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South Korea passes ‘BTS law’ to allow K-pop stars to postpone military service

Jin turns 28 this week, but won’t have to quit the band quite yet.

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Jin turns 28 this week, but won’t have to quit the band quite yet.

South Korea passes ‘BTS law’ to allow K-pop stars to postpone military service
Massive Arecibo radio telescope featured in James Bond movie collapses

The celebrated Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed when its 900-tonne receiver platform plunged 140 metres onto the radio dish below.

3 hours ago

The celebrated Arecibo Observatory telescope in Puerto Rico collapsed when its 900-tonne receiver platform plunged 140 metres onto the radio dish below.

Massive Arecibo radio telescope featured in James Bond movie collapses
Australia PM hits back on WeChat over China official’s war crimes tweet

Scott Morrison criticised the ‘false image’ posted on Twitter by a Chinese official and defended Australia’s handling of a war crimes investigation into the actions of special forces in Afghanistan.

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Scott Morrison criticised the ‘false image’ posted on Twitter by a Chinese official and defended Australia’s handling of a war crimes investigation into the actions of special forces in Afghanistan.

Australia PM hits back on WeChat over China official’s war crimes tweet
India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower project

Indian officials fear dam projects along the river, known in China as the Yarlung Tsangpo, could trigger flash floods or create water scarcity downstream.

1 Dec 2020 - 10:49PM

Indian officials fear dam projects along the river, known in China as the Yarlung Tsangpo, could trigger flash floods or create water scarcity downstream.

India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower project
Thailand protests: why a royalist went from haircuts featuring king to the three-finger salute

A Thai radiologist known for his novelty hairstyles used to have a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn shaved into his head – but now it’s the Hunger Games salute.

1 Dec 2020 - 7:30PM

A Thai radiologist known for his novelty hairstyles used to have a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn shaved into his head – but now it’s the Hunger Games salute.

Thailand protests: why a royalist went from haircuts featuring king to the three-finger salute
Corpse-carrying female soldiers break taboos to help tackle Nepal’s coronavirus crisis

Female soldiers are being deployed to handle bodies for the first time in the nation of 30 million, where women touching the dead is still a cultural taboo.

1 Dec 2020 - 7:00PM

Female soldiers are being deployed to handle bodies for the first time in the nation of 30 million, where women touching the dead is still a cultural taboo.

Corpse-carrying female soldiers break taboos to help tackle Nepal’s coronavirus crisis
Covid-19: world champion Lewis Hamilton to miss F1’s Bahrain Grand Prix after testing positive

World champion isolating with mild symptoms, say Mercedes, after confirming positive test.

1 Dec 2020 - 5:45PM

World champion isolating with mild symptoms, say Mercedes, after confirming positive test.

Covid-19: world champion Lewis Hamilton to miss F1’s Bahrain Grand Prix after testing positive
China gave Covid-19 vaccine to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, US analyst says

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at a Washington think tank citing Japanese intelligence sources, said Kim Jong-un, his family and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated.

1 Dec 2020 - 10:12AM

Harry Kazianis, a North Korea expert at a Washington think tank citing Japanese intelligence sources, said Kim Jong-un, his family and several senior North Korean officials had been vaccinated.

China gave Covid-19 vaccine to North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, US analyst says
Biden urged by 32 advocacy groups to reject Big Tech influence in his new administration

The groups argue that the companies’ business practices hurt consumers and the US economy.

1 Dec 2020 - 9:57AM

The groups argue that the companies’ business practices hurt consumers and the US economy.

Biden urged by 32 advocacy groups to reject Big Tech influence in his new administration
Kimchi clash: China, South Korea netizens in online showdown over origin of cabbage staple

China recently won international certification for pao cai, a pickled vegetable dish from Sichuan, but South Koreans said their cuisine is being stolen.

1 Dec 2020 - 7:40AM

China recently won international certification for pao cai, a pickled vegetable dish from Sichuan, but South Koreans said their cuisine is being stolen.

Kimchi clash: China, South Korea netizens in online showdown over origin of cabbage staple
US hits Chinese firm CEIEC with sanctions over Venezuela

The Treasury Department accused the electronics company of supporting Maduro’s efforts to restrict internet and conduct cyber operations against opponents.

1 Dec 2020 - 8:16PM

The Treasury Department accused the electronics company of supporting Maduro’s efforts to restrict internet and conduct cyber operations against opponents.

US hits Chinese firm CEIEC with sanctions over Venezuela
Nato must focus harder on China’s military rise, urges report

Document containing proposals for reforming the Atlantic alliance comes after Nato was branded ‘brain-dead’ by French President Macron last year.

1 Dec 2020 - 7:49AM

Document containing proposals for reforming the Atlantic alliance comes after Nato was branded ‘brain-dead’ by French President Macron last year.

Nato must focus harder on China’s military rise, urges report
Trump said to be ready to add China’s SMIC and CNOOC to defence blacklist as tech war continues

SMIC, which relies heavily on equipment from US suppliers, was already in Washington’s crosshairs.

30 Nov 2020 - 1:24PM

SMIC, which relies heavily on equipment from US suppliers, was already in Washington’s crosshairs.

Trump said to be ready to add China’s SMIC and CNOOC to defence blacklist as tech war continues
Thailand protests: Twitter suspends royalist account linked to pro-monarchy influence campaign

The pro-monarchy @jitarsa_school account, believed to be associated with Thailand’s Royal Volunteers programme, was suspended for violating rules on spam and platform manipulation.

30 Nov 2020 - 10:29PM

The pro-monarchy @jitarsa_school account, believed to be associated with Thailand’s Royal Volunteers programme, was suspended for violating rules on spam and platform manipulation.

Thailand protests: Twitter suspends royalist account linked to pro-monarchy influence campaign
Singapore baby born with Covid-19 antibodies sparks study into disease’s impact on unborn children

Doctors in the city state’s public hospitals are now studying the impact of Covid-19 on unborn babies, adding to international efforts to better understand whether the infection can be transferred during pregnancy.

30 Nov 2020 - 3:52PM

Doctors in the city state’s public hospitals are now studying the impact of Covid-19 on unborn babies, adding to international efforts to better understand whether the infection can be transferred during pregnancy.

Singapore baby born with Covid-19 antibodies sparks study into disease’s impact on unborn children
South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons as virus cases spike again

Authorities reported 450 new infections on Sunday after more than 500 cases were recorded for three days in a row.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:05PM

Authorities reported 450 new infections on Sunday after more than 500 cases were recorded for three days in a row.

South Korea bans year-end parties, some music lessons as virus cases spike again
Coronavirus: work stops at South Korean chip plant in China after positive test

South Korean employee based in Chongqing confirmed with the virus on trip back to Seoul.

29 Nov 2020 - 10:05PM

South Korean employee based in Chongqing confirmed with the virus on trip back to Seoul.

Coronavirus: work stops at South Korean chip plant in China after positive test
Protesters clash with police as Paris demonstrations against police brutality turn violent

The protests follow the publication of CCTV footage of the beating of black music producer Michel Zecler by three police officers in Paris on November 21.

29 Nov 2020 - 3:03AM

The protests follow the publication of CCTV footage of the beating of black music producer Michel Zecler by three police officers in Paris on November 21.

Protesters clash with police as Paris demonstrations against police brutality turn violent
Over 1,300 people in UK given positive coronavirus result due to testing error

Swift action was taken to notify those affected and they have been asked to take another test.

28 Nov 2020 - 9:20PM

Swift action was taken to notify those affected and they have been asked to take another test.

Over 1,300 people in UK given positive coronavirus result due to testing error
Ethiopian forces unleash heavy shelling on Tigray capital as fighting enters final stage

Ethiopian government troops began an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle, home to 500,000 people.

28 Nov 2020 - 8:55PM

Ethiopian government troops began an offensive to capture the regional capital Mekelle, home to 500,000 people.

Ethiopian forces unleash heavy shelling on Tigray capital as fighting enters final stage
Malaysia will hold general election after coronavirus is over, Muhyiddin says

We will return the mandate to the people and leave it to them to choose which government they want, the prime minister said.

28 Nov 2020 - 7:42PM

We will return the mandate to the people and leave it to them to choose which government they want, the prime minister said.

Malaysia will hold general election after coronavirus is over, Muhyiddin says
Ethiopian forces capture town and move toward Tigray capital, says senior official

PM Abiy Ahmed ordered a ‘final offensive’ after his ultimatum for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to lay down arms expired on Wednesday.

28 Nov 2020 - 10:12PM

PM Abiy Ahmed ordered a ‘final offensive’ after his ultimatum for the Tigray People’s Liberation Front to lay down arms expired on Wednesday.

Ethiopian forces capture town and move toward Tigray capital, says senior official
Suspected Iran nuclear mastermind Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran

Iranian Supreme Leader’s military adviser blames Israel, vows to strike ‘as thunder’ at Fakhrizadeh’s killers.

28 Nov 2020 - 9:07AM

Iranian Supreme Leader’s military adviser blames Israel, vows to strike ‘as thunder’ at Fakhrizadeh’s killers.

Suspected Iran nuclear mastermind Mohsen Fakhrizadeh assassinated near Tehran
Coronavirus: suspected North Korean hackers pose as recruiters to target vaccine firm AstraZeneca

The intruders posed as recruiters on LinkedIn to approach the UK drug maker’s staff with fake job offers.

27 Nov 2020 - 8:48PM

The intruders posed as recruiters on LinkedIn to approach the UK drug maker’s staff with fake job offers.

Coronavirus: suspected North Korean hackers pose as recruiters to target vaccine firm AstraZeneca
Coronavirus: Malaysia secures 12.8 million Pfizer vaccines as China assures Muhyiddin of ‘priority status’

Pfizer will deliver one million doses in the first quarter of 2021, and the deal is expected to cover 6.4 million Malaysians.

27 Nov 2020 - 7:52PM

Pfizer will deliver one million doses in the first quarter of 2021, and the deal is expected to cover 6.4 million Malaysians.

Coronavirus: Malaysia secures 12.8 million Pfizer vaccines as China assures Muhyiddin of ‘priority status’
Fists and pig guts fly and opponents hog the floor in Taiwan parliament debate over US pork imports

Kuomintang lawmakers threw buckets of pig guts towards premier as temperature rises over Taiwan’s decision to allow imports of pork containing ractopamine.

27 Nov 2020 - 10:54PM

Kuomintang lawmakers threw buckets of pig guts towards premier as temperature rises over Taiwan’s decision to allow imports of pork containing ractopamine.

Fists and pig guts fly and opponents hog the floor in Taiwan parliament debate over US pork imports
13 Australian soldiers face dismissal over report on war crimes in Afghanistan

Australia’s army chief says 13 current soldiers have been issued with notices that could eventually lead to their termination.

27 Nov 2020 - 1:45PM

Australia’s army chief says 13 current soldiers have been issued with notices that could eventually lead to their termination.

13 Australian soldiers face dismissal over report on war crimes in Afghanistan
Japanese million-yen masks for the fashion conscious to fight Covid-19 in style

Japanese face mask specialist Mask.com is selling luxury handmade masks adorned with diamonds, crystals or pearls. They are available online and in six stores at a cost of US$9.600.

27 Nov 2020 - 12:15PM

Japanese face mask specialist Mask.com is selling luxury handmade masks adorned with diamonds, crystals or pearls. They are available online and in six stores at a cost of US$9.600.

Japanese million-yen masks for the fashion conscious to fight Covid-19 in style
Britain to curb Google and Facebook with tougher competition rules, aims for ‘new era of tech growth’

The two US companies have said they are committed to working with the British government and regulator on digital advertising.

27 Nov 2020 - 9:38AM

The two US companies have said they are committed to working with the British government and regulator on digital advertising.

Britain to curb Google and Facebook with tougher competition rules, aims for ‘new era of tech growth’
Donald Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College votes for Joe Biden

The comments are the closest the US president has come to conceding his loss in the 2020 election.

27 Nov 2020 - 9:24PM

The comments are the closest the US president has come to conceding his loss in the 2020 election.

Donald Trump says he will leave White House if Electoral College votes for Joe Biden