Asia Virus Latest: China City in Partial Lockdown, Seoul Sees Test Surge

Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: - Chinese city in partial lockdown over virus outbreak - A northeastern Chinese city has partially shut its borders, cut off transport links...

Lucrative Safe Haven: Why Foreign Investors Have Doubled Down on Buying China’s Sovereign Debt

Foreign investors are continuing to buy Chinese government debt at a rapid pace as the worldwide economic downturn caused by the COVID pandemic bites with global GDP expected to fall by 4.6% in 2020....

Hong Kong Tabloid Apple Daily Vows To “Fight On” After Owner’s Arrest

More than 500,000 copies were printed, up from the usual 100,000, the paper said on its website. WorldReuters Jimmy Lai's arrest comes amid a crackdown against pro-democracy opposition in Hong Kong Hong Kong: Hong Kong's Apple Daily...

Some 40 People Injured in Stabbing Attack at School in South China – Authorities

BEIJING (Sputnik) – A 50-year-old guard staged on Thursday a stabbing attack on employees and students of a school in China's south Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, leaving some 40 people injured, local authorities said. According...

In sudden u-turn, NYSE scraps plan to delist three Chinese telecom firms

By Pei Li, Tom Westbrook HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The New York Stock Exchange said it no longer intends to delist three Chinese telecom giants - a shock reversal of an announcement made only last week and...

North Korea ‘killed and burned South Korean official’

BBC.COM-Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The South Korean island of Yeonpyeong sits near the border with the North A South Korean official has been shot dead and burned by North Korean troops, said the...

India ‘Seeks Early Delivery of S-400s’, Fighter Jet Spare Parts Amid Border Stand-Off With...

New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left for a three-day visit to Russia on Monday to participate in the Victory Day parade on 24 June. Rajnath's visit was finalised in consultation with...

Osaka to remove part of business suspension requests from Saturday

OSAKA -  Japan  Today Osaka Prefecture said Thursday it will remove part of its business suspension requests from Saturday, even as it remains under the state of emergency put in place by the central government. Department...

U.S. withdrawal from Paris Agreement extremely regrettable, Japan says

TOKYO - Japan Today The United States' withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is extremely regrettable, Japan's top government spokesman Katsunobu Kato said on Thursday. "The climate change issue isn't something of a single country, it should...

Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon Jimmy Lai detained for fraud

BBC.COM-image copyright Getty Images image captionJimmy Lai had earlier this year been detained under the new national security law Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy supporter Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud and detained until...

South Korea: Child rapist’s release sparks demand for change

https://www.bbc.com-Crowds gathered to protest the release of Cho who served a reduced sentence of 12 years The reduced sentence and subsequent release of a man convicted of brutally raping a child has raised fresh debate...

China Records Highest Surge In Coronavirus Cases Since April

The bulk of 57 new domestic cases were found in the far northwestern Xinjiang region, according to the National Health Commission, where a sudden outbreak in the regional capital of Urumqi occurred in mid-July. WorldAgence...

Raising the Last Iron Curtain? Kim Jong-un Unveils Plan to Expand North Korea’s Ties...

by Aleksandra Serebriakova North Korea is currently holding the Workers' Party congress, a major political event that was last organised nearly five years ago. Addressing loyal party members during the first day of the conference, the...

‘Guess Someone’s Really Worried’: WhatsApp’s Full-Page Ads in Newspapers Spark Joke-Fest in India

by Radhika Parashar Facebook-owned WhatsApp has explained to users that its recently rolled-out privacy policy update notification does not breach their privacy. On Wednesday, the front pages of several Indian newspapers, including the Times of India, The...

Ram Temple Trust Head Tests COVID Positive Days After Sharing Stage With PM Modi...

On 5 August, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched construction of a grand temple dedicated to revered Hindu God Ram at a venue Hindus believe was the birthplace of the idol. The temple at...

Indian Army Destroys Suspected Terror Launch Pads Along Pakistani Border, Kills 10 Militants

New Delhi (Sputnik): India has been accusing Pakistan of aiding and abetting infiltration on the Indian side of Kashmir from past several years, however, Islamabad has categorically rejected the allegations. There are at least...

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

By ZEN SOO and KEN MORITSUGU -  Japan Today HONG KONG Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through barricades to hold a candlelight vigil on the 31st anniversary of...

Exclusive: Hong Kong activists discuss ‘parliament-in-exile’ after China crackdown

LONDON (Reuters) - Hong Kong pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to keep the flame of democracy alive and send a message to China that freedom cannot be crushed,...

N Korean military threatens to reenter demilitarized areas

South Korean army soldiers patrol along the barbed-wire fence in Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, Monday, June 15, 2020. South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on North Korea to stop...

S Korea requires QR tracing at high-risk places after 50 new coronavirus cases reported

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported 50 new cases of COVID-19 as officials began requiring nightclubs, karaoke rooms and gyms to register their customers with smartphone QR codes so they could be easily located...