Pandemic | India seeks to mend Bangladesh ties with vaccine diplomacy

India reassured Bangladesh it will prioritize the supply of Covid-19 shots to its South Asian neighbor, part of its vaccine outreach to counter China’s rising influence in the region. India’s Prime

Thailand | Activists urge UN to help repeal royal defamation laws

Pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok marked United Nations Human Rights Day yesterday with rallies calling for the abolition of Thailand’s strict royal defamation law, which was recently revived to prosecute more

Australia excluded from global climate meeting as policies lag

Around 70 leaders including Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron will use a global climate summit this weekend to outline new pledges to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison,

Thailand | Prime minister Prayuth acquitted of ethics breach amid protests

Thailand’s highest court yesterday acquitted Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha of breaching ethics clauses in the country’s constitution, allowing him to stay in his job. The Constitutional Court ruled on a complaint

Thailand no longer top overseas destination for Chinese tourists

Thailand has lost its spot as the most popular cross-border destination for tourists from mainland China, according to a survey by HSBC Holdings Plc, as neighboring Japan and South Korea

Spike in cases delays Singapore-Hong Kong travel bubble

Singapore and Hong Kong on Saturday postponed the start of an air travel bubble meant to boost tourism for both cities, citing a spike in infections in the Chinese territory

Japan to suspend domestic travel campaign in virus hotspots

Chikafumi Hodo, Grace Huang & Takashi Nakamichi Japan will partially suspend the country’s “Go-To” domestic travel campaign in areas where coronavirus cases are increasing, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said. Suga didn’t specify

Covid pushes steep drop in foreign college students

Just two semesters short of earning a cybersecurity master’s degree in the U.S., Sai Naini is stuck in India, unsure what his future holds. He rushed home this summer after learning

Japan | Pandemic-hit economy returns to growth July-September

Japan’s economy grew at an annual rate of 21.4% in the last quarter in a recovery from the shocks of the pandemic driven by both private spending and exports. The world’s

Philippines | Typhoon-ravaged northeastern provinces pummeled by new storm

A typhoon swelled rivers and flooded low-lying areas as it passed over the storm-battered northeastern Philippines, where rescuers worked yesterday to help people flee the rising waters. Rescue officials said at

Asia Today: India’s virus cases jump on New Delhi resurgence

India's coronavirus outbreak rose by more than 50,000 cases Thursday amid a resurgence of infections in the capital. The Health Ministry also reported another 704 fatalities in the past 24 hours

Nation by nation, the world watches US Election Day

For four years, the world's nations have watched as a very different American president engages with the international community — or doesn't. Longtime alliances have been strained, agreements wiped away, tariffs

Asia Today: Virus arrives in once-clear Marshall Islands

The Marshall Islands has reported its first cases of the coronavirus after two people who flew from Hawaii to a U.S. military base tested positive. The small Pacific nation had been

Philippines: Typhoon leaves 13 missing, displaces thousands

A fast-moving typhoon blew away from the Philippines yesterday after leaving at least 13 people missing, forcing thousands of villagers to flee to safety and flooding rural villages, disaster-response officials

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

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