Myanmar junta ‘extremely disappointed’ over leader’s exclusion from ASEAN summit

Brunei said in the statement a non-political figure from Myanmar would be invited to the summit, after no consensus was reached for a political representative to attend. Brunei’s Foreign Minister also said there had been “insufficient progress” on a roadmap to restore peace in Myanmar that the junta had agreed to with ASEAN in April,… Continue reading Myanmar junta ‘extremely disappointed’ over leader’s exclusion from ASEAN summit

Merck Covid pill: Asian countries are rushing to buy molnupiravir but poor countries could miss out

Experts say while the pill looks promising, they worry some people will use it as an alternative to vaccines, which still offer the best protection. And they caution that Asia’s race to stock up on the pill could see a repeat of the vaccine grab last year, when wealthier countries were accused of hoarding doses… Continue reading Merck Covid pill: Asian countries are rushing to buy molnupiravir but poor countries could miss out

Bali earthquake kills at least 3 people on Indonesian island

The earthquake damaged buildings in Karangasem and Bangli regencies on the east of the island, the Bali Province Regional Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) said in a statement Saturday. Rescue efforts are continuing in Karangasem where people remain trapped in the ruins of a building. Seven people are seriously injured, and one person is dead. Two… Continue reading Bali earthquake kills at least 3 people on Indonesian island

China isn’t about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

Beijing has cast waves of aggression toward the island ever since the former Nationalist government fled there at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason for alarm. Beijing is piling military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan to achieve its longterm goal of “One China” —… Continue reading China isn’t about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

At least 16 killed as explosion rocks mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

The doctor, who preferred to remain unnamed for security reasons, is at the Mirwais hospital where victims from the blast are being treated. The spokesman for the Taliban-run Ministry of Interior, Qari Saeed Khosty, also confirmed the explosion on Twitter and said that a number of people were killed and other injured. Last week, at… Continue reading At least 16 killed as explosion rocks mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

‘We believe nature has a soul:’ CNN Hero’s offer of rice inspired people in Bali to collect nearly 500 tons of plastic for recycling

More than half of Bali’s economic revenue stems from tourism, employing hundreds of thousands of Balinese people in the industry. Many moved back to their home villages. And with more people returning to the villages, more trash piled up. With so many people out of work, they were also going hungry. “I said to myself,… Continue reading ‘We believe nature has a soul:’ CNN Hero’s offer of rice inspired people in Bali to collect nearly 500 tons of plastic for recycling

China-Taiwan tensions are raising fears of a conflict. In Taipei, however, people don’t seem worried

But at a park in the Taiwanese capital on Thursday, the topic of conversation was about anything but the potential for conflict between Beijing and the island it considers part of its territory. Huang and Chang, both grandmothers in their 80s, said they had spent the morning with friends chatting about snacks, tea and whether… Continue reading China-Taiwan tensions are raising fears of a conflict. In Taipei, however, people don’t seem worried

Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan flights due to Taliban ‘heavy-handedness’

The airline said conditions had worsened since the Taliban formed a new Afghan government last month and that “PIA and its staff position in Kabul were dealt with very heavy-handedly by the new [Taliban] commanders.” PIA said commanders had been “changing regulations and flight permissions at the last moments or deciding at a whim rather… Continue reading Pakistani airline suspends Afghanistan flights due to Taliban ‘heavy-handedness’

Taiwan fire: At least 46 killed after blaze engulfs Kaohsiung residential building

The blaze started in the 13-story commercial and residential building at 2:54 a.m. local time (2:54 p.m. ET) in Kaohsiung city’s Yancheng district, according to Taiwan’s official Central News Agency (CNA). Rescue operations are still underway, with more than 377 rescue workers deployed to the scene, a spokesman at the Kaohsiung city fire bureau told… Continue reading Taiwan fire: At least 46 killed after blaze engulfs Kaohsiung residential building

Child suicides in Japan are at a record high

Japan recorded 415 suicides among schoolchildren aged 6 to 18 during the 2020 school year — the highest number since records began in 1974. A range of factors were behind the suicides, including family problems, bad school results, relationships with other children and illness, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported. The reason behind more than half… Continue reading Child suicides in Japan are at a record high