North Korea | Kim thanks people in rare New Year’s cards

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked the public for their trust and support “in the difficult times” and wished them happiness and good health in his first New Year’s

Thailand Bangkok imposes new restrictions amid coronavirus outbreak

Officials in the Thai capital have announced new restrictions, including the closure of some entertainment facilities during the New Year’s holiday, as infections continued to rise following a recent coronavirus

Philippines | Authorities ban travelers from 20 nations with new strain

The Philippines has decided to ban travelers from 20 nations with the new Covid-19 strain, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said yesterday. The travel ban covers Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany,

Exclusive Investigation: Child labor in palm oil industry tied to Girl Scout cookies

They are two young girls from two very different worlds, linked by a global industry that exploits an army of children. Olivia Chaffin, a Girl Scout in rural Tennessee, was a

North Korea: Mired in crises, Kim to open big party meeting

Coronavirus restrictions that have significantly limited his public appearances. Warning signals for an economy battered by pandemic-related border closings and natural disasters. The impending departure of a U.S. president who

Pandemic | After early success, South Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis

South Korea had seemed to be winning the fight against the coronavirus: Quickly ramping up its testing, contact-tracing and quarantine efforts paid off when it weathered an early outbreak without

Afghanistan | US Joint Chiefs chairman meets with Taliban on peace talks

The top U.S. general held unannounced talks with Taliban peace negotiators in the Persian Gulf to urge a reduction in violence across Afghanistan, even as senior American officials in Kabul

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

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