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Meghan and Prince Harry discussed moving to New Zealand in 2018, governor-general says

Patsy Reddy says couple said they could ‘imagine living in a place like this’ during their visitThe Queen’s representative in New Zealand has said Prince Harry and Meghan discussed moving to the South Pacific country during their 2018 visit, more than a year before the couple stepped back from royal duties and moved to the US.Governor-general Patsy Reddy said: “I remember they’d just been down to the Abel Tasman national park when we sat down and had a drink, and they said that they could imagin...
Tags: US, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Prince Harry, Harry, South Pacific, Meghan, Abel Tasman, Patsy Reddy, The Duchess of Sussex


$5,800 whisky bottle given to Pompeo as gift missing, state department says

Japan gave bottle to former secretary of state two years ago ‘Ongoing inquiry’ underway into what happened to the boozeThe state department has said that it is looking into the the apparent disappearance of a nearly $6,000 bottle of whisky given more than two years ago to then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by the government of Japan.In a notice filed in the federal register, the department said it could find no trace of the bottle’s whereabouts and that there is an “ongoing inquiry” into what h...
Tags: Japan, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, Whisky, State, Pompeo, Mike Pompeo


‘Bad faith’ US prosecutors misled Canada in Huawei case, court hears in final arguments

Lawyers for Meng Wanzhou, whose detention has thrown US-China feud into focus, urge judge to throw out extradition requestLawyers for Meng Wanzhou say American prosecutors acted in “bad faith” and abused the Canadian justice system when they pursued the Huawei chief financial officer, in final arguments of the telecoms executive’s closely watched extradition proceedings.In a Vancouver courtroom on Wednesday, Meng’s legal team argued that American prosecutors misled the Canadian justice system in...
Tags: Technology, China, Americas, US, World news, US news, Canada, Asia Pacific, Vancouver, Huawei, US China, Meng, Meng Wanzhou


Belarus sprinter leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna after seeking refuge

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya expected to head to Poland amid fears she would be punished if she returned homeThe Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has left Japan on a Vienna-bound plane after refusing to return to Belarus because she feared she would face punishment for publicly criticising her coaches for their “negligence”.Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland after she said Belarus officials attempted to bundle her on a plane. She requested police protection at Haned...
Tags: Europe, Japan, World news, Austria, Vienna, Asia Pacific, Poland, Belarus, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Haneda, Alexander Lukashenko, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, Tsimanouskaya


Belarus sprinter arrives in Vienna from Tokyo after seeking refuge

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya expected to head to Poland amid fears she would be punished if she went homeThe Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya is “safe” after arriving in Austria from Japan, where she had refused her team’s orders to return to Belarus because she feared she would face punishment for publicly criticising her coaches for their “negligence”.Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland after she said Belarus officials had attempted to bundle her on a plane during ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, World news, Austria, Vienna, Asia Pacific, Poland, Belarus, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Haneda, Alexander Lukashenko, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, Tsimanouskaya


FullStory raises $103M at a $1.8B valuation to combat rage clicks on websites and apps

Even with all the years of work that have been put into improving how screen-based interfaces work, our experiences with websites, mobile apps, and any other interactive service you might use still often come up short: we can’t find what we want, we’re bombarded with exactly what we don’t need, or the flow is just buggy in one way or another. Now, FullStory, one of the startups that’s built a platform to identify when all of the above happens and provide suggestions to publishers for fixing it —...
Tags: Ecommerce, Europe, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Atlanta, Analytics, Asia Pacific, Salesforce, Jetblue, Permira, Klarna, Voigt, Peloton, Digital Experience, Glynn Capital


China shuts down transport routes as it battles worst Covid outbreak in months

Every province has advised residents not to leave as flights are cancelled and Beijing suspends more than a dozen rail linesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChina has dramatically tightened travel restrictions as it seeks to control the country’s worst outbreak in months, with hundreds of Delta variant cases linked to airport employees.The latest outbreak has so far infected more than 400 people in 25 cities, including the capital city Beijing, and in Wuhan for the fir...
Tags: China, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Delta, Wuhan, Coronavirus


Tencent curbs on gaming time will shock markets but please many parents

China’s regulators are on the march again but moves to restrict children’s access may be welcomed by manyChina’s regulators are on the march again, pushing one of the country’s most valuable technology companies, Tencent, into announcing fresh curbs designed to limit the time children spend playing its computer games. The announcement may have led to a collapse in Tencent’s shares, but the measures will be eyed with mild jealousy by many western parents.Minors playing the company’s hit title Hon...
Tags: Business, Games, China, Censorship, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Tencent, Mobile Games, Esports, Chinese Economy, Fighting Games, Fortnite, Action Games, Honor of Kings


Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya leaves Tokyo on flight to Vienna

Athlete is expected to head to Poland later after seeking protection at its embassy amid fears she would be punished if she returned home Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has left Japan on a Vienna-bound plane after she refused to fly home earlier this week. The 24-year-old, who had sought refuge at the Polish embassy in Tokyo, had been expected to take a flight direct to Warsaw but she switched at the last minute, an airport official told reporters. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Japan, World news, Vienna, Asia Pacific, Poland, Belarus, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Warsaw, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya


Fiji’s political turmoil: everything you need to know

An unpopular new law that critics say will remove power from landowners has triggered political and social upheavalFiji has experienced escalating political tensions over the past fortnight, with opposition politicians arrested, extra police deployed across the country and fierce political debate, amid concerns the tensions could lead to civil unrest and violence. Continue reading...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Fiji, Pacific Islands


Belarus sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya due to leave Tokyo for Poland

Flight comes after the athlete refused to board a plane home on Monday and sought protection at Polish embassyBelarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was due to leave Japan for Poland on Wednesday after seeking refuge at the Polish embassy in Tokyo following her refusal to board a plane home.Her refusal to board a flight late on Sunday, after she said she was taken by her team to the airport against her wishes, caused high drama at the Games. She sought protection at the Polish embassy on Mo...
Tags: Europe, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Poland, Belarus, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya


Ardern’s popularity stumbles on New Zealand’s slow road to vaccination

Polls this week suggest the glacial speed of the Covid vaccine rollout is starting to affect Labour’s support, even as PM remains personally popularAn unbeatable leader in times of crisis, New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s soaring popularity has teetered on the country’s slow road to vaccination.This week, polling in New Zealand indicated some of the gloss may be fading from the Ardern government’s second term, which has enjoyed soaringly high popularity over the past year. The poll, c...
Tags: Asia Pacific, Labour, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, TVNZ, Jacinda Ardern, Ardern, Coronavirus, Newshub Reid Research put Labour


Ardern’s apology to Pacific peoples was just the beginning – we will continue the fight | Melani Anae

What was delivered was a watered-down version of what we called for – it will do little to dismantle systemic racismWhen the Polynesian Panthers (PPP) activist group began calling for an apology for the dawn raids two years ago, we went into the process with eyes wide open. Government lobbyists seldom get everything they ask for, but our intent was honest and real and fuelled by our Panther legacy and love for the people.We believe that the apology was, and is, a necessary step towards the heali...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Pacific, PPP, Pacific Islands, Ardern, Melani Anae


Media tactics and strategic baiting: inside the mind of ex-All Blacks coach Steve Hansen

In this extract from a new biography, Gregor Paul tells how the legendary coach prepared for the 2015 World Cup final against the WallabiesIf it were possible to measure confidence on a device with a scale, Hansen’s numbers would have been off the charts in the week of the final. He wasn’t complacent, or arrogant – he simply knew that his side had the measure of the Wallabies in every way.He respected them, knew the dangers they posed and was aware that Australia had emerged through the so-calle...
Tags: Australia, Sport, World news, Asia Pacific, Rugby Union, New Zealand rugby union team, New Zealand, Rugby World Cup 2015, Steve Hansen, Wallabies, All Blacks, Hansen, Eden Park, Springboks, Gregor Paul


China’s Tencent tightens games controls for children after state media attack

Article called online gaming ‘spiritual opium’ in what many fear is latest target of regulatory interferenceTencent, the Chinese tech giant, has announced it will curb the time children spend playing its flagship computer game after its shares were sent into a tailspin by state media attacks againstthe gaming industry for peddling “spiritual opium”.In a social media post, Tencent announced a range of new measures after it said “relevant authorities” had requested greater protection of minors in ...
Tags: Business, Games, Technology, Internet, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Tencent


China’s crackdown on tutoring leaves parents with new problems

Public largely sceptical about effectiveness of move last month aimed at reducing pressure in hyper-competitive education fieldIn 2018, Ms Hu spent a third of her annual income sending her child to summer school in Shanghai. In the following year, the cost went up. Still, she and her partner paid the fees, such is the competitiveness in Chinese children’s education.“My son started to learn English at age five. I feared he would be left behind if we don’t do so,” she said. Continue reading...
Tags: China, World news, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Hu


China’s Tencent tightens controls for children amid games addiction fears

Online gaming was compared to ‘spiritual opium’ and ‘electronic drugs’ in state media articleChina’s Tencent has cracked down on how long children can play its flagship video game, hours after an article in state media described online gaming as “spiritual opium” and compared it to “electronic drugs”, sending its shares sliding.The article in the Economic Information Daily (EID), which is affiliated with China’s biggest state-run news agency Xinhua, called for more restrictions on the industry t...
Tags: Business, Games, Technology, Internet, China, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Tencent, Xinhua


China authorities to test all Wuhan’s 11 million residents amid new Covid cases

Eight cases reported in city where coronavirus first emerged in 2019Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageChinese officials have ordered all 11 million residents of Wuhan to be tested for Covid-19, after new cases emerged in the city for the first time in more than a year.On Tuesday the national health commission reported eight cases in Wuhan, the city where Covid-19 was first detected in late 2019, before spreading around the world. Continue reading...
Tags: China, Asia Pacific, Wuhan, Coronavirus


Macaques at Japan reserve get first alpha female in 70-year history

Yakei took top spot after roughing up Sanchu, the alpha male who had been leader of ‘troop B’ on the island of Kyushu for five yearsIn a rarely seen phenomenon in the simian world, a nine-year-old female known as Yakei has become the boss of a 677-strong troop of Japanese macaque monkeys at a nature reserve on the island of Kyushu in Japan.Yakei’s path to the top began in April when she beat up her own mother to become the alpha female of the troop at the Takasakiyama natural zoological garden i...
Tags: Japan, Animals, World news, Asia Pacific, Kyushu, Oita, Yakei, Sanchu, Japan Yakei, Takasakiyama


New Zealand reserve bank to toughen mortgage-lending rules in bid to tackle housing crisis

Measures include reducing number of loans to borrowers with small deposits and potential debt-to-income restrictionsNew Zealand’s reserve bank has announced plans to tighten up mortgage-lending, as the country struggles to tackle its housing crisis.One measure, which would come into force from 1 October after consultations, will involve reducing the portion of loans banks can make to owner occupiers with less than 20% of their deposit. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand


Discovery Appoints Lee Jeeyoung to Senior Roles in Asia Ahead of Warner Merger (EXCLUSIVE)

Lee Jeeyoung has been appointed by Discovery Inc. to become its senior VP of Asia-Pacific content strategy and GM for both Japan and Korea. She joins from New Regency Productions where she led APAC regional content sales. The appointment comes as Discovery gets ready to merge with the WarnerMedia assets being sold by AT&T in […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Discovery, Asia Pacific, People News, Korea, Gm, Exec Shuffle, Warner, APAC, New Regency Productions, Discovery Inc, WarnerMedia, Lee Jeeyoung


Discovery Appoints Jeeyoung Lee to Senior Roles in Asia Ahead of Warner Merger (EXCLUSIVE)

Jeeyoung Lee has been appointed by Discovery Inc. to become its senior VP of Asia-Pacific content strategy and GM for both Japan and Korea. She joins from New Regency Productions where she led APAC regional content sales. The appointment comes as Discovery gets ready to merge with the WarnerMedia assets being sold by AT&T in […]
Tags: Asia, Japan, News, Global, Discovery, Asia Pacific, People News, Korea, Gm, Exec Shuffle, Warner, APAC, JeeYoung Lee, New Regency Productions, Discovery Inc, WarnerMedia


Covid restrictions and screens linked to myopia in children, study shows

Hong Kong research suggests less time outdoors and more doing ‘near work’ accelerates short-sightednessCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSpending more time indoors and on screens because of Covid restrictions may be linked to an increased rate of short-sightedness in children, researchers say.The study, which looked at two groups of children aged six to eight in Hong Kong, is the latest to suggest that lockdowns and other restrictions may have taken a toll on eyesight: ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Science, China, Society, World news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Children's Health, Coronavirus


Tesla extends 4-day win streak to 13% as solid July sales from Chinese competitors demonstrates strong EV demand

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the groundbreaking ceremony of Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory in Shanghai, East China. Xinhua/ via Getty Images Tesla extended its 4-day win streak to 13% on Monday amid strong EV sales data from its Chinese competitors.The sales results from Nio, XPeng, and Li Auto demonstrated continued demand for EVs from Chinese consumers.Shares of Tesla were up as much as 5% on Monday and traded above the $700 level for the first time since late April.Sign up here for our daily ...
Tags: Elon Musk, China, Trends, Markets, Tesla, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Trading, Stocks, Stock Market, NIO, Matthew Fox, Tesla Stock, Getty Images Tesla, Shanghai Gigafactory


Team GB swimmers come home after most successful Olympics

Brits return from Tokyo with haul of four golds after finishing third in swimming medal tableBritish swimming Olympians have landed back in the UK from Tokyo after returning from their most successful Games.Team GB finished third in the swimming medal table behind the US and Australia. They won eight medals this past week. The squad returned with a haul of four golds, beating the UK’s previous best performance, in the 1908 Games in London. Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, UK, London, Australia, US, Sport, UK News, World news, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Swimming, Olympic Games, Team Gb, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020


Australia trained Indonesian police officer accused of West Papua violence

‘We will chop them up’: an Indonesian police chief implicated in alleged human rights abuses against a group of West Papuan activists was trained by Australian Federal PoliceCharles Sraun was chatting with five friends at a house in Merauke, the easternmost city of the disputed Indonesian territory of West Papua, when police stormed the building.The 39-year-old health worker says he and his friends, all members of a pro-independence organisation called the National Committee for West Papua, were...
Tags: Human Rights, Indonesia, Australia, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, West Papua, West Papuan, Merauke, PoliceCharles Sraun, National Committee for West Papua, Brimob Continue


Belarus athlete who refused to fly home is granted Polish visa

Krystsina Tsimanouskaya filmed arriving at Polish embassy in Tokyo, as husband flees to UkraineThe Belarus Olympic athlete Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has received a humanitarian visa from Poland upon seeking asylum after she was threatened with being bundled back to Minsk over her criticism of Olympic team officials.Poland’s deputy foreign minister, Marcin Przydacz, wrote on Twitter on Monday that the Belarusian sprinter was in direct contact with Polish diplomats and had been granted a humanitaria...
Tags: Europe, Japan, Sport, World news, Asia Pacific, Poland, Belarus, Tokyo, Olympic Games, Minsk, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Krystsina Tsimanouskaya, Marcin Przydacz


Singapore-based Nektar.ai gets $6M to help B2B sales team collaborate more effectively

Nektar.ai founders Aravind Ravi Sulekha and Abhijeet Vijayvergiya Organizing information about prospective deals is a challenging task for B2B sales teams, since salespeople usually rely on multiple tools (email, Zoom, WhatsApp, etc) to talk with buyer committees. It becomes even more unwieldy when sales teams work remotely. Nektar.ai is a B2B sales productivity startup that wants to help sales team by reducing the amount of time they spend on manual data entry and providing analytics that ca...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Japan, Southeast Asia, Singapore, Tech, United States, Asia Pacific, Dell, Nexus Venture Partners, Capital Group, APAC, Tyler Technologies, Nektar, B2B sales


Will Taiwan’s Olympic win over China herald the end of ‘Chinese Taipei’?

Victory in Tokyo has reignited debate over a decades-old compromise with the island’s goliath neighbourIn the hours between Taiwan winning gold and silver in Olympic badminton on the weekend, local courts in Taipei were packed with enthusiastic young players. The nail-biting matches had lit a fire of sporting patriotism – not least because both were against China, Taiwan’s goliath neighbour, which claims Taiwan as a province it must retake.The doubles win by Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin was Taiwan’...
Tags: China, Sport, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Tokyo, Taipei, Olympic Games, China Taiwan, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Lee Yang, Wang Chi lin, Kuo Hsing Chun


Taiwan’s Olympics victory over China renews calls to scrap ‘Chinese Taipei’

Taiwanese president congratulates ‘our country’ – which must compete under a name that exists on no mapIn the hours between Taiwan winning gold and silver in Olympic badminton on the weekend, local courts in Taipei were packed with enthusiastic young players. The nail-biting matches had lit a fire of sporting patriotism – not least because both were against China, Taiwan’s goliath neighbour, which claims Taiwan as a province it must retake.The doubles win by Lee Yang and Wang Chi-lin was Taiwan’...
Tags: China, Sport, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Taipei, Olympic Games, China Taiwan, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Lee Yang, Wang Chi lin, Kuo Hsing Chun