Tag: asia

Nepal’s cases skyrocket, prompting concern the country’s outbreak could mimic India’s

Covid-19 cases are skyrocketing, hospitals are overwhelmed, and the country’s Prime Minister is pleading for help from other nations. Nepal is now reporting about 20...

Myanmar: At military camps in the jungle, doctors and students learn how to fire guns

Many of those who have fled to the jungles are members of the Civil Disobedience Movement (CDM) — which has seen thousands of white- and...

Asia’s methamphetamine cartels from China to Myanmar are using creative chemistry to outfox police, experts say

Paperwork showed it was packed with 72 tons worth of blue vats filled with propionyl chloride, a relatively obscure chemical, and bound for an area...

Al Qaeda promises ‘war on all fronts’ against America as Biden pulls out of Afghanistan

His name and that of his terrorist network, al Qaeda, came to define an era of US reaction and retribution dwarfing any previous counter-terrorism policy....

India sets Covid-19 infection record for fourth straight day with hospitals desperate for oxygen

The country also reported its highest daily death toll for the ninth consecutive day, adding 2,767 fatalities in the past 24 hours. The country of...

Hope fades for Indonesia’s missing submarine as US assists search

The Indonesian navy said it was sending search helicopters and ships to the area where contact was lost with the 44-year-old KRI Nanggala-402 submarine on...

Indonesia submarine: Navy detects object, narrows search area for missing KRI Nanggala-402

The area of interest is about 40 kilometers (approximately 25 miles) north of Bali, where oil had been spotted on the surface of the water...

Urgent action on Myanmar is needed but engaging the junta at the Southeast Asian leaders meeting is a risky gamble

But an invitation extended to Gen. Min Aung Hlaing — the junta chief who led the coup — has sparked outrage among Burmese activists and...

Myanmar releases prisoners for New Year, though likely not dissidents

But few, if any, democracy activists arrested since the February 1 coup are expected to be among them. Saturday is the first day of the...

Hong Kong court jails Jimmy Lai and other prominent activists for 8 to 18 months over 2019 protest

Among those sentenced was Jimmy Lai, 72, who founded the pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper. Lai received 12 months in prison for his involvement in a...

UN rights chief fears Myanmar heading to ‘full blown conflict’ with echoes of Syria

Her appeal referenced a bloody crackdown by security forces in the central town of Bago last week that killed at least 82 people and forced...

South Korea’s dangerous ghost doctors are putting plastic surgery patients’ lives at risk

“Are you the brother of Mr. Kwon Dae-hee?” the caller asked. “Your brother is in the ER. Could you come to (the hospital) now?” His...

China flanks Taiwan with military exercises in air and sea

The Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning and its escorts were conducting maneuvers around Taiwan, China’s military said in a statement Monday. “It was a routine training...

Japan’s powerful patriarchy often sidelines women. Fixing that won’t be easy

Experts say some men of that generation carry beliefs that women are best left at home, or should attend meetings but remain silent. But Momoko...

Myanmar violence: At least 550 people killed by military since February coup, says advocacy group

Security officials have responded to dissent with a brutal crackdown and detained thousands, including five people arrested in Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon Friday, minutes after...

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi charged with violating state secrets as wireless internet shutdown begins

Suu Kyi’s charge of breaking the British colonial-era law is the fifth and most serious charge leveled against her since the military seized power in...

China accused of withholding data from WHO coronavirus origins investigation in Wuhan

The European Union issued its own statement, expressing the same concerns in slightly softer language. The criticism follows an admission from WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom...

Myanmar coup: Why people are protesting and the military is killing peaceful protesters

At least 138 people, including children, have been killed since the coup, according to the United Nations Human Rights office. And more than 2,100 —...

Myanmar coup: Chinese factories set on fire and at least 38 killed in deadliest day since military seized power

The heaviest casualties were in an industrial suburb of the largest city Yangon, where military and police opened fire on unarmed protesters, killing at least...

Indian climate activist Disha Ravi released on bail

Ravi, who is in her early 20s, was arrested on charges relating to her role in disseminating a toolkit that provided a list of ways...

The Serpent: How Herman Knippenberg helped bring French serial murderer Charles Sobhraj, Asia’s ‘Bikini Killer,’ to justice

“It’s them,” said a dentist, who had just inspected the mouth of a stiff body. Light from a window at the back of the room...

Myanmar: Streets of blood in Myaing as UN fears ‘crimes against humanity’

In one unverified graphic image, a body can be seen with the head blown apart and brain remnants spilled onto the road. “He said it’s...

Quad: As China tensions linger, Biden prepares for first summit with Australia, Japan and India

It will be the first time talks have been held between the heads of state of the four-member Quad and comes as all four countries...

India begins deporting more than 150 Rohingya refugees to Myanmar

Dozens of Rohingya, a Muslim minority population, are now in a makeshift holding center at Jammu’s Hira Nagar jail. They were identified after local authorities...

Australia MeToo# movement: Alleged parliament rape case against Christian Porter has got women angry

For Prime Minister Scott Morrison, that was the end of the matter. The alleged victim didn’t file a police statement before she died, age 49,...