-26 at 23:09
Neha Paswan was allegedly beaten to death by relatives who disagreed with her choice of clothes.
- Archibald Prize: 100 years of Australia’s top portrait honouron 2021-07-26 at 23:00
Over 100 years, the Archibald Prize has become better at reflecting Australian diversity.
- India: How reliable are herd immunity claims?on 2021-07-26 at 14:59
Even though a majority of Indians seem to have antibodies against the coronavirus, vaccination and COVID precautions remain the way out of the pandemic, experts say.
- Noor Mukadam’s murder exposes toxic misogyny in Pakistanon 2021-07-26 at 12:40
A 27-year-old woman was first shot and then slaughtered by a male acquaintance in Islamabad last week. Experts say Noor Mukadam’s brutal murder puts a spotlight on toxic misogyny in Pakistani society.
- Sandstorm swallows city in northwestern Chinaon 2021-07-26 at 12:31
Dust clouds towered at least 100 metres (330ft) over Dunhuang.
- China urges US to stop ‘demonising’ it during high level talks in Tianjinby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-26 at 03:37
Beijing urged the US to stop “demonising” China during Monday talks with Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the highest-level official to visit under President Joe Biden’s administration.
- Afrobeats in Japan: British-Nigerian hip hop dancer teaching children how to danceon 2021-07-25 at 23:06
Yinka Oshiletu, a British-Nigerian hip hop dancer is bringing Afrobeats sounds to Japan’s young dancers.
- Tokyo Olympics: One athlete braved sharks and crocodileson 2021-07-25 at 23:04
Training for the Olympics can be a full-time job but Jo Brigden-Jones has combined it with much more.
- US to continue air strikes to support Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, general saysby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-25 at 19:27
The United States will continue air strikes in support of Afghan forces fighting the Taliban, a top US general said Sunday, as the insurgents press on with offensives across the country.
- Rescue teams search sludge, debris as India floods’ death toll mountsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-25 at 09:25
Days of landslides and flooding triggered by heavy monsoon rains in western India’s Maharashtra state killed at least 113 people and injured 50, officials said Sunday, as rescuers scrambled to find at least 100 missing.
- China cancels flights as Shanghai, coastal areas brace for Typhoon In-faby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-25 at 05:22
Chinese commercial hub Shanghai and neighbouring coastal regions cancelled all flights, slowed or suspended subway trains and shuttered businesses ahead of Typhoon In-fa’s expected landfall on Sunday afternoon.
- Afghanistan imposes near-nationwide curfew to curb sweeping Taliban offensiveby NEWS WIRES on 2021-07-24 at 13:25
Afghan authorities on Saturday imposed a night-time curfew across 31 of the country’s 34 provinces to curb surging violence unleashed by a sweeping Taliban offensive in recent months, the interior ministry said.
- Why is the Great Barrier Reef in trouble? A simple guideon 2021-07-23 at 11:27
Australia’s natural wonder faces a battle to survive – here’s a simple guide.
- Tokyo Olympics unable to heal Japan-South Korea rifton 2021-07-21 at 14:47
Seoul had been hoping that the opening ceremony of the games might be an opportunity to rebuild damaged bilateral relations. But an inappropriate comment and historical disagreements have put a stop to that.
- Why is Pakistan seeing a surge in Taliban support?on 2021-07-19 at 12:10
Pakistani citizen Abdul Rasheed died in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province earlier this month. Hundreds of people attended the 22-year-old’s funeral near Peshawar and chanted pro-Taliban slogans.
- How India’s COVID crisis has changed Bollywoodon 2021-07-16 at 15:26
Cinema complexes are shutting down nationwide, while hundreds of films have been indefinitely postponed. Bollywood has estimated losses in the millions.