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Half a million quarantined as China export hub faces outbreak

China's economically important Zhejiang province wrestled on Tuesday with a Covid outbreak that has left half a million people quarantined and some districts under business shutdown. Zhejiang, a major industrial and export hub on the country's east coast, reported 44...

Netizens ask if they’re expected to ‘eat steamboat & such with their hands’ after Dr Mahathir’s ‘Chinese eat with chopsticks’ remark

    Petaling Jaya — Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad launch a new book Capturing Hope: The Struggle Continues For A New Malaysia on Sunday (Dec 12), but managed to infuriate some and puzzle others in a comment he made connecting...

Journalist killed in the Philippines: press group

A Philippine correspondent has died after being shot Wednesday, a press advocacy group said, becoming the latest in a long line of journalists killed in the country. The archipelago nation is one of the most dangerous places in the world...

China extends maternity leave to boost births

Several regions in China have extended maternity leave by at least 30 days, in the latest attempt to encourage child-rearing as the country faces a demographic crisis fuelled by a record-low birth rate. The changes follow the relaxation of strict...

China’s Twitter-like Weibo plans $547 mn Hong Kong listing

US-listed Chinese microblogging platform Weibo is seeking to raise up to $547 million in a share offer in Hong Kong, documents showed Monday, the latest China tech company to list closer to home as tensions with the United States...

The Chinese dad making medicine to treat his dying son

Two-year-old Haoyang has likely just months to live -- but the only medicine that can help his rare genetic condition is not found anywhere in China and closed borders due to the Covid-19 pandemic mean he cannot travel for...

China ruling party plenary to further cement Xi’s grip on power

By Patrick BAERT Chinese President Xi Jinping, the uncontested leader of the world's most populous nation, heads a pivotal plenary of the ruling party's top figures next week that will set the tone for his bid for long-term rule.From Monday...

Indonesia deports US woman convicted in Bali ‘suitcase murder’

American Heather Mack, convicted as a pregnant teenager of helping to kill her mother at a luxury hotel in Bali, was deported Tuesday from Indonesia along with her now six-year-old daughter, immigration officials said. Mack, 25, was flown back to...

Beijing ‘firmly opposes’ military contact between US and Taiwan

US-China - Beijing said Thursday it opposed military ties between Washington and Taiwan, after President Tsai Ing-wen confirmed a small number of US troops are present on the island. Authoritarian China regards self-ruled Taiwan as its own territory and has...

Why tensions are rising over Taiwan

By Francesco FONTEMAGGI Tensions have soared in recent weeks over Taiwan, the self-governing democracy claimed by China -- and allied with the United States. How far the tensions will accelerate -- and what the US response will be -- is...
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    Singapore — As the world enters its third year into the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the benefits is that...
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China incensed by French parliament’s genocide declaration

Beijing, China By Poornima WEERASEKARA China condemned a French parliament resolution on Friday that accuses Beijing of carrying out a genocide against its Uyghur Muslim population, a...

Samsung pulls Singapore drag queen ad after backlash

South Korean tech giant Samsung has pulled an online advert in Singapore that featured a hijab-wearing Muslim woman hugging her drag queen son after...

Land battle awaits Indigenous communities over Indonesia capital relocation: NGO

Jakarta, Indonesia Tens of thousands of Indonesia's indigenous people are at risk of being expelled from their lands to make way for the construction of a...

‘I’m feeling much better now.’ Hayley Woo says after ‘underestimating’ Moderna booster side effects

    Singapore — After a rough ride following a Moderna Covid-19 booster jab, actress Hayley Woo says she’s doing better and thanks the people who...