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Hong Kong's Apple Daily vows to fight on after arrest of Jimmy Lai

Readers queued for hours to get a copy of the pro-democracy tabloid, as US secretary of state says China has ‘eviscerated Hong Kong’s freedoms’Hong Kong’s Apple Daily tabloid has responded with defiance to the arrest of owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law imposed by Beijing, promising to “fight on” in a front-page headline above an image of Lai being detained..Readers queued from the early hours to get a copy of the pro-democracy paper a day after police raided its offices and took...
Tags: Hong Kong, Media, China, US, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, State, Lai, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai


Pacific states face instability, hunger and slow road to Covid recovery: Dame Meg Taylor

While the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic has so far spared the Pacific, its economies are in free-fall, the region’s chief diplomat warnsBeyond the health and economic crises of Covid-19, the global pandemic has the potential to cause political instability and undermine state security across the Pacific, the region’s chief diplomat has warned.Dame Meg Taylor, secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, said the region’s economies were struggling with the virus-induced shocks, and a prolonged...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, South Pacific, Pacific, Vanuatu, Fiji, Cook Islands, Tonga, Pacific Islands, Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, Coronavirus outbreak


China sanctions 11 US citizens including Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

NGOs also targeted in tit-for-tat measure arising from Hong Kong security crackdownChina has placed sanctions on 11 US citizens, including legislators and the heads of several US-based non-governmental organisations, in the latest tit-for-tat measure over a national security law imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing.In response to a similar move by the US last week, China’s foreign ministry said on Monday it would target US citizens who have “behaved egregiously on Hong Kong-related issues”. Continue ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new security law

Leading pro-democracy figure detained over alleged foreign collusion as police search Apple Daily officesProfile: a pro-democracy tycoon who is not afraid to take on BeijingOne of Hong Kong’s most strident pro-democracy figures has been arrested and the newspaper he runs searched by police in a stark escalation by authorities enforcing new national security laws brought in by Beijing.The raid on Apple Daily, Hong Kong’s largest pro-democracy daily paper, and arrest of Jimmy Lai and senior execut...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Jimmy Lai


US health secretary praises Taiwan's Covid-19 response during rare high-level visit

Alex Azar is the most senior US official to visit Taipei in 40 years, threatening to escalate US-China tensionsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US health secretary, Alex Azar, has met with Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, in the highest-level US visit in more than four decades, pledging “strong support and friendship” from president Donald Trump.The meeting in Taipei on Monday threatened to escalate worsening tensions between the Washington and Beijing, the latter...
Tags: Washington, China, US, World news, US news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, US politics, Taipei, Donald Trump, Tsai Ing wen, People 's Republic of China, US China, Trump Administration, Alex Azar


Apple imported clothes from Xinjiang firm facing US forced labour sanctions

Details on staff uniforms come after CEO Tim Cook says he will not tolerate modern slaveryApple has imported clothes – probably uniforms for staff in stores – from a company facing US sanctions over forced labour at a subsidiary firm in China’s western Xinjiang region, shipping records show.The details come a week after Apple’s chief executive, Tim Cook, told the US Congress he would not tolerate forced labour or modern-day slavery in the company’s supply chains. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Tim Cook, Slavery, Garment Workers, US Congress, Xinjiang, Forced Labour


Jacinda Ardern must use her power to push New Zealand to more progressive politics | Morgan Godfery

The PM promised transformative government, but has so far largely maintained the status quoJacinda Ardern was travelling in a taxi in July 2017, two months before the election that would make her prime minister, when arguably the most important message in her nine-year parliamentary career came through. Labour’s poll results were crashing, the message said, and the party leader – the austere Andrew Little – was considering stepping down. Would Ardern, the then deputy leader, consider stepping up...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Little, Andrew Little, Jacinda Ardern, Morgan Godfery


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested over alleged foreign collusion

Leading pro-democracy figure detained under controversial new national security lawHong Kong media tycoon and leading pro-democracy figure, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested for alleged foreign collusion, according to an executive at his company.The 71-year-old Lai, who was already facing several other charges over the organisation and promotion of protests last year, was detained on Monday morning under the new national security laws, said Mark Simon, Lai’s top aide, and his news outlet, Apple Daily...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Lai, Jimmy Lai, Apple Daily Continue, lawHong Kong, Mark Simon Lai


Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested under new national security law

Leading pro-democracy figure detained over alleged foreign collusion as police search Apple Daily officesHong Kong media tycoon and leading pro-democracy figure, Jimmy Lai, has been arrested for alleged foreign collusion under controversial new national security laws.The 71-year-old founder of news outlet Apple Daily, who is already facing several other charges over the organisation and promotion of protests last year, was detained on Monday morning. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai


Curtains for the nail house? New plan targets China's most defiant homeowners

New law in Shenzhen means buildings can be developed with 95%, rather than 100%, support from residents – promoting concern over erosion of rightsThey stand as eyesores to most passers by and potential public health risks to authorities, decaying buildings wrapped in tangles of exposed wire, studded with protruding leaky plastic pipes, vegetation billowing from cracks and terraces where particulates from polluted air have accumulated over time.With skyscrapers and ultramodern developments on eve...
Tags: London, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Shenzhen


Global report: US nears 5m Covid cases; New Zealand goes 100 days without local transmission

US nears milestone as Trump extends jobless aid; NZ warns against complacency; Australia records deadliest day of pandemic to dateCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe US is nearing the grim milestone of 5 million confirmed Covid-19 cases, with more than 160,000 deaths, as Donald Trump used executive orders to extend coronavirus aid into next year, with a lower level of support for the unemployed.With the US recording nearly 2 million more cases than the next worst-affe...
Tags: Australia, US, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Brazil, Donald Trump, Nz, Trump, Coronavirus outbreak


Australia’s sheep left without shearers as Covid halts travel from New Zealand

Nation is facing shortage of shearers for its 68 million sheep as hundreds are barred from taking their usual trip across the Tasman SeaIt’s a tradition that stretches back decades. Every year, hundreds of New Zealanders fly in to Australia for the spring shearing season – a huge mobilisation of workers essential to the success of the nation’s wool industry.In dusty sheds on outback farms they join up with local shearers and, between them, relieve five million sheep of their fleeces over eight w...
Tags: Australia, Animals, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Farming, New Zealand, Coronavirus outbreak, Tasman SeaIt


'I can send $100 to Mr Trump': senior Chinese official ridicules US Hong Kong sanctions

China’s most senior figure in Hong Kong defiant after US takes action against leaders over crackdown on freedom in city The head of China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, has mocked sanctions announced by the US over the crackdown on freedoms in the city, offering to send Donald Trump $100 so he can freeze the asset.Luo, whose statement appeared on the liaison office’s website on Saturday, is the most senior Chinese figure in the city. “Being put on the US sanctions list just means that ...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Donald Trump, Trump, Luo, US Hong Kong, Hong Kong Liaison Office Luo Huining


Scott Morrison appearing unruffled at a podium isn't enough to bring calm to a crisis | Katharine Murphy

Reassuring people in the middle of a pandemic is all about instilling confidence in the government’s strategiesScott Morrison made two interesting observations this week that didn’t get much attention in the melee.The first involved Australia’s relationship with China and the US. About a month ago, I wrote a column pointing to the prime minister’s careful efforts to articulate a more independent posture on defence in an era when the two great powers of the century are unreliable. Continue readin...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, US, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Katharine Murphy, Australian foreign policy, Coronavirus outbreak


US imposes sanctions on leader Carrie Lam over Hong Kong crackdown

Other senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials sanctioned by USTensions between Beijing and Washington escalate sharplyThe US government has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials, in response to the crackdown on free speech and political freedoms in the city, the US treasury department said. Related: Hong Kong activists charged over traditional Tiananmen vigil Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Washington, China, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Carrie Lam, Tiananmen, USTensions


US places sanctions on Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam over free speech crackdown

Other senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials sanctioned by USTensions between Beijing and Washington escalate sharplyThe US government has imposed sanctions on Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam, and 10 other senior Chinese and Hong Kong officials, in response to the crackdown on free speech and political freedoms in the city, the US treasury department said. Related: Hong Kong activists charged over traditional Tiananmen vigil Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Washington, China, US, World news, US foreign policy, US news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Carrie Lam, Tiananmen, USTensions


Cambodia: bill to ban women wearing short skirts prompts outcry

Experts fear sweeping public order proposals, including ban on loud talking, could be used to stifle protests A draft public order law that would ban women from wearing short skirts has been condemned by gender rights groups in Cambodia and sparked an outcry online.The draft law, which includes sweeping rules to govern people’s behaviour in public spaces, would prohibit women from wearing items that are “too short or too revealing” and ban men going outside topless. Continue reading...
Tags: Gender, Protest, World news, Asia Pacific, Cambodia


China: fourth Canadian citizen given death penalty over drugs charges

Ye Jianhui sentenced to death on Friday in GuangdongRelations between China and Canada have nosedivedChina has sentenced a fourth Canadian citizen to death on drug charges in less than two years following a sharp downturn in ties over the arrest of an executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei. Related: What is WeChat and why is Trump targeting it? Continue reading...
Tags: China, World news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Drugs trade, Trump, Ye Jianhui


Selling curries to India: Japan exports popular restaurant chain

CoCo Ichibanya hopes locals will approve of its signature hot dishes as it opens near DelhiIt sounds like the culinary equivalent of coals to Newcastle. But a popular Japanese restaurant chain is banking on diners in India to acquire a taste for its signature dish: curry.CoCo Ichibanya, which has become a staple of the Japanese budget dining scene since it opened its first outlet in 1978, this week launched its first restaurant in India, near Delhi. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Japan, India, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Newcastle, Curry, Coco Ichibanya, Delhi Continue


Covid led to ‘brutal crackdown’ on garment workers' rights, says report

Brands including Primark, Zara and H&M accused of failing to protect workers at factories in Asia from ‘union busting’Some of Europe’s biggest retailers, including Primark, Zara and H&M, are failing to stop Covid-19 being used as a pretext for union busting, human rights activists are warning.Millions of garment workers in some of the poorest parts of Asia have lost their jobs since coronavirus shutdowns hit the retail industry worldwide. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Business, Fashion, H&m, Unions, UK News, World news, Retail industry, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Cambodia, Myanmar, Garment Workers, Zara, Primark


UNSW criticised for letter in Chinese with no mention of freedom of speech

In contrast, letter in English on same issue said university had ‘unequivocal commitment to freedom of expression’ The University of New South Wales has been criticised for issuing a letter in Chinese that differs from a letter in English explaining its deletion of a tweet that was critical of China’s human rights abuses.On Wednesday, the vice-chancellor of the university, Prof Ian Jacobs, apologised for the university’s deletion of a tweet that quoted Elaine Pearson, the Australian director of ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian education, Human Rights Watch, Australian Universities, University of New South Wales, UNSW, Ian Jacobs, Elaine Pearson


Beer brand and leather store unwittingly named after Māori word for 'pubic hair'

Canada’s Hell’s Basement and a shop in Wellington both thought the word ‘huruhuru’ meant ‘feather’ – they were wrongA Canadian brewery and a leather store in New Zealand have found themselves in a hairy situation after using te reo Māori to unwittingly name their respective brands after pubic hair.Canadian brewery, Hell’s Basement, called its New Zealand Pale Ale Huruhuru, while a shop in the New Zealand capital, Wellington, gave its entire outlet the name.“Some people call it appreciation, I ca...
Tags: Facebook, World news, Canada, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Coca Cola, Wellington, Maori, Reo Māori, Hell 's Basement, Te Hamua Nikora


Hong Kong activists charged over traditional Tiananmen vigil

Joshua Wong and Jimmy Lai among 25 facing court for ‘taking part in unauthorised assembly’ that has been occurring for 30 yearsTwenty-five Hong Kong democracy activists have been charged with taking part in a banned June candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of China’s 1989 Tiananmen crackdown.They included the prominent activist Joshua Wong, the media tycoon Jimmy Lai and leaders of the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China. They were formally charged on Thursday wi...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Joshua Wong, Tiananmen, Jimmy Lai


MPs urge Home Office to grant refugee status to all Uighurs arriving in UK

Letter to home secretary points out growing evidence of genocide against Uighur people in ChinaA cross-party group of MPs and peers, including a former chair of the Conservative party, have written to the home secretary demanding that Uighur people fleeing China and seeking asylum in the UK are automatically granted refugee status.Abuse and mistreatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region in north-west China has been extensively documented but strenuously den...
Tags: Politics, UK, China, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Refugees, Xinjiang, Uighurs, north west China, Xinjiang Autonomous Region, ChinaA cross party


Criticism of South Korean MP's red dress stirs sexism debate

Ryu Ho-jeong, 28, says she wore colourful outfit to challenge male dominance in parliamentSouth Korea is again confronting its outdated attitudes towards women in the workplace after a female MP was criticised for attending a parliamentary session in a colourful dress.Ryu Ho-jeong, who at 28 is the youngest member of the country’s national assembly, drew condemnation and praise after she was photographed in the national assembly chamber in what local media described as a red minidress earlier th...
Tags: South Korea, Gender, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Women in politics, Ryu Ho jeong, parliamentSouth Korea


Criticism of MP's red dress stirs South Korea sexism debate

Ryu Ho-jeong, 28, says she wore colourful outfit to challenge male dominance in parliamentSouth Korea is again confronting its outdated attitudes towards women in the workplace after a female MP was criticised for attending a parliamentary session in a colourful dress.Ryu Ho-jeong, who at 28 is the youngest member of the country’s national assembly, drew condemnation and praise after she was photographed in the national assembly chamber in what local media described as a red minidress earlier th...
Tags: South Korea, Gender, Women, World news, Asia Pacific, Women in politics, Ryu Ho jeong, parliamentSouth Korea


China sentences third Canadian to death over drug charges

Court in Guangzhou announced Xu Weihong’s penalty and said an alleged accomplice had been given a life sentenceChina has sentenced a third Canadian citizen to death on drug charges amid a steep decline in relations between the two countries.A court in Guangzhou announced Xu Weihong’s penalty on Thursday and said an alleged accomplice, Wen Guanxiong, had been given a life sentence. Continue reading...
Tags: Law, China, Americas, World news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Guangzhou, Xu Weihong, Wen Guanxiong


Hiroshima marks 75th anniversary of atomic bombing - in pictures

City remembers world’s first atomic bombing with downsized ceremonies due to coronavirus and mayor urging nations to reject nationalism and unite to fight all threats Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific


Shinzo Abe accused of going awol as Japan tackles Covid surge

PM acclaimed Japan’s response as a model for the world, but has been largely silent amid record case risesAfter Japan appeared to have brought the coronavirus outbreak under control in late May, the prime minister, Shinzo Abe, acclaimed his country’s response as a “model” for the rest of the world. It had avoided an explosion in cases, he said, and without the compulsory lockdowns imposed in Europe and the US.Abe lifted the seven-week state of emergency, enabling bars and restaurants that had vo...
Tags: Europe, Japan, US, World news, Asia Pacific, Shinzo Abe, Infectious Diseases, Abe, Coronavirus outbreak


'They just pull up everything!' Chinese fleet raises fears for Galápagos sea life

A vast fishing armada off Ecuador’s biodiverse Pacific islands has stirred alarm over ‘indiscriminate’ fishing practicesJonathan Green had been tracking a whale shark named Hope across the eastern Pacific for 280 days when the satellite transmissions from a GPS tag on her dorsal fin abruptly stopped.It was not unusual for the GPS signal to go silent, even for weeks at a time, said Green, a scientist who has been studying the world’s largest fish for three decades in the unique marine ecosystem a...
Tags: China, Environment, Americas, World news, Fish, Green, Asia Pacific, Ecuador, Pacific, Galapagos Islands



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