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Australia takes China to WTO over its trade sanctions on Australian wines

Coalition says despite going to the World Trade Organization it ‘remains open to engaging directly with Beijing to resolve the issue’Australia is lodging a formal complaint with the World Trade Organization over China imposing anti-dumping duties on Australian wine exports, the federal government announced on Saturday.The decision follows “extensive consultation with Australia’s winemakers”, it said, adding: “Australia remains open to engaging directly with China to resolve this issue.” Continu...
Tags: Australia, China, International Trade, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, World Trade Organization, WTO


One person killed after suspected tornado hits Auckland

The storm struck the suburb of Papatoetoe, causing extensive damage to homesOne person has died and two people have been injured after a suspected tornado hit a shipping container site in the New Zealand city of Auckland on Saturday morning.Fire crews were also attending about 100 calls after the tornado ripped through the suburb of Papatoetoe, bringing down trees, tearing off roofs and smashing windows, Stuff reported. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Tornadoes, Auckland, Papatoetoe


Kiwi wars: the golden fruit fuelling a feud between New Zealand and China

One firm’s attempt to regain control of illegal cultivation shows Auckland’s lack of leverage over its largest trade partnerIt is the story of a global superpower, a smuggling operation, pestilence and a small hairy fruit.Ubiquitous on supermarket shelves and in lunchboxes, the humble kiwi is New Zealand’s most valuable horticultural export. Recent battles for control of the fruit, however, have shone a light on tensions in New Zealand’s relationship with China. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, Science, China, Environment, World news, Asia Pacific, Farming, Fruit, Food & drink industry, Agriculture, New Zealand, Auckland, Kiwi


In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory

Amid the heavily politicised debate, a lot of evidence now points to a natural spillover event – but other causes cannot be ruled outCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe coronavirus pandemic has raised so many questions as it has continued its inexorable spread across the planet, but perhaps the first of them remains the most contentious: where did Sars-CoV-2 come from?In recent weeks there has been renewed focus on whether it could have escaped from a Chinese laborato...
Tags: Science, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus


‘We have more in common than what separates us’: refugee stories, told by refugees

In One Thousand Dreams, award-winning photographer Robin Hammond hands the camera to refugees. Often reduced by the media’s toxic or well-meaning narratives, the portraits and interviews capture a different and more complex tale‘Never stop dreaming’: refugees get behind the camera – in picturesRobin Hammond has spent two decades crisscrossing the developing world and telling other people’s stories. From photographing the Rohingya forced out of Myanmar and rape survivors in the Democratic Republi...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Photography, Gender, Sweden, Media, Greece, China, Iraq, Nigeria, Africa, Society, World news, Turkey, Iran, Mental Health


LinkedIn blocks profiles from view in China if sensitive topics mentioned

Networking site tells users that references to Tiananmen Square, even as academic study, are prohibited contentLinkedIn is blocking profiles from being viewed inside China if they mention politically sensitive topics such as the Tiananmen Square massacre, including benign references to academic study.In recent weeks, the professional networking site has written to several China analysts, alerting them to “prohibited content” on their profile pages. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, China, Censorship, Linkedin, World news, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, Communism, Tiananmen Square


Bear shot dead after rampage through Sapporo in Japan

Animal ‘exterminated’ after it bounded through the city, injuring four peopleHunters have shot and killed a brown bear in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo after it rampaged through the city, injuring four people, including a soldier.Authorities in Sapporo tweeted on Friday that the bear had been “exterminated”, with a local television station saying hunters had shot the bear. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Sapporo


Hongkongers queue to buy Apple Daily copies after editor-in-chief arrested

Public outpouring of support for tabloid after raid on offices by national security policeHongkongers queued at city news stands before dawn on Friday to buy the latest edition of the Apple Daily newspaper, a day after national security police arrested its editor-in-chief and four other directors.On Thursday morning hundreds of officers from the Hong Kong police national security department raided the homes of the employees, including editor-in-chef Ryan Law, and the Apple Daily newsroom for the...
Tags: Hong Kong, Media, China, World news, Newspapers, Asia Pacific, Apple Daily, Ryan Law


Disney Must Work Hard to Maintain Early Streaming Progress in Asia-Pacific, Says Study

From a standing start 19 months ago, Disney’s video streaming operations in Asia-Pacific have already amassed 36.9 million subscribers. Boosted by launches in more Asian territories this year, numbers could reach 56.5 million and $800 million of revenue by the end of the year, according to new research by Media Partners Asia. The data is […]
Tags: Asia, News, India, Disney, Global, Asia Pacific, Streaming, Media Partners Asia, Disney Plus, Disney Must Work Hard


Chinese academic suspended for advocating polygamy

Bao Yinan from East China University of Political Science and Law accused over WeChat statementsA Chinese academic has been suspended by his university after he advocated polygamy on his personal WeChat account, sparking a new discussion around China’s evolving attitudes towards sex.Bao Yinan, a legal researcher at the prestigious East China University of Political Science and Law in Shanghai, was accused by his employer of “making wrong statements”. The university has now suspended all his tea...
Tags: Relationships, China, Censorship, Life and style, World news, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Freedom Of Speech, Bao Yinan, East China University of Political Science and Law


‘Worst of times’: Hong Kong media defiant amid police crackdown

Apple Daily hits back after executives arrested in second raid on pro-democracy paper’s newsroomApple Daily’s journalism has ruffled feathers since its establishment in 1995. A populist Hong Kong tabloid owned by Jimmy Lai, a pro-Trump media mogul and now jailed activist, the paper is fond of sensational crime stories, celebrity gossip, and investigations into government scandals and corruption. It’s a vocal supporter of the pro-democracy movement, a thorn in the side of police, and has become a...
Tags: Hong Kong, Media, China, World news, Newspapers & magazines, Newspapers, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Press freedom, Trump, Lai, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai


Chinese astronauts reach new space station for three-month mission

Shenzhou-12 carrying three astronauts docks with Tiangong space station after seven-hour flightAstronauts on board China’s first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years have reached the new Tiangong space station after blasting off from the Gobi desert.A Long March-2F rocket launched the three astronauts in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, which docked with Tianhe – the main section of the Tiangong station – just over seven hours later. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Shenzhou, Tiangong


Hong Kong Apple Daily raid targeted 'conspiracy', claims security chief – video

Hong Kong's security chief, John Lee, accused the five Apple Daily directors arrested on Thursday of using 'journalistic work as a tool to endanger national security'. Lee said the five were arrested on suspicion of collusion with foreign countries or external elements to invite sanctions or other hostile activities. In a significant escalation in the government’s moves to rein in the Hong Kong press, Apple Daily's newsroom and offices were searched and HK$18m (US $2.3m) in assets frozenHong Kon...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, US, World news, Newspapers, Asia Pacific, Press freedom, Lee, John Lee, Apple Daily, frozenHong Kong


Hong Kong police arrest editor of Apple Daily newspaper – video

Ryan Law, the editor-in-chief of Apple Daily, has been arrested along with four other directors of the pro-democracy newspaper on suspicion of collusion with a foreign country or 'external elements' to endanger national security. The newspaper's owner, Jimmy Lai, is serving a jail sentence on charges relating to pro-democracy protests in 2019Hong Kong police arrest editor-in-chief of Apple Daily newspaper in morning raids Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Media, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Press freedom, Apple Daily, Jimmy Lai, Ryan Law, 2019Hong Kong


China mourns passing of heroic pig that survived 2008 quake

Pig that became Chinese national icon after surviving 36 days under rubble has diedA pig that became an unlikely national icon in China after surviving 36 days under rubble following a powerful earthquake in 2008 has died at the age of 14, sparking an outpouring of emotion.Zhu Jianqiang, meaning “strong-willed pig”, shot to fame after being discovered alive after the magnitude 7.9 earthquake in south-western Sichuan province on 12 May 2008. Continue reading...
Tags: China, Animals, World news, Asia Pacific, Sichuan, Zhu Jianqiang


‘Even more attractive’: New Zealand capital Wellington to ban cars from ‘Golden Mile’

Of 2,000 public submissions, a decisive majority were in favour of the plan to get rid of cars from major streetsThe main thoroughfare in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is set to become car-free by 2023, after local authorities opted for the most ambitious reform option available to them.Pavements in Wellington’s “Golden Mile” will grow in size by up to 75%, cyclists and pedestrians will be prioritised and two bus lanes – one in each direction – will allow continued public transport. It is e...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Wellington, Nz, Wellington New Zealand


First astronauts blast off for China’s new space station

Hugely prestigious event for China as Beijing prepares to mark 100th anniversary of ruling Communist partyThe first astronauts for China’s new space station have blasted off on the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.The trio were aboard a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months. It is China’s first crewed mission in nearly five years. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Tiangong


First astronauts to blast off for China’s new space station

Hugely prestigious event for China as Beijing prepares to mark 100th anniversary of ruling Communist partyThe first astronauts for China’s new space station are due to blast off for the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.The trio will launch on a Long March-2F rocket for the Tiangong station, where they will spend three months. Continue reading...
Tags: Space, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Tiangong


Morrison says Indo-Pacific must remain ‘secure and resilient’ in veiled swipe at China

Macron backs prime minister, saying Australia is at the forefront of threats in the region and France is committed to ‘defending the balance’The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has called for global cooperation to ensure peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific, lashing China for undermining the rule of law and threatening a world order that “favours freedom”.In a speech to the council of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, Morrison called for other countries to j...
Tags: Australia, France, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Paris, Australian politics, OECD, Scott Morrison, G7, Morrison, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, Organisation for Economic Co, Indo Pacific


‘Scapegoating’: protesters to gather at Australian parliament before Witness K sentencing

Former NSW DPP says ‘the wrong parties are being prosecuted’ in case that exposed government’s bugging of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations in 2004Protesters supporting Witness K will gather at federal parliament to decry his treatment as he faces sentencing and “a very real prospect” of being jailed for speaking out about Australia’s misconduct abroad.Witness K is scheduled to face a sentencing hearing on Thursday for his role in exposing the Australian government’s bugging of Timor-L...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Timor Leste, Witness K case, NSW DPP


Nora Quoirin: Malaysia court overturns inquest’s misadventure verdict

High court ruling leaves open possibility of criminal involvement, in victory for familyA Malaysian court has overturned the findings of an inquest into the death of the French-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin, stating that the coroner was wrong to conclude she died as a result of misadventure.The high court judge Azizul Azmi Adnan instead issued an open verdict, which does not rule out the possibility of criminal involvement and could pave the way for further investigations into her disappearan...
Tags: Europe, London, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Nora Quoirin, Nora Anne Quoirin, Azizul Azmi Adnan


China to crack down on online fanclubs over bullying concerns

Operation launches to target fanclub culture that ‘adversely affects mental health of minors’, says watchdogChina’s internet watchdog has launched a crackdown on the country’s “chaotic” online celebrity fanclubs, accusing them of contributing to a culture of abuse and of manipulating public opinion.In an announcement on Tuesday, the office of the central cyberspace affairs commission said it was launching a two-month special operation targeting fanclub culture, known as fan quan, which it said a...
Tags: Media, Celebrity, China, Social Media, World news, Mental Health, Asia Pacific, Digital Media, Young People


‘It’s not easy’: seven working parents around the world – photo essay

Photographers Linda Bournane Engelberth and Valentina Sinis document the lives of working parents from Botswana to the UK for UnicefIf investing in family-friendly policies is good for business, then many companies are missing a trick. Giving parents and families adequate time, resources and services to care for children, while staying in their jobs and improving their skills and productivity, pays off according to employers. But for many, in all parts of the world, paid parental leave and child...
Tags: Family, UK, Children, Africa, Pregnancy, Americas, Employment, Society, World news, Childcare, Work & careers, Asia Pacific, Charities, Voluntary sector, Work-life balance, Employee Benefits


Covid outbreaks in Chinese ports could cause global goods shortages

Combination of rise in demand for products as some countries reopen and lockdowns in some port cities mean prices could climbAn outbreak of Covid-19 in southern China has combined with the rapid reopening of the world economy and a shortage of shipping containers to cause a surge in transport costs that could fuel inflation and cause shortages of goods across the globe.China reported 21 new coronavirus cases in the mainland on Wednesday with 15 of them in the vital industrial province of Guangdo...
Tags: Business, Science, China, India, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global Economy, Guangdong, Coronavirus, COVID


Online sex crimes crisis in South Korea affecting all women, report finds

Human Rights Watch found sex crime prosecutions involving illegal filming rose 11-fold between 2008 and 2017South Korea’s epidemic of online sexual abuse has left survivors traumatised for life, and is adversely affecting all women and girls in the country, according to a new report.Molka – the use of hidden cameras to film or share explicit images of women without their consent – is forcing victims to contemplate suicide or to consider quitting their jobs or leaving the country, Human Rights Wa...
Tags: South Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, Korea, Pornography, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch HRW, Digital Sex Crimes, South Korea Continue


From packed streets to silence: documenting the fall of Hong Kong

Two years ago photojournalist Laurel Chor covered mass protests against the extradition bill. She looks back at how the city has changed in their wakeI had never seen so many people before in my life. On 9 June 2019, hundreds of thousands of people dressed in white marched slowly but steadily across Hong Kong island.The heat and humidity were almost unbearable, but protesters from all walks of life came prepared with neck towels, folding fans, and umbrellas to shield the sun. It’s never easy to ...
Tags: Hong Kong, World news, Asia Pacific, Laurel Chor


‘People have an over-attachment to their cars’: Where is Auckland transport going?

Aucklanders are driving more than ever and it’s bad for their health – but efforts to get them out of their cars are failingAuckland may have just won the title of world’s most liveable city thanks largely to New Zealand’s Covid-free status, but it’s not about to receive any traffic awards.Aucklanders drove an average of 1.6bn kilometres a year more in 2017 than they did in 2013. Half of peak-time trips are under six kilometres. New Zealand has the fourth-highest per-capita car ownership in the ...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand Health Survey


China set to administer 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to administer 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


China set to deliver 1bn Covid vaccine doses by end of this week

Cash incentives and gifts offered to fulfil target of vaccinating 40% of population by end of monthCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina is on track to deliver 1bn vaccine doses by the end of this week, after bolstering production and distribution networks in an ambitious drive to vaccinate 40% of the population by this month.Chinese authorities have been encouraging people to take the free and voluntary doses with cash incentives, gifts and colour-coded signage to ...
Tags: Health, Science, China, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Vaccines and immunisation, Coronavirus


South Korea says consensual sex act between male soldiers ‘bordered on rape’

Activists decry discrimination as court finds men guilty of indecency and hands down a six-month suspended sentenceA South Korean military court has been accused of discriminating against sexual minorities after it found two male soldiers guilty of indecency for engaging in consensual oral sex.The ruling, which took place in March but emerged last week, found the soldiers’ actions “bordered on rape” and handed them a six-month suspended prison sentence by applying the controversial article 92-6 ...
Tags: South Korea, World news, Asia Pacific, LGBT rights, Global development



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