Asia Today: China, SKorea, Japan see upticks in virus cases

China reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday as the country continues to battle an outbreak in Xinjiang. The 101 new cases was China's highest daily increase in

UN report | North Korean officials abused repatriated women

The U.N. human rights office reported yesterday that scores of North Korean women who had traveled abroad in a desperate search for work were abused by security

Malaysian ex-PM Najib given 12 years in jail in 1MDB scandal

A Malaysian court sentenced former Prime Minister Najib Razak to serve 12 years in prison today (Tuesday) after finding him guilty in the first of several corruption trials linked to

Asia Today: New cases continue to rise in China’s Xinjiang

New coronavirus cases continue to rise in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang, with 57 reported on Tuesday. Beijing also reported its first case of domestic transmission in more than two weeks,

South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with US

Seoul — South Korea said (today) Tuesday it has won U.S. consent to use solid fuel for space launch vehicles, a move that is expected to enable Seoul to launch

Analysis | US-China spats rattle world, prompting calls for unity

Antagonisms between the United States and China are rattling governments around the world, prompting a German official to warn of "Cold War 2.0" and Kenya's president to appeal for unity

Chinese in Sydney fall victim to ‘virtual kidnapping’ scam

Australian police have revealed that Chinese students based in Sydney are being forced to stage photos and video of themselves bound and blindfolded in an extortion scam described as virtual

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

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