Thailand | Gov’t cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

Thailand’s government yesterday canceled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool student-led protests seeking democracy

Thailand to censor coverage of protests

Thai authorities worked yesterday to stem a growing tide of protests calling for the prime minister to resign by threatening to censor news coverage, raiding a publishing house and attempting

Asia Today: S.Korea reports 110 cases, half in Busan hospital

South Korea has reported 110 new cases of the coronavirus, half of them linked to a hospital in Busan. The numbers released by the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency on

The upside in Crown Sydney ‘was from the international VIP business’: Packer

Crown Resorts Ltd.’s billionaire shareholder James Packer today (Thursday) acknowledged he knew that junket operations in Australian casinos were vulnerable to money laundering, and that there were rumors that some

AirAsia ceases operations in Japan as pandemic wipes out travel

AirAsia Group Bhd. will cease operations in Japan immediately as it tries to reduce cash burn amid the coronavirus outbreak that’s wiped out travel demand globally. AirAsia Japan has stopped operations

Asia Today: Remote learning begins in virus-hit Philippines

Grade school and high school students in the Philippines began classes at home today (Monday) after the coronavirus pandemic forced remote-learning onto an educational system already struggling to fund schools. The

Asia Today: Australia, New Zealand to partially open borders

Australia and New Zealand on Friday announced a partial opening of their borders to travel between the neighboring countries. Passengers will be able to fly to the Australian cities of Sydney

Japan | Military seeks record budget amid regional threats

Japan’s Defense Ministry is seeking a record-high budget of nearly 5.5 trillion yen ($55 billion) for fiscal 2021 to fund more purchases of costly American stealth fighters and expand its

Asia Today: South Korea has virus jump before holiday period

South Korea has reported 113 new cases of COVID-19, its first daily increase over 100 in five days, as the country entered a holiday break that officials fear would possibly

Asia Today: China to let in more foreigners as virus recedes

Foreigners holding certain types of visas and residence permits will be permitted to return to China starting next week as the threat of the coronavirus continues to recede. The new regulation

Asia Today: India sees 83,000 new cases, but numbers falling

India reported more than 83,000 new coronavirus cases today (Wednesday), showing some decline after reaching a record a week earlier. The country has now confirmed more than 5.6 million cases. The

Gunmen seize businessman in southern Philippines

Gunmen seized a businessman in front of his wife and son Wednesday in the southern Philippines and government forces were trying to track down the abductors and their victim, police

Asia Today: Vietnam to resume international flights

Vietnam will resume international commercial flights to several Asian destinations starting Friday, after a monthslong shutdown to curb the coronavirus outbreak. The flights, however, are reserved for Vietnamese nationals, diplomats, experts,

Thailand moves a step closer to welcoming back foreign tourists

Thailand will start issuing special visas to foreign tourists starting October, easing a more than five-month-old ban on visitors to revive the nation’s ailing tourism-reliant economy. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha’s cabinet

Book: Kim Jong Un told Trump about killing his uncle

President Donald Trump's comments about the threat from the novel coronavirus attracted widespread attention after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward's book "Rage" were released. The excerpts also provide new details

Asia Today: India reports record 1,133 new virus deaths

India today (Tuesday) reported 1,133 deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its highest single-day total. The Health Ministry also reported 75,809 new cases, raising India's tally to nearly

China, India accuse each other of border moves, firing shots

India and China accused each other today (Tuesday) of making provocative military moves and firing warning shots along their disputed border despite talks on ending the escalating tensions. China said Indian

India's coronavirus cases surged to 4.2 million, the second-highest total in the world, on Monday as urban metro trains partially resume service in the capital New Delhi and other states. The

Asia Today: India adds another 83K, nears 2nd most in world

The number of people confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus in India rose by another 80,000 and is near Brazil's total, the second-highest in the world. The 83,341 cases added

Asia Today: Beijing receiving first int’l flights since March

Beijing's main international airport today (Thursday) began receiving international flights again from a limited number of countries considered at low risk of coronavirus infection. Passengers flying in from Cambodia, Greece, Denmark,

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