Cambodian butcher quits dog meat trade, shuts slaughterhouse

CHI MEAKH — Animal rights activists in Cambodia have gained a small victory in their effort to end the trade in dog meat, convincing a canine slaughterhouse in one village

Lebanon probes blast amid rising anger, calls for change

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Asia Today: Central Japan region put under virus emergency

TOKYO — A governor in central Japan announced a state of emergency today (Thursday) because of rising virus cases and asked businesses and people to curb activities, especially during an

World responds to Lebanon’s plight, France’s Macron to visit

PARIS  — As stunned Lebanese rescuers counted the dead and combed rubble for signs of life a day after a huge explosion shattered swaths of Beirut, nations near and far

Fireworks, ammonium nitrate likely fueled Beirut explosion

Fireworks and ammonium nitrate appear to have been the fuel that ignited a massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut, experts and videos of the blast suggest. The scale

Asia Today: Australian state reports record virus increase

MELBOURNE — Australia's hot spot State of Victoria announced a record 725 COVID-19 cases and 15 deaths today (Wednesday), while businesses in Melbourne city prepared to draw down their shutters

Huge explosion rocks Beirut with widespread damage, injuries

BEIRUT — A massive explosion rocked downtown Beirut on Tuesday (Wednesday, Macau time), flattening much of the port, damaging buildings and blowing out windows and doors as a giant mushroom

MUST vaccine expected to be free for Macau residents

The Covid-19 candidate vaccine currently being researched by a team led by the Macau University of Science and Technology (MUST) is expected to be distributed free of charge for Macau

Urgency to bear witness grows for last Hiroshima victims

HIROSHIMA — For nearly 70 years, until he turned 85, Lee Jong-keun hid his past as an atomic bomb survivor, fearful of the widespread discrimination against blast victims that has

Asia Today: Manila back under lockdown as virus cases surge

MANILA — Commuter trains, buses and other public vehicles stayed off the main roads of the Philippine capital today (Tuesday) and police were again staffing checkpoints to restrict public travel

Asia Today: More restrictions in Australia’s State of Victoria

CANBERRA — The State of Victoria, Australia's coronavirus hot spot, announced today (Monday) that businesses will be closed and scaled down in a bid to curb the spread of the

Asia Today: SKorea arrests leader of church with big cluster

SEOUL — South Korean prosecutors arrested the elderly leader of a secretive religious sect Saturday as part of an investigation into allegations that the church hampered the government's anti-virus response

Taiwanese pay respects to former President Lee Teng-hui

TAIPEI — Taiwan's leaders and its people were paying their respects today (Saturday) to former President Lee Teng-hui, who died this week at age 97 after bringing full democracy to

Macau’s gaming revenue falls 94.5% as visa ban thwarts recovery

Macau gaming revenue plunged by more than 90% for a fourth straight month, as China’s ban on tourist visas continued to deprive the gambling hub of its biggest source of

More mainland provinces resume non-tourism visas to Macau

All mainland provinces will resume issuing non-tourism visas services to Macau, according to a report by Macao Daily News. Starting from July 15, Guangdong provinces resumed issuing travel permit services to

Asia Today: India, Philippines ease rules; Bali reopens

NEW DELHI — India added another record surge in virus cases today (Friday) as the government decided to lift a nighttime curfew that was in force since March. The 55,079 new

Hong Kong government postpones elections, citing coronavirus

The Hong Kong government is invoking an emergency regulations ordinance in delaying the elections. Lam said the government has the support of the Chinese government in making the decision. Hong Kong

Asia Today: 723 cases in Australia, closures in Vietnam

MELBOURNE — Australia's coronavirus hot spot Victoria will make masks compulsory statewide after reporting on Thursday a record 723 new cases. Masks have been mandatory in the state capital Melbourne and

Analysis | Trump vs. Biden: Where they stand on health, economy, more

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, both promise sweeping progress over the next four years –- via starkly different paths. Trump, like many fellow Republicans, holds

Four arrested under new Hong Kong security law for online posts

HONG KONG — Hong Kong police have signaled their intent to enforce a new Chinese national security law strictly, arresting four youths Wednesday on suspicion of inciting secession through social

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