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Man cuts through fence to escape Covid quarantine and visit liquor store

2 hours 39 min ago
A man in his 50s absconded from a New Zealand coronavirus quarantine facility, cutting through a fence to visit a liquor store, officials revealed on Friday.

Japan announces plans for new stealth fighter

7 hours 48 min ago
Japan has announced plans to build one of the world's most sophisticated stealth jet fighters, likely a twin-engine aircraft designed to take over the country's critical air defense role sometime in the next decade.

Chinese officials warn of 'unknown pneumonia' in Kazakhstan that is deadlier than coronavirus

7 hours 48 min ago
A new "unknown pneumonia" that is potentially deadlier than the novel coronavirus has reportedly killed more than 1,700 people this year in the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan, according to a warning issued by Chinese officials Thursday.

The city where hundreds of thousands of women have to live with their boss

13 hours 57 min ago
When Marta came to Hong Kong in 2011, she was a 29-year-old single mother, looking for a job that could support her young daughter and sick father back in the Philippines.

Seoul mayor reported missing as police launch search

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 20:07
The mayor of the South Korean capital Seoul has been reported missing and police have launched a search for him, an official told CNN on Thursday.

Thailand could become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize same-sex civil partnerships

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 17:06
Thailand's Cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft bill that will legally recognize same-sex civil partnerships and give greater rights to same-sex couples, a potential first for any nation in Southeast Asia if passed into law.

Australia suspends extradition with Hong Kong and offers path to citizenship for city's residents

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:04
Australia has suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Thursday, as the country moves to offer a path to citizenship for those Hong Kongers who wish to leave the city.

Indigenous Americans had contact with Polynesians 800 years ago, DNA study confirms

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 15:04
Indigenous Americans and Polynesians crossed thousands of miles of open ocean and made contact with each other as early as 1200 A.D., centuries before the arrival of Europeans, a new study has found.

Authorities in Hong Kong warn of potential 'exponential growth' in coronavirus cases

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:01
Authorities in Hong Kong, a city lauded for its quick and effective response to the coronavirus pandemic, are now warning of potential "exponential growth" in new cases of Covid-19 after a surge in local transmissions.

As parts of Australia go back into lockdown, what hope is there for the rest of the world?

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 11:01
One by one, the countries and territories that seemed most on top of the coronavirus are seeing second and third waves of the virus, pointing again to the immense difficulty of containing the pandemic even with partial border closures in place.

What will the national security law mean for travelers -- and Hong Kong's tourism recovery?

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 08:30
When it comes to desirable post-pandemic travel destinations, Hong Kong would be an obvious choice thanks to its capable handling of Covid-19 outbreaks, which has so far limited infections to just 1,300 cases in the city of 7.5 million.

300 drones flew above Seoul to thank frontline workers and encourage coronavirus preventative measures

Thu, 07/09/2020 - 00:49
South Korea's government used 300 drones in an unusual display to thank frontline workers and to encourage citizens to keep battling against the spread of coronavirus.

Australian border community cleaved in two by coronavirus lockdown

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:42
As Australia shuts the border between its two most populous states to contain the spread of the coronavirus, tens of thousands of people living close to the dividing line have found their community cleaved in two.

US admirals in South China Sea: Everyone wears a mask

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:42
Two US Navy admirals in charge of a rare South China Sea exercise say "extraordinary" coronavirus measures taken by the service, including requiring all sailors to wear face masks, have left their aircraft carrier strike groups in a high state of readiness in one of the most tense maritime environments in the world.

China says it won't join nuclear talks until the US reduces its arsenal

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 18:42
China would be "happy" to join trilateral nuclear arms control talks with the United States and Russia, on the condition that Washington significantly reduces its arsenal to match China's own level, a senior Chinese diplomat said Wednesday,

Children in China locked up for as long as 10 days at internet addiction camp

Wed, 07/08/2020 - 16:41
A group of men who operated a self-proclaimed internet addiction treatment facility in southeastern China have been sentenced to prison, after being found guilty of locking children in solitary isolation for up to 10 days.

Two cases of bubonic plague prompt crack down on marmot hunting

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:15
Russian authorities have warned people near the country's border with Mongolia not to hunt or eat marmots after an outbreak of bubonic plague.

Melbourne to reimpose six-week lockdown as Australia battles coronavirus outbreak

Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:14
Strict lockdown measures are to be reimposed in Australia's second largest city, as authorities scramble to prevent a second wave of coronavirus infections spreading across the country.

Australia to seal off 6.6 million people in virus-hit state as outbreak worsens

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:49
Australia will isolate 6.6 million people in the state of Victoria from the rest of the nation at midnight on Tuesday, as authorities take drastic action to control a coronavirus outbreak in the city of Melbourne.

Japan says Chinese ships spend record time violating its territorial waters

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 16:49
Chinese coast guard ships have twice intruded into Japan's territorial waters in the past four days, forcing Japanese coast guard vessels to block the Chinese ships from approaching Japanese fishing boats on at least one occasion, authorities in Tokyo said Monday.