US ambassador shaves mustache under Seoul’s summer heat

The U.S. ambassador to South Korea has shaved his mildly controversial mustache, saying it was too uncomfortable to keep while wearing a coronavirus mask during South Korea's notoriously hot summer. Harry

Asia Today: Australian outbreak attributed to sick workers

MELBOURNE — Australia's hard-hit Victoria state on Monday posted a new daily record of 532 new COVID-19 cases, and the government leader warned that a lockdown in the city of

Asia Today: Amid new surge, India tests potential vaccine

NEW DELHI — India began its first human trials of a novel coronavirus vaccine candidate as the world's second-most populous country recorded nearly 49,000 new cases. The additional infections take India's

Asia Today: Tokyo sets virus case record as holiday begins

TOKYO — The city of Tokyo announced a record 366 new daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, exceeding 300 for the first time as Japan begins a four-day weekend with many

Thai serial killer cremated after decades as museum display

For decades, some Thai parents warned their naughty children that if they didn't behave, Si Ouey would come eat their livers. If the threat of a ghostly visit from the executed

Asia Today: Australian state leader says sick not isolating

MELBOURNE — Australia's hard-hit Victoria state reported a record 484 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday and health authorities warned that numbers could continue to rise. With Australia's second-largest city, Melbourne, now

North Korean leader berates officials over hospital project

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un berated construction managers for unspecified problems in building a showpiece hospital in comments reported yesterday that may indicate the country is struggling to secure

Asia Today: Outbreak in northwest China spreads to second city

BEIJING — China's latest coronavirus outbreak has spread to a second city in the northwestern region of Xinjiang. One of the 17 new cases reported on Monday was in the ancient

Asia Today: Rules return in Hong Kong, India, ease in China

HONG KONG — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the

Asia Today: Another spike brings India past 900,000 cases

India's number of coronavirus cases jumped by another 28,000 on Tuesday and are fast approaching 1 million. The 28,498 cases reported in the past 24 hours took the national total to

Asia Today: Australia Victoria state daily cases drop, China rejects food imports

MELBOURNE — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the

Seoul mayor’s death prompts sympathy, questions of his acts

SEOUL — The sudden death of Seoul's mayor, reportedly implicated in a sexual harassment complaint, has prompted an outpouring of public sympathy even as it has raised questions about a

Asia Today: Australia’s Victoria state has record 288 cases

— Australia: Victoria state on Friday reported the new daily record of 288 coronavirus cases, which also reflects a record number of tests exceeding 37,500. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said

Asia Today: Hong Kong, Tokyo see record spikes feed fears of Asia second wave

— Hong Kong will tighten its social-distancing measures again after reporting 42 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, sparking fears of a new wave of infections. Of the 42 cases, 34

Asia Today: Australian PM defends Melbourne lockdown

CANBERRA — Australia's prime minister says a shutdown of the nation's second-largest city is necessary and promised continuing financial support for businesses that fear they won't survive a second lockdown. The

Asia Today: China’s university exam begins after virus delay

BEIJING — Almost 11 million students began taking China's university entrance exam Tuesday after a delay as the country worked to bring down coronavirus infections. The grueling four-day exam known as

Australia warns of ‘arbitrary detention’ risk in China

CANBERRA — Australia on Tuesday warned its citizens that they may be at risk of "arbitrary detention" if they visit China. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an

Asia Today: India’s virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises

NEW DELHI — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. The 19,148 new cases reported in the

Mongolia | People vote amid economic woes, anti-coronavirus success

Mongolians were voting in parliamentary elections yesterday across the vast, lightly populated country, a U.S. ally squeezed between authoritarian governments in China and Russia. The polls are being held amid considerable

Himalayas | China blames India for border clash, urges stability

China yesterday again accused India of provoking a border clash earlier this month that left at least 20 soldiers dead, but urged New Delhi to “meet China halfway” in restoring

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