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China pushes emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine despite concerns

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China pushes emergency use of COVID-19 vaccine despite concerns

After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. “When I was driving …

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Seoul suggests joint probe with Pyongyang over shooting of South Korean official

South Korea urged North Korea on Saturday to further investigate the fatal shooting of a South Korean fisheries official and suggested it could be an unprecedented joint probe by the …

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Taiwan’s armed forces strain in undeclared war of attrition with China

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen visited a low-key but critical maintenance base for fighter jet engines on Saturday, offering encouragement as the Chinese-claimed island’s armed forces strain in the face of …

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Australia PM on not sharing vaccine: History will be 'severe judge'

ASIA PACIFIC / POLITICSSEP 26, 2020

Australia PM on not sharing vaccine: History will be ‘severe judge’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday insisted that any nation that develops a COVID-19 vaccine share it universally, warning that history will be a “severe judge” if not. Morrison made the strongly worded appeal at the United Nations as the United States, a historic …

China says WHO gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use program

ASIA PACIFIC / SCIENCE & HEALTHSEP 26, 2020

China says WHO gave blessing for coronavirus vaccine emergency use program

The World Health Organization supported China’s campaign to vaccinate certain people against coronavirus in July while clinical trials were still under way, a Chinese health official said Friday, although some experts have expressed concern about the move. China launched its emergency program in July, having …

Kim says sorry for killing of South Korean over coronavirus fears

ASIA PACIFICSEP 25, 2020

Kim says sorry for killing of South Korean over coronavirus fears

The rare message came as Moon faced intense political fallout over the incident, which coincided with a renewed push for policy to engage Pyongyang.

Young women take a front-line role in Thailand’s protests

ASIA PACIFIC / POLITICSSEP 25, 2020

Young women take a front-line role in Thailand’s protests

BY HANNAH BEECH AND MUKTITA SUHARTONO

In addition to political reform, the demonstrations have addressed concerns including abortion, taxes on menstrual products and school rules that force girls to conform to an outdated version of femininity.

Thai parliament stalls constitution decision, angering protesters

ASIA PACIFIC / POLITICSSEP 25, 2020

Thai parliament stalls constitution decision, angering protesters

Thai lawmakers Thursday failed to reach an agreement on a pathway to amend the constitution, further angering anti-government demonstrators calling for more democracy and reform of the monarchy. The parliament overwhelmingly backed a proposal to set up a panel to study various plans to amend …

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 illegal assembly

ASIA PACIFIC / CRIME & LEGALSEP 25, 2020

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong arrested for 2019 illegal assembly

Hong Kong police arrested prominent democracy activist Joshua Wong on Thursday for participating in an unauthorised assembly in October 2019 and violating the city’s anti-mask law, according to a post on his official Twitter account. Wong’s latest arrest adds to several unlawful assembly charges or …

A Hong Kong protester's farewell note and failed escape

ASIA PACIFIC / CRIME & LEGALSEP 25, 2020

A Hong Kong protester’s farewell note and failed escape

Wong Wai-yin’s wife feared the worst after reading his short farewell letter. “I am sorry and thanks for accompanying me throughout the years,” the hand-written note found on a desk at their home read. “I’m sorry that I can’t walk with you anymore. … Please …

China accuses foreign correspondents of meddling in Hong Kong

ASIA PACIFICSEP 24, 2020

China accuses foreign correspondents of meddling in Hong Kong

Beijing warned Hong Kong’s foreign correspondents to stop interfering in the city’s affairs under the guise of press freedom, piling further pressure on media organizations in the financial hub. “We urge FCC Hong Kong to observe national and local laws and regulations, stop provoking trouble …

North Korean troops killed missing South Korean official then burned body, Seoul says

ASIA PACIFICSEP 24, 2020

North Korean troops killed missing South Korean official then burned body, Seoul says

According to media reports, the 47-year-old man had been attempting to defect to the North at sea from a fisheries patrol boat.

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Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte speaks in a recorded message played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.

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Philippines’ Duterte gets tough on China in shift back toward U.S.

BY PHILIP J. HEIJMANS

After years of shifting the Philippines closer to China, President Rodrigo Duterte appears to be leaning back toward the U.S. The 75-year-old leader on Tuesday gave his most forceful defense yet of a 2016 arbitration ruling in favor of the Philippines that said Beijing’s expansive territorial …

U.S. military planes are parked on the tarmac of Andersen Air Force base on the island of Guam, a U.S. Pacific Territory, on Aug. 15, 2017.

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