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Japan tops 10,000 coronavirus cases per day

Japan tops 10,000 coronavirus cases per day

Hospitals are now filling up in Tokyo with half of all beds already occupied and three more prefectures hosting events are going into a state of emergency.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw

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Hong Kong waiter sentenced to nine years in jail under security law

Hong Kong waiter sentenced to nine years in jail under security law

The sentence sets a precedent as to how similar cases will be dealt with by the city’s traditionally independent courts, as dozens arrested under the legislation await their fate.

  • by James Pomfret and Sara Cheng
Amid political turmoil, Malaysia directs vaccine surge at virus hotspot

Amid political turmoil, Malaysia directs vaccine surge at virus hotspot

Malaysia’s rowing politicians have joined forces to flood Selangor and Kuala Lumpur with extra vaccines, aiming to vaccinate all adults there by mid August.

  • by Chris Barrett
Afghan forces face enemies within as Taliban infiltrate crumbling ranks

Afghan forces face enemies within as Taliban infiltrate crumbling ranks

As a senior US official admitted: “If you don’t have fuel, the Afghan army doesn’t fight. And if they’re not being paid, they don’t fight.”

  • by Dan Lamothe
China sends sharp-tongued ‘wolf warrior’ to US as ambassador

China sends sharp-tongued ‘wolf warrior’ to US as ambassador

The first-time ambassador and frequent critic of the West will instantly become Beijing’s most important overseas envoy.

First images of Sean Turnell inside Myanmar jail as he receives jab

First images of Sean Turnell inside Myanmar jail as he receives jab

The Australian economist is being held at a Myanmar prison reportedly rife with COVID-19 as the strife-torn nation faces an alarming outbreak.

  • by Chris Barrett
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‘Beacon of hope’: Whole nation jabbed in just a week

‘Beacon of hope’: Whole nation jabbed in just a week

In the extraordinary vaccination effort, health workers even trekked for days through landslides and pouring rain to reach extremely remote villages atop steep mountains to administer doses.

  • by Wasbir Hussain and Rishi Lekhi
Qantas flight organised for ‘vulnerable’ Australians stuck in Indonesia

Qantas flight organised for ‘vulnerable’ Australians stuck in Indonesia

The Australian government is working with the airline to organise expat flights from Indonesia, which has become the global epicentre of the COVID-19 virus.

  • by Chris Barrett
‘Justice for Noor’: Outcry over beheading of ex-diplomat’s daughter

‘Justice for Noor’: Outcry over beheading of ex-diplomat’s daughter

The killing of 27-year-old Noor Mukadam on the grounds of an Islamabad mansion has roused anger over Pakistan’s record of protecting women from violence.

  • by Miriam Berger
‘Most significant expansion’: China builds nuclear missile silos in desert

‘Most significant expansion’: China builds nuclear missile silos in desert

The vast site, spread over nearly 500 square km in the Xinjiang region, is thought to house 110 silos for launching weapons.

  • by Jamie Johnson
‘We will not flinch’: US defence chief calls out China on first trip to South East Asia

‘We will not flinch’: US defence chief calls out China on first trip to South East Asia

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said the Western superpower was committed to a constructive relationship with China, but took aim at Beijing’s conduct.

  • by Chris Barrett