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- In Malaysia, the black flag movement challenges the governmentby Cyrielle CABOT on 2021-08-05 at 16:04
As the country faces a rise in Covid-19 infections, there is mounting discontent in Malaysia with Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. At the end of July, hundreds of young people took to the streets to demand his resignation in a rare display of civil dissent.
- Sharks from above: Filming ‘friendly’ encounters in Sydneyon 2021-08-05 at 15:42
Jason Iggleden captures stunning moments in Sydney, often helping to reduce people’s fear.
- How the Japanese get through scorching summerson 2021-08-05 at 13:32
As temperatures climb, the Japanese turn to shaved ice, soothing wind chimes and grilled eel to stay cool, while more modern solutions include personal electric fans, chilled backpacks and "Cool Biz" attire.
- What’s next for Kashmir 2 years after losing semi-autonomy?on 2021-08-05 at 11:47
India-administered Kashmir was once a state with its own constitution and special rights. Now, many Kashmiris fear a permanent loss of the region’s special status as the Indian government faces no pressure to turn back.
- Rugby League World Cup 2021 postponed until 2022 following withdrawalson 2021-08-05 at 10:45
The Rugby League World Cup in England is postponed until 2022 following the withdrawal of defending champions Australia, and New Zealand.
- Iran: New President Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath before parliamentby FRANCE24 on 2021-08-05 at 09:13
New President Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath before parliament, with Iran facing an economy battered by US sanctions, a grinding health crisis and thorny negotiations on the 2015 nuclear deal.
- New President Ibrahim Raisi takes reins as Iran faces host of challengesby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-05 at 08:13
The protégé of Iran’s supreme leader, Ebrahim Raisi, was sworn in as the country’s new president during a ceremony in parliament on Thursday, an inauguration that completes hard-liners’ dominance of all branches of government in the Islamic Republic.
- Tokyo Olympics 2020: India men’s hockey ends 41-year Olympic droughton 2021-08-05 at 07:11
The Indian men’s team won a bronze in Tokyo – their first Olympic medal since 1980.
- How a fake network pushes pro-China propagandaon 2021-08-05 at 06:51
The web of 350 fake social media profiles aims to discredit the West, sometimes with garish cartoons.
- Afghan forces defend besieged cities as Taliban threaten more targeted attacksby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-05 at 01:02
The Taliban warned that it was planning more attacks on Afghan government targets as it pursues an offensive on cities nationwide. The EU on Thursday called for a “permanent ceasefire” amid fears the Taliban is poised to take control of the country as foreign forces withdraw.
- Myanmar’s UN envoy accuses junta of ‘massacre’, calls for ‘urgent humanitarian intervention’by NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-05 at 00:06
Myanmar’s ambassador to the United Nations, who has refused to leave his post despite being fired after the February coup, has alerted the world body to a “reported massacre” by the military junta.
- Article 370: Why more locals in Kashmir are becoming militantson 2021-08-04 at 23:11
Two years after India revoked Kashmir’s status, more locals are taking up arms in the disputed region.
- Bangladesh lightning strike kills 17 wedding party guestson 2021-08-04 at 22:19
The wedding party was disembarking from a boat when several lightning bolts hit the group.
- Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens in marine parkson 2021-08-04 at 18:44
Anyone flouting the rules could be fined due to the damage some lotions can cause to coral.
- Kashmir: A conflict between wild animals and humanson 2021-08-04 at 14:43
Residents of the remote, mountainous region are demanding action after a 4-year-old girl was killed by a leopard in one of many incidents involving wild animals roaming into populated areas.
- Ebrahim Raisi: What to expect from Iran’s new presidenton 2021-08-04 at 14:27
Iran is confronting multiple domestic and international challenges, from water shortages and power outages to skyrocketing inflation and nuclear tensions. Can President Ebrahim Raisi tackle them?
- Meet an Afghan who returned from space with a message of peaceon 2021-08-04 at 12:03
DW spoke with Abdul Ahad Mohmand, a former cosmonaut from Afghanistan who recalls seeing the Earth from space as everyone’s home with no countries or borders.
- Dalit girl rape and murder: Indians protest over girl’s forced cremationon 2021-08-04 at 10:35
A couple accuse a priest and three others of raping and murdering their daughter, aged nine.
- Gunmen attack home of Afghan defence minister in Kabulon 2021-08-04 at 08:33
The minister was not at home during the first major attack by militants in Kabul for nearly a year.
- The group rescuing pets orphaned by Covid in Indonesiaon 2021-08-04 at 06:50
Animals without anyone to care for them has become a real issue in the pandemic in Indonesia.
- Tokyo Olympics: Taiwan stars trolled by Chinese nationalistson 2021-08-04 at 04:27
Chinese nationalists interpreted support for Taiwan’s athletes as support for the island’s independence.
- China Covid: China targets school students to control case surgeon 2021-08-04 at 04:05
Authorities in China are scrambling to control the spread of the virus by ramping up testing and vaccinations.
- Residents flee as Afghan army pushes back against Tailban insurgentsby FRANCE 24 on 2021-08-04 at 03:08
Families fled their homes Wednesday as the Afghan army launched a counterattack against the Taliban in a key southern city, with the insurgents stepping up their offensive to capture major urban centres.
- Tokyo 2020: TikTok becomes the unofficial behind-the-scenes Olympic channelon 2021-08-04 at 00:44
The short-form video platform is giving fans unprecedented insight into the athletes’ experience.
- ‘I don’t want to spend my life on the streets’on 2021-08-03 at 23:01
Asma Shaikh, a 17-year-old homeless girl, has big dreams. But the pandemic has brought new challenges.
- Powerful explosion, gunfire hit Kabul killing four and injuring 20by FRANCE 24 on 2021-08-03 at 19:07
Four people were killed and 20 wounded in a coordinated bomb and gun attack targeting the Afghan defence minister and several lawmakers in the country’s capital Tuesday, not far from the heavily fortified Green Zone.
- Afghanistan war: Bodies on the streets as fighting traps Lashkar Gah residentson 2021-08-03 at 17:10
Terrified locals are fleeing if they can as the Taliban and troops battle to control Lashkar Gah.
- Heela Najibullah: ‘The US treated Afghanistan as a project’on 2021-08-03 at 11:50
In an interview with DW, the daughter of former Afghan president and socialist leader Mohammad Najibullah criticized the US approach toward peace in Afghanistan, saying the welfare of Afghans is not America’s priority.
- Tokyo Olympics: Australian athletes ‘damaged rooms and misbehaved on flight home’on 2021-08-03 at 11:45
Australian athletes damaged beds in their Olympic village hotel rooms and put a hole in a wall before leaving, the country’s Olympic committee says.
- Incoming Iran president says he will focus on lifting ‘tyrannical’ US sanctionsby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-03 at 08:02
Iran will take steps to lift “tyrannical” sanctions imposed by the United States, hardline Shi’ite cleric Ebrahim Raisi said on Tuesday after winning the endorsement of the country’s supreme leader to become president.
- Wuhan: Chinese city to test entire population after virus resurfaceson 2021-08-03 at 06:06
The city of 11 million people is known to be the site where the coronavirus first emerged in 2019.
- China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ amid return of Covid-19by NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-03 at 04:48
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.
- Covid vaccine inequity ‘completely unacceptable and unethical’on 2021-08-03 at 04:45
Rich countries need to do more to give vaccines to poor countries, says top WHO adviser Helen Clark.
- Tokyo 2020: A parent’s plea in the shadow of the Olympicson 2021-08-02 at 23:12
This dad is drawing attention to what he calls the kidnapping of children by their own parents in Japan.
- Covid-19: The mystery of rising infections in India’s Keralaon 2021-08-02 at 23:10
Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Kerala despite the waning of the second wave elsewhere in India.
- Tokyo Olympics: Chinese nationalists turn on their athleteson 2021-08-02 at 23:05
To ultra-nationalists online, losing an Olympic medal is being “unpatriotic”, experts say.
- Death of Congolese man in custody sparks protests in India’s Bangaloreby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 22:11
At least six nationals of African countries were injured Monday during scuffle with police in India’s southern Bangalore city over the alleged custodial death of a Congolese student, an official said.
- Fighting rages in Afghanistan as US, UK accuse Taliban of massacring civilians in border districtby NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 15:48
Afghan forces battled to stop a first major city from falling to the Taliban Monday as the United States and Britain accused the insurgents of “massacring civilians” in a town they recently captured near the Pakistan border.
- Afghan fighting rages as President Ghani blames US pullout for Taliban advanceby FRANCE24 on 2021-08-02 at 15:24
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani blamed the country’s deteriorating security Monday on Washington deciding “abruptly” to withdraw its troops. “The reason for our current situation is that the decision was taken abruptly,” he told parliament, adding he had warned Washington the withdrawal would have “consequences”. Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center, talks to FRANCE 24.
- Stranded by COVID, Indians travel to US via third countrieson 2021-08-02 at 15:11
After years of living and working in the United States, some Indian holders of US visas have been stranded by travel restrictions. They’ve been forced to take drastic measures to return to their adopted home.
- US steps up threats as Iran warns against any action over tanker attackby FRANCE 24 on 2021-08-02 at 12:02
The United States on Monday promised to lead a “collective response” against Iran in retaliation for a deadly attack on an Israeli-linked tanker, as Tehran denied blame and warned against “adventurism.”
- Death toll from China floods jumps to more than 300by NEWS WIRES on 2021-08-02 at 09:31
The death toll from floods in central China last month is at least 302 with dozens of people still missing, officials said Monday, after record downpours dumped a year’s worth of rain on a city in just three days.
- Afghanistan’s Ghani blames ‘abrupt’ US withdrawal for worsening securityby FRANCE 24 on 2021-08-02 at 08:46
Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani blamed the country’s deteriorating security Monday on Washington deciding “abruptly” to withdraw its troops.
- How South Korea’s migrant wives are breaking the glass ceilingon 2021-08-02 at 01:56
Many arrived not knowing the language, but are now carving out a significant place in society.
- Afghanistan: Orphan’s reunion with British soldier after 19 yearson 2021-08-01 at 23:02
Ramin Paikar was among the orphans visited by British soldiers stationed in Kabul in 2002.
- Weightlifter at the centre of sport’s transgender debateon 2021-08-01 at 08:32
Weightlifter Laurel Hubbard is set to become the first openly transgender athlete to compete in a different gender category to that which they were born at an Olympics.
- Thailand moves to strengthen EU ties amid US-China rivalryon 2021-07-30 at 14:05
The Southeast Asian country is looking to revive trade and business with the European Union to avoid dependence on Beijing and Washington. Economists say a free trade agreement is expected within the next few years.
- Bangladesh: Deforestation leaves Rohingya refugees vulnerableon 2021-07-30 at 12:47
Landslides and flash floods cost numerous lives in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp — the world’s largest — in Bangladesh every year. Experts say indiscriminate deforestation and hill cutting are to blame.
- COVID: Why India’s economy cannot afford another lockdownon 2021-07-29 at 15:41
As experts warn of a potential third COVID wave, many Indians are worried about their next paycheck. Small businesses and informal workers fear another lockdown could spell an end to their livelihoods.
- 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.