Azar visit to Taiwan is fresh thorn in prickly US-China ties

A visit by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to Taiwan this week comes amid mounting tensions between Washington and Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory

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

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

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

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

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

Misinformation on coronavirus is proving highly contagious

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — As the world races to find a vaccine and a treatment for COVID-19, there is seemingly no antidote in sight for the burgeoning outbreak of coronavirus conspiracy

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

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,

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

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says he tested negative for coronavirus

BRASILIA — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said today (Saturday) that he had tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he

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

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

Opinion | Conferences work better when everyone stays home

I was helping to organize would have to take place virtually. I believed that our event was doomed to become the academic analog of a cooking show — a pale

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

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world's scientists and citizens have reached an unsettling

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

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