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'Let’s do karaoke!': Bangkok nightlife eases out of lockdown

The city’s bars, clubs and even massage parlours are beginning to buzz again but the absence of tourists is taking its tollCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageA mix of K-pop, sweet Thai love ballads and 90s music reverberates along the corridor of one of Bangkok’s popular karaoke spots. In private rooms, parties of friends strike poses and bellow into microphones.After three months of silence, Thailand’s nightlife was allowed to reopen on 1 July – provided venues follow g...
Tags: World news, Poverty, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Sex trade, Bangkok, Coronavirus outbreak, Planisara Suksit


Why do Muslim states stay silent over China’s abuse of the Uighurs? | Nick Cohen

Nations that claim to be defenders of the faith offer no protest to the concentration campsWhen China imposed trade sanctions on Norway in 2010 for honouring the imprisoned dissident Liu Xiaobo with the Nobel peace prize, it spat out a word we weren’t used to hearing from propagandists for an atheist communist regime, but should get used to today. “It’s a blasphemy,” a party mouthpiece said.Once, blasphemy was damning the faithful’s gods and sacred books. Now, criticism of the world’s largest di...
Tags: Books, China, Religion, World news, Iran, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Islam, United Nations, Norway, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Xinjiang, Liu Xiaobo, Nick Cohen, Salman Rushdie, Uighurs


Record rainfall triggers floods and landslides in Japan – video

Record heavy rain in western Japan has caused widespread flooding and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation orders for more than 76,000 residents. Television footage shows homes and vehicles in Kumamoto prefecture partly submerged, and several bridges have been washed awayJapan floods: nursing home residents feared deadAt least two people die as record heavy rain lashes Japan Continue reading...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Kumamoto


Japan floods: nursing home residents feared dead

Fourteen victims found in cardio-respiratory arrest in western region after record rainfall Fourteen people were feared dead at a nursing home in western Japan as record rainfall triggered floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for more than 200,000 residents.The victims were found in cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at the facility for elderly people. It was flooded after a nearby river broke its banks, governor Ikuo Kabashima from the Kumamoto region tol...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Natural disasters and extreme weather, Kumamoto, Ikuo Kabashima


Japanese floods leave fourteen feared dead at nursing home

Victims were found in cardio-respiratory arrest in western region after record rainfall Fourteen people were feared dead at a nursing home in western Japan as record rainfall triggered floods and landslides, forcing authorities to issue evacuation advisories for more than 200,000 residents.The victims were found in cardio-respiratory arrest on Saturday at the facility for elderly people. It was flooded after a nearby river broke its banks, governor Ikuo Kabashima from the Kumamoto region told re...
Tags: Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Kumamoto, Ikuo Kabashima


'Hidden language': Hongkongers get creative against security law

Residents use wordplay including repurposed Chinese Communist party dogma to express frustration Hongkongers are finding creative ways to voice dissent after Beijing blanketed the city in a new security law and police began arresting people displaying now forbidden political slogans.Faced with the sudden threat of prosecution for anything that might promote greater autonomy or independence for the restless city, residents are using wordplay and even subverting Chinese Communist party dogma to ex...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Chinese Communist


Hongkongers on China's crackdown: 'I feel helpless and hopeless'

Guardian readers in or from Hong Kong share their views on the new national security lawIn late May, a week after Chinese officials announced a plan to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong, the Guardian issued a callout to people who believed they would be affected. We wanted to hear how people felt about the law, how it might change their lives, and how they felt about the last year of protests.The response was overwhelming. Within days we had received more than 30,000 messages ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Guardian


Timor-Leste: court upholds Australian government refusal to release documents on Indonesia's invasion

Exclusive: ruling says releasing cables and cabinet documents could damage Australia’s securityDecades-old documents relating to Australia’s involvement in the Indonesian invasion of Timor-Leste will remain secret after a court upheld the Australian government’s refusal to release them.It took the administrative appeals tribunal more than two years to rule on the case, finding that releasing the documents “could reasonably be expected to cause damage to the security or international relations of...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia, Oil, Australia news, Oil and gas companies, Energy industry, Gas, Asia Pacific, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Timor Leste, Witness K case, Australian foreign policy


Queenstown: a tourist town with no tourists, fights despair among stranded workers

Droves of travellers drawn to the southern alps resort to work in restaurants and hotels face hardship amid Covid-19 border closuresCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTwo months after the end of lockdown and the resort hub of Queenstown is slowly showing signs of life. It’s lunchtime at the mall and while many shops and restaurants remain closed, some have begun to trade again, catering to locals and a trickle of domestic travellers.Those braving the winter cold at outdo...
Tags: Travel, Business, Science, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, New Zealand, Queenstown, Gundogan, Coronavirus outbreak, Luan Passarin, Duygu Gundogan


Hong Kong activist Nathan Law: 'I don't know when I'll go back'

The pro-democracy politician is continuing the fight from abroad and says the international front is keyThree years ago, Nathan Law was jailed for several months over his role in pro-democracy “umbrella movement” protests in Hong Kong. But even in prison, he never imagined he would consider fleeing his home.China’s decision to bring in a sweeping national security law that has criminalised many forms of peaceful protest in Hong Kong and carries penalties of up to life in prison changed that over...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Nathan Law


Hong Kong journalists and lawyers scramble to adapt to security law

Accounts deleted and social media erased as members of both professions question – in private – how to operateJournalists and lawyers in Hong Kong are scrambling to adapt as Chinese authorities set up the apparatus to enforce a controversial national security law, including appointing a hardline party official to head a new security agency.Zheng Yanxiong, who is best known for tackling protests on the mainland, is to run the office established under the law that empowers mainland security agents...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Media, Law, China, World news, Newspapers, Asia Pacific, Press freedom, Zheng Yanxiong


China's stock market closes at highest level in five years

Caixin/Markit PMI continues to recover from February trough when coronavirus lockdown was most severe Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage China’s stock market has closed at its highest level in five years after the latest data from the world’s second biggest economy showed the service sector expanding at its fastest pace in a decade.Shares in Shanghai were boosted by news that the Caixin/Markit purchasing managers’ index had continued to recover from the trough reached i...
Tags: Business, China, World news, Stock Markets, Asia Pacific, Shanghai, Caixin Markit, Coronavirus outbreak, Caixin Markit PMI


'Our pastures have been taken': Indians rue China's Himalayan land grab

Exclusive: image obtained by Guardian shows substantial Chinese military structures erected despite agreements to disengageNamgyal Durbuk knows the steep mountainous terrain of Ladakh like the back of his hand. But in the 45 years he has lived here, along the Indian state’s volatile and poorly defined border with neighbouring China, he has watched Indian land disappear before his eyes.“The Indian government is lying that there is no land capture by China,” said Durbuk, a former councillor. “Our ...
Tags: China, India, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, Ladakh, Durbuk


Hong Kong activists planning 'parliament in exile' after China brings in security law

Campaigner Simon Cheng, granted asylum in UK, says shadow parliament would send ‘clear signal’ to BeijingHong Kong pro-democracy activists are discussing a plan to create an unofficial parliament-in-exile to preserve democracy and send a message to China that freedom cannot be crushed, campaigner Simon Cheng has said.Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to Chinese rule in 1997, was convulsed by months of often violent, pro-democracy and anti-China demonstrations last year, resisting ...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Protest, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Boris Johnson, Tiananmen Square protests 1989, Tiananmen Square, Simon Cheng, BeijingHong Kong


Delay pregnancy for two years: Papua New Guinea doctor delivers coronavirus warning

Fears over Covid-19 have seen pregnant women turned away from hospitals, leading to the death of at least one baby, as national army barracks go into lockdownA leading Papua New Guinean obstetrician has advised women in that country not to fall pregnant for up to two years, saying fears of Covid-19 transmission have seen pregnant women turned away from hospitals, resulting in the death of at least one baby.The warning comes as Papua New Guinea’s military headquarters remains in lockdown after a ...
Tags: Health, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Papua New Guinea, Maternal health, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus outbreak


Global report: WHO official says no large hidden toll in Africa

African Union says tourism revenues down $55bn; Indonesia reports biggest daily increase in casesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe World Health Organization has said it does not believe African countries are harbouring a significant number of unrecorded coronavirus infections, though it said there may be underestimates in some places.Africa has reported 416,063 confirmed coronavirus cases and 10,297 deaths, according to a Reuters tally based on government statistics...
Tags: Indonesia, India, Africa, World news, Asia Pacific, South and Central Asia, World Health Organization, Union, Reuters, Coronavirus outbreak


US government seeks to seize $7m Warhol artworks linked to 1MDB scandal

Department of Justice says art and Paris flat linked to accused Malaysian fund fraud mastermind Jho LowThe US Department of Justice has asked an American court to allow it to seize artwork including two Warhol paintings and a Basquiat drawing, as well as an apartment in Paris and millions of dollars held in Swiss bank accounts, as it continues to pursue assets allegedly linked to the multi-billion-dollar looting of Malaysian sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.In documents filed with the US district cour...
Tags: California, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Malaysia, Paris, Department Of Justice, Doj, US Department of Justice, 1MDB, Jho Low Continue


'Liberate Hong Kong' slogan banned as protesters lay low

City government declares slogan ‘subversive’ and says anyone using it risks prosecutionHong Kong on Thursday banned the most resonant slogan of its protest movement as those who had taken to the streets over the past year appeared to be laying low the day after the introduction of sweeping draconian national security laws prompted demonstrations, violence, and mass arrests.A statement from the city government declared that “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” had separatist connotations ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, China, World news, Asia Pacific, prosecutionHong Kong


'Liberate Hong Kong' slogan banned as protesters lie low

City government declares slogan ‘subversive’ and says anyone using it risks prosecutionHong Kong on Thursday banned the most resonant slogan of its protest movement as those who had taken to the streets over the past year appeared to be laying low the day after the introduction of sweeping draconian national security laws prompted demonstrations, violence, and mass arrests.A statement from the city government declared that “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” had separatist connotations ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, China, World news, Asia Pacific, prosecutionHong Kong


Britain's citizenship offer to Hong Kong: how China could respond

China said UK will ‘bear all consequences’, raising possibility of retaliationChina has responded angrily to a UK promise to offer nearly 3 million residents of Hong Kong with British national overseas status (BNO), the right to settle in the UK.China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian, said Britain would “bear all consequences”, and China’s ambassador to the UK later said that Beijing “reserve[d] the right to take corresponding measures”. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Xi Jinping, UK China, Dominic Raab, BNO, Zhao Lijian


$10bn of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste, says UN

A fast growing mountain of toxic e-waste is polluting the planet and damaging health, says new reportAt least $10bn (£7.9bn) worth of gold, platinum and other precious metals are dumped every year in the growing mountain of electronic waste that is polluting the planet, according to a new UN report.A record 54m tonnes of “e-waste” was generated worldwide in 2019, up 21% in five years, the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor report found. The 2019 figure is equivalent to 7.3kg for every man, woman and ch...
Tags: Gadgets, Business, Technology, Africa, Environment, Americas, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Asia Pacific, Pollution, United Nations, Global development, Un, Waste


New Global Legal Tech Report Charts State of Legal Tech Across Asia-Pacific Region

In April I reported on the release by the Global Legal Tech Report of its report on Australia, the first in a planned series of regional reports on legal tech worldwide, which will culminate in a global report in November. Now, the GLTR has released reports covering Asia and New Zealand. When considered alongside the Australia report, they provide an overview of the state of legal tech across the Asia-Pacific region. Taken together, the GLTR’s reports on Asia, Australia and New Zealand show that...
Tags: Asia, Law, Australia, Africa, Uncategorized, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Asia Pacific region, Asia Australia, Central America South America, Europe North, Gltr, Asia 22


Hong Kong protesters laying low following mass arrests

More than 370 people arrested as result of demonstrations against China’s new powersProtesters appear to be laying low in Hong Kong the day after the introduction of sweeping draconian national security laws prompted demonstrations, violence, and mass arrests.More than 370 people were arrested on Wednesday, including 10 under the new laws imposed directly by Beijing and without the involvement of Hong Kong’s semi autonomous legislature. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, Protest, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific


Hong Kong: China threatens retaliation against UK for offer to Hongkongers

Beijing says Britain will ‘bear all consequences’ of helping fleeing Hongkongers China has said it will take countermeasures against the UK should it grant residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law, promising that the UK would “bear all consequences”.On Thursday, senior Chinese officials said the UK had no right to give residency to Hongkongers in response to Beijing forcing a sweeping anti-sedition law on the territory. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Dominic Raab


China threatens retaliation against UK for Hong Kong offer

Beijing says Britain will ‘bear all consequences’ of helping fleeing Hongkongers China has said it will take countermeasures against the UK should it grant residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law, promising that the UK would “bear all consequences”.On Thursday, senior Chinese officials said the UK had no right to give residency to Hongkongers in response to Beijing forcing a sweeping anti-sedition law on the territory. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Dominic Raab


Hong Kong football fan briefly detained 'after shouting long live Liverpool'

Police reportedly interrogated lifelong fan who said he ‘felt an urge’ to voice his joy at club winning Premier League titleHong Kong media say police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool FC shirt who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion he was inciting independence.More than 370 people have been arrested in Hong Kong protests, including at least 10 for offences under the newly enacted national security laws which came into effect late on Tu...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Asia Pacific, Premier League, Liverpool, Liverpool Fc, Kong


China sanctions approved by US House as Pelosi calls Hong Kong security law 'horrific'

Bill could go before Donald Trump as early as Thursday, amid calls for a strong action against China over Hong Kong crackdownThe US House of Representatives on Wednesday joined the Senate in approving a bill to rebuke China over its crackdown in Hong Kong by imposing sanctions on groups that undermine the city’s autonomy or restrict its freedoms.The bill targets police units that have cracked down on Hong Kong protesters, as well as Chinese Communist party officials responsible for imposing a s...
Tags: Hong Kong, Senate, China, US, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, House Of Representatives, Bill, Donald Trump, Pelosi, US House


China vows to stop UK granting Hongkongers residency

Chinese ambassador says UK offer breaches international law, after UK foreign secretary admits it cannot force Beijing to let citizens leaveChina has said the UK has no right to grant residency to Hongkongers fleeing a harsh new national security law, and vowed to take “corresponding measures” to stop such a move.The comments, from the Chinese embassy in the UK, come after prime minister Boris Johnson pledged to honour a promise to offer nearly 3 million residents of the former British colony, t...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab, BNO


New Zealand unveils plans to tackle trade in bones of extinct moa birds

Crackdown on illegal excavation and smuggling amid fears that scientific and historic heritage is being lostNew Zealand’s conservation minister has released plans to tackle the lucrative trade in the bones of the extinct giant flightless moa bird amid fears that millions of years of science is disappearing as entire skeletons are broken up and sold over the internet or smuggled overseas.Palaeontologists have been lobbying the government for years to crack down on the trade, with fossils illegall...
Tags: Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Fossils, Extinct wildlife


China may block Hongkongers from moving to UK, admits Dominic Raab

Foreign secretary says Britain can do little to ‘coercively force’ China to let citizens leaveBritain could do little to “coercively force” China if it tries to block Hongkongers from coming to the UK to take up a government visa pledge, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has admitted.Boris Johnson has said he will honour a promise to offer nearly 3 million residents of the former British colony the right to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship after Beijing imposed a controve...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, China, UK News, World news, Beijing, Britain, Asia Pacific, Boris Johnson, Dominic Raab