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Hong Kong's incoming leader John Lee to travel to Beijing

The meeting will be John Lee's first with China's top officials since he won the uncontested leadership election on May 8 with 99.2% of all votes from an election committee that is largely made up of pro-Beijing members. A government statement confirmed that Lee will go to Beijing with his private secretary and press secretary, as well as his wife.

27 May 2022 12:51 pm
Beijing city offers elderly Covid shot-related health insurance to ease hesitancy

China's capital is offering elderly residents state-backed insurance for medical accidents linked to COVID-19 shots to ease vaccination hesitancy among those most vulnerable, as Beijing ramps up inoculations during its worst outbreak.

27 May 2022 8:40 am
Four bombs kill at least 16 in Afghanistan

The death toll from four bombs that ripped through minibuses and a mosque in Afghanistan has risen to at least 16, officials said on Thursday, with some of the attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

26 May 2022 3:16 pm
Former Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa questioned by CID over May 9 violence

The Sri Lankan police have questioned former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and recorded a 3-hour-long statement over the violent clashes between his supporters and anti-government protesters in the crisis-hit country that killed at least 10 people and injured over 200 others, according to a media report on Thursday.

26 May 2022 12:02 pm
China premier issues warning on Covid-hit economy

China's premier has sounded an unusually stark warning about the world's second-largest economy, saying it must return to normal as the country's zero-Covid strategy bites into growth.

26 May 2022 10:16 am
EXPLAINER: What's at stake for China on South Pacific visit?

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting the South Pacific with a 20-person delegation this week in a display of Beijing's growing military and diplomatic presence in the region.

26 May 2022 8:51 am
Beijing health chief sacked as city battles virus outbreak

The city has reported hundreds of cases in recent weeks in an Omicron-variant-fuelled outbreak -- its largest since the start of the pandemic.

25 May 2022 4:54 pm
Ferdinand Marcos proclaimed Philippine president

Marcos, who formally takes office next month, secured more than 31.6 million votes, or 58.8 percent of the total, according to a final tally released by the parliament.

25 May 2022 4:07 pm
Tightening Covid net, Beijing deals out punishments, stark warnings

Beijing further tightened its dragnet on the virus with zero community transmission the target, punishing workplaces that flout rules or circumvent curbs and imploring residents to police their own movements. In Shanghai, which is aiming for a June 1 complete exit from a stringent city-wide lockdown, is gradually unwinding Covid curbs and allowing more people to venture out.

25 May 2022 12:10 pm
Taiwan radio enthusiasts tune in as Chinese, US warplanes crowd sensitive skies

Shortly after dawn on a southern Taiwanese beach, Robin Hsu's iPhone pings with the first radio message of the day from Taiwan's air force as it warns away Chinese aircraft.

24 May 2022 4:04 pm
Joe Bidens latest Taiwan gaffe stokes tensions with Beijing

Whether intentional or not, Biden provoked China with a vow to defend Taiwan militarily. After saying that US policy on Taiwan had not changed at all during a news conference in Tokyo, he then answered yes when asked if the US would act militarily to defend the island in the event of a Chinese attack.

24 May 2022 1:05 pm
Covid-19: How 'fear of punishment' is keeping large parts of Shanghai in lockdown

Neighborhood committees around the city are imposing strict and arbitrary curbs on movement, including limits on who can leave their apartment blocks and for how long -- amid concerns about a rebound in Covid cases in Shanghai.

24 May 2022 12:24 pm
Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices by 20%-40% as it seeks to rein in crisis

Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said in a message on Twitter that petrol prices would increase by 20%-24% while diesel prices would rise by 35%-38% with immediate effect.

24 May 2022 10:21 am
Lankan court again extends travel ban on former governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka

On April 7, the court barred 67-year-old Ajith Nivard Cabraal from travelling out. The travel ban was again extended on April 18. Cabraal has been named as a suspect in a personal complaint filed alleging misappropriation of funds while serving as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

23 May 2022 2:50 pm
Afghan women TV presenters cover faces on air

Women presenters on Afghanistan's leading news channels went on air Sunday with their faces covered, a day after defying a Taliban order to conceal their appearance on television. Since seizing power last year, the Taliban have imposed a slew of restrictions on civil society, many focused on reining in the rights of women and girls to comply with the group's austere brand of Islam.

22 May 2022 4:15 pm
Two million stranded as worst floods in decades hit Bangladesh

Many parts of Bangladesh are prone to flooding, and experts say that climate change is increasing the likelihood of extreme weather events around the world.

21 May 2022 6:14 pm