Top court upholds police ban of June 4 vigil this year

The Court of Final Appeal (TUI) has ruled to uphold a decision by the police to ban June 4 vigil this year due to the government’s Covid-19 prevention measures. The 32-page

Financial support for employees and businesses distribution expected in June

Local government may start distributing the financial relief exclusively for employees and business in June, the Secretary for Administration and Justice said during a press conference today (Friday). The Executive Council

Asia Today: Virus cases jump again in South Korea, India

SEOUL — South Korea on Thursday reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases in more than 50 days, a resurgence that health officials warn is getting harder to track and

Death of King of Gambling gives empire reins to daughter Pansy

About an hour after the death of Stanley Ho, the billionaire who built the Chinese territory of Macau into the world’s biggest gambling hub, his large clan gathered in

Pompeo says Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has notified Congress that the Trump administration no longer regards Hong Kong as autonomous from mainland China, setting the stage for U.S. to withdraw the

Asia Today: South Korea cases rise, India crosses 150,000

SEOUL — South Korea reported 40 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, its biggest daily jump in nearly 50 days, causing alarm as millions of children return to school. Active

Asia Today: Philippines trying to ease quarantine congestion

As about 24,000 Filipinos who lost their jobs abroad are being transported by land, sea or air to their provincial homes, the president warned local officials not to refuse them

Stanley Ho, the ‘King of Gambling’ dies at 98

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho, who built a business empire from scratch in the former Portuguese colony and became one of Asia's richest men, died on Tuesday (May 26) at

Asia Today: South Korea to require masks on transit, flights

South Koreans will be required to wear masks when using public transportation and taxis nationwide starting Tuesday as health authorities look for more ways to slow the spread of the

Facemasks dissolved in incineration enough to destroy virus 

Incinerating disposed facemasks is sufficient to destroy the virus, according to information released during today’s (Friday's) Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center. Alvis Lo Iek Long, a clinical director of the

Macau elites applause NPC’s HK national security proposal

Macau members of the National People’s Congress (NPC) have commended China’s proposal to establish a national security organization in Hong Kong. Earlier this week, the NPC submitted a draft decision to

Hong Kong opposition slams China national security law move

HONG KONG — Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers sharply criticized China's move to take over long-stalled efforts to enact national security legislation in the semi-autonomous territory, saying it goes against the

Asia Today: India’s cases surge again, China opens Congress

India reported its biggest single-day spike in virus cases Friday ahead of a resumption of domestic flights after a two-month halt. The 6,088 new cases reported in the last 24 hours

China boosts spending for virus-hit economy, takes up HK law

Beijing - China's No. 2 leader today (Friday) promised higher spending to revive its pandemic-stricken economy and curb surging job losses but avoided launching a massive stimulus on the scale

Key points about China’s legislative session

BEIJING — Thousands of delegates from across China are in Beijing for this year's annual session of the country's rubber-stamp legislature and its advisory body, meetings delayed by more than

Asia Today: Australia lets woman travel to see dying sister, Japan emergency eases

A New Zealand woman has been reunited with her dying sister in Australia after gaining an exemption from pandemic travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. Australia had rejected Christine Archer's request for

China focused on jobs as national legislature meets

As job losses surge, China is joining the United States and other governments in rolling out stimulus spending to revive its virus-battered economy. How much is Beijing ready to spend? Companies

Ghosn’s suspected escape accomplices arrested in Boston

A former Green Beret soldier and his son, charged in Japan with aiding the escape of Carlos Ghosn, were arrested in Massachusetts today and are being held for possible

Asia Today: S. Korean students return to class; 32 new cases

South Korean students began returning to classes Wednesday as the country counted 32 new coronavirus cases. It was the first time in nine days that the daily increase was above 30.

Asia Today: Hong Kong increasing coronavirus testing

Hong Kong's leader says the city is ramping up testing for the coronavirus, especially for workers at the busy international airport and caregivers at homes for the elderly and disabled. Carrie

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