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Asia

Will exhaust all means to protect pandemic-hit medical system: Japan PM Suga
Asia

Will exhaust all means to protect pandemic-hit medical system: Japan PM Suga

  • Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Monday his government will take all possible measures to protect the country’s medical system, as hospitals creak under the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Suga this month issued a state of emergency for Tokyo and three surrounding prefectures in a bid to stem a resurgence of infections.
Published 18 Jan, 2021 04:10pm
North Korean defector numbers plunge amid pandemic
Asia

North Korean defector numbers plunge amid pandemic

  • "It looks like the number of (North Korean) people entering the South decreased due to the effects of North Korean-Chinese border control and restrictions of movement from third countries due to Covid-19," Seoul's unification ministry said in a statement.
Published 20 Jan, 2021 09:40am
Pirate attacks surge
Asia

Pirate attacks surge

KUALA LUMPUR: Pirate attacks on ships worldwide jumped 20 percent last year driven by a record spate of kidnappings...
Updated 18 Jan, 2021 11:13am
Progress stalls in Afghan peace talks as sides await Biden
Asia

Progress stalls in Afghan peace talks as sides await Biden

  • After a month-long break, some negotiators from both sides have yet to return to Doha, the Qatari capital that has served as venue for negotiations between the Afghan government and the insurgents to end decades of war.
  • In an agreement reached last year, Trump, who had long promised to end America’s longest war, signed the United States up to a full withdrawal in coming months.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 06:54pm
Wary of Biden tack on Iran, Israel revisits military
Asia

Wary of Biden tack on Iran, Israel revisits military

  • President-elect Joe Biden wants to rejoin the deal if Tehran - which denies seeking the bomb - returns to strict compliance.
  • Israel has long had plans in place to counter Iran. The article appeared designed to signal that these were now being updated.
Published 14 Jan, 2021 05:40pm