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China's coronavirus cases likely grossly underestimated, study says

3 hours 54 min ago
The number of cases in an outbreak of a new strain of coronavirus in China is likely to have been grossly underestimated, according to a new study, which warns that human-to-human transmission of the mysterious virus may be possible.

The dilemma facing those in the shadow of Taal volcano

13 hours 12 min ago
Maria Evangeline Tenorio Sarmiento struggles to wade through ankle-deep mud and debris to reach her house that's been inundated with thick sludge.

China's birthrate hits lowest level since founding

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 18:50
China's birthrate in 2019 hit its lowest level since the founding of the People's Republic in 1949, according to official statistics released by Beijing Friday.

South Korea to rule on first transgender soldier

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:43
The South Korean military said it will make an unprecedented decision about the future of transgender soldiers who serve in the armed forces following a noncommissioned officer's decision to undergo sex reassignment surgery.

Why South Koreans are flipping out over a US ambassador's mustache

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:43
It might just be the most bizarre criticism of a US ambassador in recent memory.

India's Modi faces a rocky road ahead. And it's not just protests that pose a problem

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 11:26
Eight months ago, Narendra Modi was being hailed as India's most popular leader in decades.

A Japanese minister is making waves for taking paternity leave. He's only taking two weeks off

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:05
Japan's Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi has announced that will take paternity leave when his first child is born this month, an unusual step in a country where new fathers rarely take time off from work.

Putin may be following Xi's lead in clearing the way to be president for life

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 10:37
Two decades after he first took power, Russian President Vladimir Putin appears poised to stay on for the foreseeable future.

Prague's tryst with Taipei sees Shanghai spurned in sister city love triangle

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 09:37
Prague has become sister cities with Taiwan's capital Taipei, angering China and prompting Shanghai to cut ties with the Czech capital.

Pakistan avalanches kill at least 71 people

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:19
At least 71 people have been killed and dozens more injured in northeast Pakistan after a series of avalanches destroyed and buried houses on Tuesday.

The unanswered questions surrounding China's mysterious new virus

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:19
Fears are mounting across Asia over the spread of a new coronavirus identified in China that has killed one patient and sickened dozens, as health authorities race to identify the source of the pathogen.

The battle to save Sri Lanka's leopards

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:14
With as few as 750 leopards left on the island, Anjali Watson is on a mission to save Sri Lanka's top predator.

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Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:14

Deep sea bone-eating worm species discovered eating alligator carcass

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:13
Scientists have discovered a new bone-eating worm under the Gulf of Mexico, during research that involved dropping alligator corpses into the sea to investigate the ecosystem deep under water.

The women who have occupied a New Delhi street for a month

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:12
Only a month ago, 50-year-old mother Bahro Nisa was a regular New Delhi shopkeeper, making a living selling cold drinks to tourists visiting one of Asia's biggest mosques.

Desolate images from Taal Volcano show horses and cows buried in ash

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:12
Images from the erupting Taal Volcano in the Philippines show a desolate landscape of destroyed houses and snapped trees covered in a thick layer of heavy ash. Half-buried bodies of horses and cows that could not escape the island lay in black sludge or floating in the surrounding lake.

China's government poses a 'global threat to human rights,' report finds

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:10
The Chinese government increasingly poses a "global threat to human rights," according to NGO Human Rights Watch.

Some trees can live for more than 1,000 years and scientists may have figured out why

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 00:01
New research has found that the Ginkgo tree, which can live up to 1,000 years, doesn't really show any expected effects of aging -- they are primed for immortality.

Death of student who was too poor to buy food raises poverty concerns

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 18:58
A college student who experienced malnutrition because she was too poor to afford adequate food has died in southwestern China, sparking concerns about poverty in the world's second largest economy.

Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills 6 people in China

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 14:56
At least six people have died and 16 others have been injured after a massive sinkhole swallowed up a bus picking up passengers in northwestern China, the latest in a recent string of deadly road collapses in the country.