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India PM breaks ground on Ayodhya temple as militants mark Kashmir anniversary with attack

Narendra Modi took centre stage to lay the foundations of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site, on the anniversary of the government scrapping the special status of its only Muslim-majority state.

6 Aug 2020 - 2:47PM

Narendra Modi took centre stage to lay the foundations of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint holy site, on the anniversary of the government scrapping the special status of its only Muslim-majority state.

India PM breaks ground on Ayodhya temple as militants mark Kashmir anniversary with attack
Jailed in Iran for spying, Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘well’ after consular visit, officials say

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is serving a 10 year sentence for espionage. She is often held in solitary confinement and has frequently attempted suicide, according to reports.

4 Aug 2020 - 5:13PM

Kylie Moore-Gilbert is serving a 10 year sentence for espionage. She is often held in solitary confinement and has frequently attempted suicide, according to reports.

Jailed in Iran for spying, Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert ‘well’ after consular visit, officials say
Coronavirus latest: Vietnam records second death; India reports biggest single-day spike

Vietnam has logged 546 infections since its first cases were detected in January.Meanwhile, Australia’s troubles raise questions over lockdowns’ effectiveness.

1 Aug 2020 - 12:14AM

Vietnam has logged 546 infections since its first cases were detected in January.Meanwhile, Australia’s troubles raise questions over lockdowns’ effectiveness.

Coronavirus latest: Vietnam records second death; India reports biggest single-day spike
1MDB scandal: Macau disputes Malaysia’s claim Jho Low is hiding out in city

Malaysia’s ‘unilateral’ disclosure of information about the fugitive financier wanted for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal ‘is not in line with facts and rules’, Macau said.

31 Jul 2020 - 2:55PM

Malaysia’s ‘unilateral’ disclosure of information about the fugitive financier wanted for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal ‘is not in line with facts and rules’, Macau said.

1MDB scandal: Macau disputes Malaysia’s claim Jho Low is hiding out in city
Huge Chinese ‘dark fleets’ accused of fishing illegally in North Korean waters

Researchers tracked hundreds of ships that do not appear in public monitoring systems fishing in violation of UN sanctions.

23 Jul 2020 - 1:50PM

Researchers tracked hundreds of ships that do not appear in public monitoring systems fishing in violation of UN sanctions.

Huge Chinese ‘dark fleets’ accused of  fishing illegally in North Korean waters
South China Morning Post scoops six prizes at prestigious WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards

Top prizes were awarded for best newspaper infographics, best sport photography and to ‘This Week In Asia’ for best magazine cover design.

2 Jul 2020 - 3:53PM

Top prizes were awarded for best newspaper infographics, best sport photography and to ‘This Week In Asia’ for best magazine cover design.

South China Morning Post scoops six prizes at prestigious WAN-IFRA Asian Media Awards
Japan monitoring China’s ‘alarming’ activities at sea, border with India and in Hong Kong

Taro Kono, Japan’s defence minister, said China was ‘obviously’ trying to ‘unilaterally’ change the status quo in a number of disputed areas.

25 Jun 2020 - 9:48PM

Taro Kono, Japan’s defence minister, said China was ‘obviously’ trying to ‘unilaterally’ change the status quo in a number of disputed areas.

Japan monitoring China’s ‘alarming’ activities at sea, border with India and in Hong Kong
Australia’s ‘Red Skins’ chews, ‘Chicos’ jellies bite the dust amid global backlash over racist branding

Raspberry flavoured ‘Red Skins’ and chocolate jelly ‘Chicos’ have been made in Australia under the Allen’s brand for decades. Owner Nestle cited ‘overtones’ as the reason for their renaming.

23 Jun 2020 - 5:34PM

Raspberry flavoured ‘Red Skins’ and chocolate jelly ‘Chicos’ have been made in Australia under the Allen’s brand for decades. Owner Nestle cited ‘overtones’ as the reason for their renaming.

Australia’s ‘Red Skins’ chews, ‘Chicos’ jellies bite the dust amid global backlash over racist branding
Explainer | How India and China’s deadliest clash in decades came about

Beijing’s foreign ministry says the situation is stable, India’s defence minister has mourned the deaths but nationalist sentiment online is raging.

18 Jun 2020 - 12:12AM

Beijing’s foreign ministry says the situation is stable, India’s defence minister has mourned the deaths but nationalist sentiment online is raging.

How India and China’s deadliest clash in decades came about
In pictures: coronavirus has left Asia’s tourism hotspots deserted

From Japan’s cherry blossoms to the Sydney Opera House, from Bali’s beaches to the backstreets of Bangkok – the tourists have vanished.

16 Jun 2020 - 4:00PM

From Japan’s cherry blossoms to the Sydney Opera House, from Bali’s beaches to the backstreets of Bangkok – the tourists have vanished.

In pictures: coronavirus has left Asia’s tourism hotspots deserted
Thai seafood restaurateurs sentenced to nearly 1,500 years in prison after buffet promotions backfire

Thousands of customers signed up for pay-in-advance buffets but the restaurant cancelled the events after being unable to meet the demand.

12 Jun 2020 - 4:12PM

Thousands of customers signed up for pay-in-advance buffets but the restaurant cancelled the events after being unable to meet the demand.

Thai seafood restaurateurs sentenced to nearly 1,500 years in prison after buffet promotions backfire
Explainer | Which parts of Asia are easing coronavirus travel curbs?

Countries across the region are working to hammer out bilateral agreements for travel, starting with priority business visitors – yet even these are often fraught with restrictions.

12 Jun 2020 - 7:27PM

Countries across the region are working to hammer out bilateral agreements for travel, starting with priority business visitors – yet even these are often fraught with restrictions.

Which parts of Asia are easing coronavirus travel curbs?
US protests latest: George Floyd’s death will change the world, his brother tells Congress

Nascar bans Confederate flag; White House spokeswoman defends Trump tweet promoting conspiracy theory.

12 Jun 2020 - 5:03AM

Nascar bans Confederate flag; White House spokeswoman defends Trump tweet promoting conspiracy theory.

US protests latest: George Floyd’s death will change the world, his brother tells Congress
US protests latest: Trump ‘wickedness’ slammed at George Floyd funeral

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

10 Jun 2020 - 2:22PM

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

US protests latest: Trump ‘wickedness’ slammed at George Floyd funeral
In Vietnam, British pilot Stephen Cameron making ‘miraculous recovery’ from coronavirus, reports say

Stephen Cameron, 43, was in a coma for two months and spent 47 days on life support but doctors have grown more optimistic about his prospects.

9 Jun 2020 - 6:30PM

Stephen Cameron, 43, was in a coma for two months and spent 47 days on life support but doctors have grown more optimistic about his prospects.

In Vietnam, British pilot Stephen Cameron making ‘miraculous recovery’ from coronavirus, reports say
US protests latest: thousands pay tribute to George Floyd; Chauvin bail set at US$1.25 million

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

9 Jun 2020 - 3:55PM

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

US protests latest: thousands pay tribute to George Floyd; Chauvin bail set at US$1.25 million
US protests latest: Minneapolis police to be dismantled; US curfews lifted; Europeans join global wave of demonstrations

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

8 Jun 2020 - 4:16PM

Here’s the latest on the protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

US protests latest: Minneapolis police to be dismantled; US curfews lifted; Europeans join global wave of demonstrations
US protests latest: umbrellas, flash bangs used in Seattle clash

Here’s the latest on the US protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

7 Jun 2020 - 4:14PM

Here’s the latest on the US protests, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

US protests latest: umbrellas, flash bangs used in Seattle clash
US protests latest: Washington braces for largest demonstration since George Floyd’s death

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the killing of unarmed black man.

6 Jun 2020 - 9:42PM

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the killing of unarmed black man.

US protests latest: Washington braces for largest demonstration since George Floyd’s death
US protests latest: ‘Get your knee off our necks,’ Reverend Al Sharpton says at fiery George Floyd memorial

Thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd have been urged to get tested for coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases.

5 Jun 2020 - 8:12PM

Thousands of people protesting the death of George Floyd have been urged to get tested for coronavirus and help New York avoid a spike in new cases.

US protests latest: ‘Get your knee off our necks,’ Reverend Al Sharpton says at fiery George Floyd memorial
US protests latest: thousands still march in cities after police charged in George Floyd death

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

4 Jun 2020 - 7:10PM

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

US protests latest: thousands still march in cities after police charged in George Floyd death
Bollywood celebrities join outpouring of grief as pregnant elephant dies eating firecracker-filled pineapple that exploded in its mouth

Bollywood celebrities Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt are among those demanding justice for the death of the animal in India’s Kerala.

4 Jun 2020 - 11:47AM

Bollywood celebrities Anushka Sharma, Randeep Hooda and Alia Bhatt are among those demanding justice for the death of the animal in India’s Kerala.

Bollywood celebrities join outpouring of grief as pregnant elephant dies eating firecracker-filled pineapple that exploded in its mouth
US protests latest: thousands defy curfews as Pope Francis deplores racism, violence

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

3 Jun 2020 - 8:39PM

Here’s the latest on the protests in the United States, sparked by the death of George Floyd.

US protests latest: thousands defy curfews as Pope Francis deplores racism, violence
Coronavirus latest: Tokyo cases jump after emergency ends, Covid-19 not losing potency says WHO

World Health Organisation wants to keep working with US despite Trump’s move to cut ties; South America reopens as viral peak nears.

2 Jun 2020 - 7:34PM

World Health Organisation wants to keep working with US despite Trump’s move to cut ties; South America reopens as viral peak nears.

Coronavirus latest: Tokyo cases jump after emergency ends, Covid-19 not losing potency says WHO
Coronavirus latest: Moscow eases lockdown despite high caseload; China takes dig at US over WHO exit

President Putin said that Russia had passed the peak of its epidemic and is anxious to get the country moving again.

1 Jun 2020 - 8:17PM

President Putin said that Russia had passed the peak of its epidemic and is anxious to get the country moving again.

Coronavirus latest: Moscow eases lockdown despite high caseload; China takes dig at US over WHO exit
Coronavirus latest: global cases top 6 million; mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem; Brazil passes France in deaths; backlash against Trump exiting WHO

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound reopened after being closed for over two months.

31 May 2020 - 11:38PM

Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque compound reopened after being closed for over two months.

Coronavirus latest: global cases top 6 million; mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem; Brazil passes France in deaths; backlash against Trump exiting WHO
Coronavirus latest: Germany says Trump split from WHO will harm global health

Trump said on Friday he was cutting US ties with the UN agency, which he charged with failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus.

30 May 2020 - 9:28PM

Trump said on Friday he was cutting US ties with the UN agency, which he charged with failing to do enough to combat the initial spread of the virus.

Coronavirus latest: Germany says Trump split from WHO will harm global health
Coronavirus latest: Japanese city hit by ‘second wave’, India deaths overtake China

India became the latest country whose coronavirus death toll has topped the number of lives lost in China, where the pandemic started.

29 May 2020 - 11:46PM

India became the latest country whose coronavirus death toll has topped the number of lives lost in China, where the pandemic started.

Coronavirus latest: Japanese city hit by ‘second wave’, India deaths overtake China
Coronavirus latest: US death toll tops 100,000, cases continue to surge in Latin America

South Korea reimposed some social distancing measures, as a series of clusters threatened to challenge its success in containing the epidemic.

28 May 2020 - 10:55PM

South Korea reimposed some social distancing measures, as a series of clusters threatened to challenge its success in containing the epidemic.

Coronavirus latest: US death toll tops 100,000, cases continue to surge in Latin America
Chinese students in South Korea indicted for defacing pro-Hong Kong Lennon Walls in October 2019

The eight students last year tore down posters placed by Korean students expressing support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

27 May 2020 - 11:09PM

The eight students last year tore down posters placed by Korean students expressing support for Hong Kong’s anti-government protests.

Chinese students in South Korea indicted for defacing pro-Hong Kong Lennon Walls in October 2019