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Chinese President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday that the European Union should maintain its autonomy in foreign policy, in their first phone conversation since the formation of a defence alliance between the US, Britain and Australia.The two leaders had spoken by phone in February and during a trilateral video su…
 
A year after a powerful storm sent an avalanche of volcanic rock and sand crashing down, burying her house, Filipino food vendor Florivic Baldoza still lives in an evacuation centre. As global warming brings increasingly extreme weather, she now fears “nowhere is safe”. Hundreds of families from poor villages around Mayon volcano in Albay province …
 
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday urged United Nations member states to include Taiwan in more UN institutions, despite opposition from China.“Taiwan has not been permitted to contribute to UN efforts,” Blinken said in a statement. “We encourage all UN member states to join us in supporting Taiwan’s robust, meaningful participation th…
 
Physicists in China say they have built two quantum computers with performance speeds which top their Western competitors – a superconducting machine and an even faster type which uses light photons to achieve never-before seen results.According to the research team, the light-based Jiuzhang 2 can calculate in one millisecond a task that would take…
 
China’s major e-commerce platforms have apparently banned keyword search for products related to hit Netflix show Squid Game , which has prompted merchants to devise workarounds for consumers to find these goods online.An online check by the South China Morning Post yielded no results for a keyword search using “Squid Game” on Taobao Marketplace, J…
 
Taiwan has unveiled the first generation of a battery-powered exoskeleton suit that could enhance the physical endurance of soldiers and increase mobility in various military operations.This comes amid a spike in tensions across the Taiwan Strait, with record air force sorties from mainland China, that has raised concern internationally.The version…
 
A new chip fabrication plant from Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) will cover a land area equal to about five football fields and mainly produce display driver and power management chips using mature technologies, according to a document published by the government of Shenzhen’s Pingshan district.The document, which was publish…
 
The party secretary for Inner Mongolia’s Ejina banner – a tourist destination in northern China that is grappling with a Covid-19 outbreak – has been removed from his post for mismanagement of the pandemic response, according to a local newspaper.Chen Zhanyun, who had been in the job for less than two months, was sacked on Tuesday due to “insuffici…
 
Fahima has wept many times since her husband sold their two young daughters into marriage to survive the drought gripping western Afghanistan.Oblivious to the deal, six-year-old Faristeh and 18-month-old Shokriya sit by her side in a mud-brick and tarpaulin shelter for displaced people.“My husband said if we don’t give away our daughters, we will a…
 
A year after a powerful storm sent an avalanche of volcanic rock and sand crashing down, burying her house, Filipino food vendor Florivic Baldoza still lives in an evacuation centre. As global warming brings increasingly extreme weather, she now fears “nowhere is safe”. Hundreds of families from poor villages around Mayon volcano in Albay province …
 
Singapore borders will in two weeks reopen to vaccinated travellers from Australia and Switzerland, who will not have to undergo quarantine, authorities said on Tuesday.The new arrangement is on top of the 11 vaccinated travel lanes the city state has already announced, including to Britain, South Korea and the United States.The move comes as Singa…
 
Singapore borders will in two weeks reopen to vaccinated travellers from Australia and Switzerland, who will not have to undergo quarantine, authorities said on Tuesday.The new arrangement is on top of the 11 vaccinated travel lanes the city state has already announced, including to Britain, South Korea and the United States.The move comes as Singa…
 
China’s foreign minister Wang Yi has again urged the US to ease sanctions against the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan to help the country overcome a looming humanitarian crisis. He was speaking during the first high-level meeting with the Afghan interim government in Qatar on Monday.It was Wang’s first meeting with acting deputy prime minister Mullah Abd…
 
The number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients in Singapore has risen to such an extent that there are only 60 empty beds left in intensive care units.The overall ICU utilisation rate stood at 83.6 per cent as of Monday, the city state’s health ministry said, up from about two-thirds just under a week ago. Of the 306 occupied ICU beds, 64 were taken…
 
The number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients in Singapore has risen to such an extent that there are only 60 empty beds left in intensive care units.The overall ICU utilisation rate stood at 83.6 per cent as of Monday, the city state’s health ministry said, up from about two-thirds just under a week ago. Of the 306 occupied ICU beds, 64 were taken…
 
A labour dispute at a construction site led to more than 30 workers blocking a busy road for more than half an hour near a Hong Kong public hospital on Tuesday.Officers including personnel from the Police Tactical Unit – usually deployed for crowd control – were called to the scene along Pok Fu Lam Road near Queen Mary Hospital at about 8.45am, aft…
 
New Oriental Education, the largest provider of private educational services in China, announced on Monday night it would stop providing extracurricular classes for kindergarten, primary and junior secondary school students by the end of November.The tutoring company, which offers a wide variety of educational services, is the latest casualty of Ch…
 
In September 2019, three months before the world first learned of a new virus that would spark a global pandemic, a health watchdog released a report painting a dire picture of a planet at risk of a crisis.There was a “very real threat” of a rapidly moving, highly lethal respiratory pathogen starting a pandemic, killing tens of millions and wiping …
 
Hong Kong police have launched a citywide manhunt for three men who leapt from a BMW and escaped on foot following a high-speed 3km chase in the New Territories in the early hours of Tuesday.Officers managed to arrest a fourth man, 26, after the vehicle was intercepted following a chase that stretched from Yuen Long to Tin Shui Wai. The driver and …
 
Police are searching for the murderer of seven people, including a local official who was killed at his home, in Wuhan in central China in the early hours of Monday morning.Xiaosi township’s acting party secretary Zhang Qihong was killed along with four members of his family, including two children.The district’s Public Security Bureau alleges a 39…
 
Children under 18 and people from dozens of countries with a shortage of vaccines will be exempt from new rules that will require most travellers to the United States be vaccinated against Covid-19, the Biden administration announced.The US government said Monday it will require airlines to collect contact information on passengers regardless of wh…
 
Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell domestic helpers in the Middle East.After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook acknowledged in internal documents obtained by Associated Press that it was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusi…
 
Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell domestic helpers in the Middle East.After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook acknowledged in internal documents obtained by Associated Press that it was “under-enforcing on confirmed abusi…
 
Top economic officials from China and the US have agreed to step up policy coordination during talks, with observers saying US Treasury bonds and real estate group China Evergrande’s debt crisis could have been on the agenda.At the request of the United States side, Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He had a virtual conference with US Treasury Secretary Jan…
 
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Jessica Xu does not plan to take a Covid-19 vaccine and has advised her parents not to either, because she still has doubts about them.“It took about a year to develop the Covid-19 vaccines, when usually it takes years, and people have been taking them for less than a year,” said 40-year-old Xu, a travel agent in Beijing who specialises in overseas…
 
Japan’s Princess Mako will on Tuesday register her marriage to her university sweetheart Kei Komuro, a 30-year-old commoner, without any of the traditional, festive rites.The princess, also 30, will then relinquish her title, as is customary for women who marry outside the Imperial Family. She has declined a payment of some US$1.35 million from tax…
 
Chinese boats have been harassing civilian vessels in Malaysian oil and gas fields in the South China Sea “on a daily basis” for the past two years, according to the Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative.The Chinese coastguard was aiming to “control” the Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company has several oil …
 
The South Korean Netflix hit Squid Game is breaking barriers on what seems like a daily basis.The dystopian drama, in which desperate and indebted people take part in deadly games to win a massive pot of money, has not only beaten the period drama Bridgerton to become the platform’s biggest series launch, it has become Netflix’s biggest show ever, …
 
Indian celebrities from the world of Bollywood and cricket are increasingly launching digital memorabilia through non-fungible tokens (NFT), hoping to rake in thousands of dollars by cashing in on growing interest in such assets.NFTs are a type of digital asset which use blockchain to record the ownership of items such as images, videos and other c…
 
Even as an exodus of Hong Kong’s expat community continues, driven in part by the harsh Covid-19 quarantine rules and also political concerns, French national Marc says he is staying put.The 21-day isolation period which he served in January after returning from France was a “burden”, he said, but Hong Kong remained attractive. He moved to the city…
 
North Korea on Saturday lambasted US President Joe Biden’s recent commitment to defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China, saying Washington has been attempting to stifle socialist countries.In a statement dated Friday, Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-ho also emphasised that the situation surrounding the Taiwan Strait “is in correlation with the sit…
 
Airlines in Asia are bringing back international capacity as the region gradually follows North America and Europe in reopening borders, led by Singapore, whose economy depends on open access.By January, Singapore is poised to reach 84 per cent of the weekly flights to Europe as it had in March last year, before the clampdown on travel. And there’l…
 
When Moon Jae-in gave his first address as the president of South Korea, he promised not to rest until he had secured a permanent peace between the divided Koreas.“I will fly to Washington, Beijing and Tokyo, if needed, and I will also go to Pyongyang, if conditions are met,” Moon said during his 2017 inaugural speech. “I will do everything in my p…
 
China has ramped up its electricity imports from North Korea, Russia and Myanmar amid its worst power shortage in decades, customs data shows, although the increases do not offer an immediate solution to the nationwide crisis.Imports from North Korea increased by 62 per cent to 35,974 megawatt-hours (MWh) in September compared with the same period …
 
Gunmen killed seven people and wounded at least 20 in an assault on Friday in a Rohingya refugee camp in Bangladesh, police and a doctor said, an attack that heightens tensions after the recent shooting of a prominent community leader.The attackers shot and stabbed people attending an Islamic school in the camp, a regional police chief said.Four pe…
 
A quarantine-free travel bubble between Singapore and Australia could be established “within the next week”, said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday.The arrangement will first be focused on allowing vaccinated students and business travellers to travel freely between the two countries, before opening up to tourists, reported The Syd…
 
Many small business owners in South Korea recognise themselves in the cash-strapped characters of the wildly popular Netflix drama Squid Game , who vie desperately for a chance to win US$38 million, exposing a debt trap that is all too familiar.Nearing retirement at 58, Yu Hee-sook paid off her debts long ago, but still gets calls from collection a…
 
Survivors and descendants of those killed in Indonesia’s anti-communist purge of 1965-1966 are urging Western countries to apologise for their roles in what the CIA has itself described as “one of the worst mass murders of the 20th century”.The spotlight on the West’s role in the state-backed genocide, which claimed the lives of at least hundreds o…
 
An acute shortage of coal, the Goliath of India’s energy mix, has forced industries to either pare back production or use expensive imported fuel, as supplies are prioritised for electricity providers servicing households.The situation could undermine the country’s economic rebound from the devastating pandemic that plunged the country into a deep …
 
South Korea on Thursday successfully launched its first domestically developed space rocket, marking a great leap forward for the country’s space programme as Seoul sets its sights on 6G networks and spy satellites.However, the three-stage Nuri rocket, emblazoned with the Korean national flag, did not succeed in putting a 1.5-tonne dummy satellite …
 
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