Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Asia

China’s leaders recommit to ‘unwavering’ zero covid policy

China's leaders said they would not deviate from their zero-Covid policy, state media reported on Thursday, echoing a vow last week to stick "firmly" to the strategy. China is the last major economy married to a policy of extinguishing outbreaks...

Fire at oil facility in southern Iran: media

A fire that broke out at an oil export facility in southern Iran has been brought under control without causing damage, according to local media. “A fire has broken out in an open oil channel leading to the export port...

North Korea fires ballistic missile, says Seoul military

North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Wednesday, Seoul's military said, the latest launch from Pyongyang following an unprecedented test bombardment earlier this month. The launch comes as the United States counted votes in House and Senate midterm elections, which...

Qatar evicts hundreds of migrant workers as World Cup approaches

Qatari authorities have evicted hundreds of migrant workers from buildings in central Doha, casting a new shadow over the countdown to the World Cup, residents and workers said on Saturday. Municipal workers and security guards entered about 12 buildings on...

Tropical storm hits the Philippines, at least 45 dead

Severe tropical storm Nalgae slammed into the Philippines on Saturday after triggering flash floods and mudslides that authorities say left at least 45 dead. Nalgae lashed Luzon, the archipelago's main island, with top winds of 95 kilometers (59 miles) an...

Lebanon’s Aoun leaves presidential palace as power vacuum looms

Michel Aoun was leaving Lebanon's presidential palace on Sunday, amid praise from his supporters, a day before his term expires without a designated successor, threatening a new power vacuum in the crisis-torn country. A few thousand supporters gathered to pay...

North Korea’s Kim congratulates Xi on his third term and seeks a “beautiful future” for relations

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent his "warmest congratulations" to Chinese President Xi Jinping for securing a third term as head of China's ruling Communist Party, state media reported on Sunday. The unusually quick report from Pyongyang's official...

Iran’s security forces ‘open fire’ as thousands mourn Mahsa Amini

Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters who gathered by the thousands on Wednesday in Mahsa Amini's hometown to mark 40 days since her death, according to a human rights group and verified videos. Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish...

China’s Covid restrictions disrupt production at world’s largest iPhone factory

Millions of people in China were under tight covid restrictions on Wednesday as sporadic outbreaks across the country led to business closures and disruption at the world's largest iPhone factory. China is the latest major economy welded to a zero-Covid...

Eight children dead in Cambodia after boat sinks

At least eight children have died and three others are missing in Cambodia after a boat carrying them home from an English class capsized in the Mekong River, police said on Friday. The small boat was overloaded and sank about...

The Czechs approve a bill aimed at foreigners who violate human rights

Czech lawmakers approved a bill on Friday that allows the state to deny entry to foreigners or freeze their assets if they have committed a serious crime or violated human rights. The legislation, which must now be approved by the...

Pakistan Promises IMF Reforms as Flood Damage Estimated at Over $16 Billion |

Pakistan's finance minister has promised international lenders to stay true to economic reforms despite a new estimate that his country quickly needs more than $16 billion to recover from devastating floods. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also said a flood donor...

Drone attack in Syria kills suspected IS member

A drone strike in northern Syria on Monday killed a suspected member of the Islamic State group, a war monitor and an AFP correspondent said. It was not immediately clear who was behind the attack that came days after US...

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan

North Korea fired a ballistic missile at Japan for the first time in five years on Tuesday, prompting Tokyo to activate its missile warning system and issue a rare warning for people to take shelter. The latest launch, which the...

Iran says it expects $7bn unfreeze after freeing Americans

Iran is awaiting the release of some $7 billion in frozen funds abroad, state media said on Sunday, after it allowed an Iranian-American to leave the country and release his son from detention. Baquer Namazi, 85, has been allowed to...

US defense chief vows to help Taiwan defend itself

The United States will help Taiwan "develop the ability to defend itself" against a Chinese invasion, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Sunday, stopping short of President Joe Biden's promise to send troops to the island. "We are committed to...

Indonesia probes elite officials as death toll from stadium disaster mounts

Elite Indonesian police officers were investigated Tuesday for a stampede at a stadium that killed 131 people, including dozens of children, in one of the deadliest disasters in soccer history. As public anger grew, police moved to punish those responsible...

Korea strengthens partnership with Nigeria, offers free eye surgery

The Korean government has strengthened its partnership with Nigeria, as its international blindness relief organization Vision Care has provided free cataract surgery to indigent people at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) as part of efforts to overcome preventable...

17 dead in restaurant fire in China

A fire at a restaurant in northeastern China on Wednesday killed 17 people and injured three, according to local authorities. The fire broke out at 12:40 pm (0440 GMT) at a restaurant in the city of Changchun, the local government...

Al-Shabaab suicide attack leaves seven dead in Somalia

A suicide attack claimed by the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab killed at least seven people and wounded nine others in Mogadishu on Sunday, the army and eyewitnesses told AFP. A "desperate terrorist" blew himself up on Sunday morning near...
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