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Three members of the Australian athletics team remain in isolation after close contact with American pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, who has tested positive for Covid-19.
Sun Dawu has in the past been vocal in criticising authorities and has spoken out about human rights.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's comments came after Taliban envoys went on a visit to China.
Six state capitals have seen record prices for the third quarter in a row, the survey said.
It is building a site that will have extra capacity to store and launch missiles, scientists say.
The New Delhi rendezvous was is being read as a message to China and others.
Aid groups use the markers to locate homes in desperate need of food and medical supplies.
Discussions will focus on stability and security in the South China Sea, where China is encroaching on territorial waters and maritime resources claimed by Vietnam and the Philippines.
The discovery comes weeks after villagers found more than a dozen corpses scattered in a nearby forest.
Pyongyang likely wants something from Seoul after reopening links that it unilaterally froze, experts say.
New Delhi's Central Vista used to be a favourite spot with residents of the Indian capital. But the large public space, close to the president's house and heritage buildings, is being remodelled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government. The €2 billion construction caused uproar when it was deemed an "essential service" at a time when Indians were dying by the thousands from Covid-19. The move reopened debate around heritage conservation and public spaces in India’s ancient capital. Our correspondents report.
The Afghan government faces an “existential crisis” after the Taliban doubled their attacks following the February 2020 US deal with the insurgents, a watchdog report said Thursday.
A Chinese court sentenced agricultural tycoon Sun Dawu to 18 years in jail on Wednesday for a catalogue of crimes including “provoking trouble” after the outspoken billionaire and grassroots rights supporter was tried in secret.
French President Emmanuel Macron said Tuesday that Paris owed “a debt” to French Polynesia over nuclear tests conducted in the South Pacific territory between 1966 and 1996, but stopped short of apologising.
South and North Korea have restored hotlines that were severed last year and the two countries' leaders have agreed to rebuild trust and improve ties, the South's presidential Blue House said on Tuesday.
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Between a LOT of swimming and quite a few other sports I took a peek at the BMX, which really looked a lot of fun (if you are more proficient on a bike than I). Australians Saya Sakakibara and Lauren Reynolds are through to the semi-finals.
It was a turbulent opening day, with Lauren Reynolds also qualifying for Friday’s semis but Anthony Dean crashing early and then finishing last overall in his quarter-final heat to drop out of contention.
Kendricks won the world title in 2017 and 2019 and Olympic bronze in Rio 2016. His battle with world record holder Mondo Duplantis of Sweden was expected to have been one of the highlights of the athletics program, which begins on Friday.
His father and coach posted the news to Instagram before it was confirmed by officials, though appears to have taken the post down.
Breaking news: Sam Kendricks’ dad/coach is reporting that Sam has tested positive for COVID and will not be able to compete in the #Olympics pic.twitter.com/YSDJMFUEA6 Continue reading...
Special rapporteur urges security council to call for ceasefire amid fears Covid will spread across wider regionCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage
Myanmar is at risk of becoming a super-spreader Covid state that fuels outbreaks across the region, the UN special rapporteur for the country has warned as he urged the security council to call for a ceasefire.
The south-east Asian country is facing its most severe outbreak yet, on top of a deep political and economic crisis brought about by the military coup in February. Its vaccination programme has ground to a standstill, testing has collapsed, and government hospitals are barely functioning. Continue reading...
Days after PM’s overthrow fears grow that Kais Saied will undo democratic gains achieved by Arab spring
Tunisia’s president has launched a purge of senior officials, including prosecutors and judges, and taken on judicial powers, days after overthrowing the prime minister and imposing emergency law.
Kais Saied’s crackdown has dragged the country deeper into uncertainty days after its elected parliament was suspended for a month in a shock move that brought a decade of faltering democracy to a sudden halt. Continue reading...
Olympic champion withdrew from two events at OlympicsAmerican has spoken of importance of mental health
Simone Biles has expressed her thanks for the support she has received since withdrawing from two gymnastics events at the Tokyo Olympics.
“[T]he outpouring love & support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” she wrote on Twitter on Thursday. Continue reading...
Study citing ‘perilous state’ of industrial civilisation ranks temperate islands top for resilience
New Zealand, Iceland, the UK, Tasmania and Ireland are the places best suited to survive a global collapse of society, according to a study.
The researchers said human civilisation was “in a perilous state” due to the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society that had developed and the environmental damage this had caused. Continue reading...
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A lawyer for the first person convicted under Hong Kong’s national security law has asked for no more than 10 years in prison
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has paid tribute to China’s war dead at a Pyongyang memorial and vowed to maintain firm ties with Beijing, as he seeks to bolster relations with his country’s main ally amid deepening hardships linked to the pandemic
A prominent Chinese pig farmer who was detained after praising lawyers during a crackdown on legal activists by President Xi Jinping’s government has been sentenced to 18 years in prison on charges of organizing an attack on officials and other offenses
President Emmanuel Macron has reasserted France’s presence in the Pacific on a visit to French Polynesia aimed in part at countering growing Chinese dominance in the region
China's foreign minister has met with a delegation of high-level Taliban officials as their ties warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan
But any resumption of stalled negotiations to rid the North of its nuclear weapons is still a long way off
UNESCO's decision to delay the listing of the reef as endangered has pleased Canberra but upset environmentalists
But the tone appeared somewhat less contentious than at their last meeting
And they're already inspiring a new generation of skaters.
Tunisia’s economy has been struggling for years, and the country recently reimposed lockdowns and other virus restrictions because it’s facing one of Africa’s worst virus outbreaks
Japan faces its most serious situation since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the country’s top medical adviser warned on Thursday, urging the government to send a “clearer, stronger message” about growing risks, including to the medical system.Olympic host city Tokyo recorded 3,177 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, hitting a daily record high for a second straight day as a spike in infections puts pressure on hospitals. Nationwide new infections topped 9,500 for the first time, media reported…
Hong Kong’s launch of walk-in coronavirus vaccinations for residents aged 70 or above attracted queues early on Thursday despite a hot weather warning.Many of the dozens seen waiting in line at two vaccination centres said they were taking advantage of the new appointment-free system because they did not know how to book online, previously the only way to secure a slot under the government’s jabs drive.About 40 older people were queuing at the inoculation centre in Prince Edward’s Boundary…
As the Delta variant sweeps through Indonesia, causing a record 2,069 deaths on Tuesday, regions outside the worst-hit areas of Jakarta, surrounding Java island and tourist hotspot Bali are now reporting worrying coronavirus spikes.The province of East Kalimantan alone had reported more than 111,000 infections and over 3,000 deaths as of Wednesday, with surges reported elsewhere in Indonesian Borneo – the island the country shares with Malaysia and Brunei – as well as other regions such as…
Astronomers recently saw something they’d never seen before while peering at a black hole some 800 million light-years away: X-ray light emissions coming from directly behind the black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy.The findings were reported in a new study published Wednesday in the British journal Nature.“Any light that goes into that black hole doesn’t come out, so we shouldn’t be able to see anything that’s behind the black hole,” study lead author Dan Wilkins of Stanford University…
A geologist in Canada may have discovered fossils of ancient sponges dating back 890 million years, making the potential discovery between 330 and 350 million years older than the oldest undisputed sponge fossils.The fossilised structures found in rock samples potentially show sponges that existed in underwater reefs millions of years ago. The findings may represent the oldest animal fossils ever discovered, Laurentian University professor Elizabeth Turner described in an article published…
Illinois seeks Ben & Jerry's divestment over Israel stance
U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday is expected to announce that about two million civilian federal workers will need to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or face testing, social distancing, mask requirements and limits on travel, according to a source familiar with the matter.
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WELLINGTON: New Zealand's health regulator Medsafe has granted provisional approval for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine for individuals 18 years of age and older, acting minister for COVID-19 response, Dr Ayesha Verrall, said on Thursday (Jul 29).
New Zealand secured 7.6 million doses of the ...
WASHINGTON: China's new ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, on Wednesday (Jul 28) wished the US victory against COVID-19 and said great potential awaited bilateral relations, striking an optimistic tone as he arrived at his new post amid deeply strained ties.
Qin's arrival comes days after ...
He stands down next year, but will be no lame duck waddling quietly off
Corruption helps spread covid-19
The Delta variant combined with a low vaccination rate is causing trouble
Supporters at home and abroad are wary of throwing their full weight behind them
Their country’s diversity is becoming harder to ignore
The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor may be unable to fight for workers' rights, but it is well-placed to help them amid the COVID-19 crisis.
Insights from David Yoffie.
The obvious path out of South Korea’s demographic crisis is encouraging more immigrants and women to join the workforce. What’s standing in the way?
The story of Karampot illustrates how local politics around mining can ultimately result not in resistance but, rather, participation in the economy of resource extraction.
How did Taiwan suppress this wave, even as Australia, Vietnam, and Singapore are struggling with an uptick of the virus?
Creative destruction runs wild in the food business
Little likelihood of reversal
The nation needs to avoid becoming a lockdown loser
Call for greater US involvement in post-war process
Smelter plant workers arrive amid pandemic with no permit