Category: Asia-pacific

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China refuses international probe on Covid-19 source until ‘final victory’ over disease

Issued on: 06/05/2020 – 16:04Modified: 06/05/2020 – 16:04 China will not invite international experts to investigate the source of Covid-19 until after securing the “final victory” over the virus, Beijing’s UN ambassador in Geneva said Wednesday despite mounting calls for an independent probe into China’s handling of the outbreak. China’s priority is first beating the […]

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Can the unmasking of China’s Covid-19 ‘mask diplomacy’ stem Beijing’s global power grab?

The Covid-19 outbreak found China uniquely positioned for a global soft power grab with its “mask diplomacy” supply of medical equipment. But then a drip of anti-Beijing headlines followed by an aggressive diplomatic onslaught unravelled the gains. The race for world power dominance is now up for grabs. On April 14, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves […]

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World should follow South Korea’s example on Covid-19 fight, UN chief says

Issued on: 01/05/2020 – 07:22Modified: 01/05/2020 – 07:32 The United Nations chief said he hopes many countries in the world will follow the “remarkable example” of South Korea, which he said has been “extremely successful” in addressing the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to tackle climate change in its recovery from COVID-19. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres […]

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If pandemic persists next year, Tokyo Olympics will be ‘cancelled’

Issued on: 28/04/2020 – 11:10Modified: 28/04/2020 – 11:10 The postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics will have to be cancelled if the coronavirus pandemic isn’t brought under control by next year, the organising committee’s president warned, ruling out further delays.  The comments, in an interview with a Japanese sports daily published Tuesday, come as medical experts doubted […]

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In Australia, misuse of data from tracing app will be a crime

Issued on: 24/04/2020 – 07:43Modified: 24/04/2020 – 07:43 Australia will make it illegal for non-health officials to access data collected on smartphone software to trace the spread of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday, amid privacy concerns raised by the measure. Australia has so far avoided the high death toll of other countries, with only 78 deaths, […]

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Dozens die in clashes across Afghanistan as US struggles to broker Taliban cease-fire

Issued on: 23/04/2020 – 00:01Modified: 23/04/2020 – 00:02 Clashes between Afghan forces and Taliban militants killed dozens nationwide over the past 24 hours, authorities said on Wednesday, even as the United States tries to broker peace talks between the warring sides. Eight security force members were killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint at […]

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Wuhan’s wet markets: Blame for Covid-19 casts shadow over future

Issued on: 17/04/2020 – 18:01Modified: 17/04/2020 – 18:01 Wuhan’s wet markets, closed for months during the coronavirus lockdown, have now re-opened. But as the suspected source of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the markets have become the subject of international scrutiny, with some calling for them to be banned, and traders say customers are staying away […]

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China revises Wuhan’s Covid-19 death toll with a 50 percent rise

Issued on: 17/04/2020 – 08:07Modified: 17/04/2020 – 08:09 Wuhan, the central Chinese city at the epicentre of the global pandemic, raised its number of Covid-19 fatalities by 1,290 to 3,869 deaths, state media said Friday. The revision was due to insufficient admission and treatment capabilities at the virus’s peak, according to authorities. Wuhan’s revised death toll of 3,869 is […]

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Indonesia’s Ramadan exodus risks spreading Covid-19 across the country

Issued on: 08/04/2020 – 12:01Modified: 08/04/2020 – 12:01 Indonesia’s annual mudik (exodus), which begins with Ramadan, risks undermining the country’s efforts to stem the spread of Covid-19 as tens of millions cross the densely populated archipelago to return home. Despite an already overburdened healthcare system and the second-highest death toll in Asia after China, Indonesia […]

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Taliban breaks off talks with Afghanistan, putting US-led peace deal at risk

Issued on: 07/04/2020 – 08:03Modified: 07/04/2020 – 08:03 The Taliban on Tuesday broke off talks with the Afghan government on a prisoner exchange, a main step in peace talks being brokered by the United States after it agreed on a troop withdrawal pact with the militants. Suhail Shaheen, a spokesman for the Islamist insurgent group’s political office in Qatar, […]

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‘Shoot them dead,’ Philippine’s Duterte warns coronavirus lockdown violators

Issued on: 02/04/2020 – 11:34Modified: 02/04/2020 – 11:34 Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday warned violators of coronavirus lockdown measures they could be shot for causing trouble and said abuse of medical workers was a serious crime that would not be tolerated. In a televised address, Duterte said it was vital everyone cooperates and follows home quarantine […]

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Pakistani court overturns Briton’s death sentence for Daniel Pearl murder

Issued on: 02/04/2020 – 08:55Modified: 02/04/2020 – 08:55 A Pakistani court on Thursday commuted the death sentence of a British national convicted in the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. Three other co-accused serving life sentences were also acquitted.  The Sindh High Court on Thursday announced its verdict on appeals by […]

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Lack of compassion, more than resources, marks India’s deadly lockdown mismanagement

More than 20 migrant labourers have died trying to flee India’s coronavirus locked-down cities for their villages over the past few days. Critics blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hasty 21-day curfew call that, like many of his recent directives, was long on populist symbolism, but short on foresight or compassion. It was the biggest human lockdown ordered at the shortest […]

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China: The slow return to normality

Issued on: 25/03/2020 – 19:08Modified: 25/03/2020 – 19:12 The Great Wall of China partially re-opened to visitors on Tuesday, two months after closing amid the coronavirus pandemic. It was the latest sign that life in China is slowly starting to return to normal. Beijing Zoo also re-opened its doors on Tuesday, while on the streets […]

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