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China plans manned lunar mission by 2030 and announces it has reached the lunar landing phase of the project, three taikonauts will on Tuesday in another project be sent to its fully operational space base along with its first ever civilian in space

Pakistan's former president Imran Khan is calling for national protests after he was arrested last week, detained and then released after the country's Supreme Court declared his detention illegal, at least nine people have been killed in recent unrest and rioting

The Philippines places navigational buoys in its exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea to assert sovereignty over the disputed Spratly Islands, China has in recent years advanced its positions in the area and Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has sought closer relations with the United States, China's embassy has yet to comment

Japanese traditional festival where babies dress up in sumo suits and compete to see who screams first takes place again after pandemic break, children are held up by parents in a sumo ring and people wearing demon masks try to scare them, organizer Shigemi Fuji says in Japan it is believed that babies who cries vigorously also grows up healthy

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio escaped unhurt after explosive device detonated shortly before he was to give a speech outside as part of the election rally, 24-year-old suspect arrested on the spot, in May the G-7 summit will be held in Hiroshima

Alibaba founder Jack Ma was spotted in China visiting a school in Hangzhou after being believed to have been out of the country since 2021 as authorities tightened controls on his company over his criticism of the country's regulators and banking sector

Pakistan's Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif calls on all ministries and government offices to cut spending by 15 percent and asks his ministers and advisers to forgo salary, allowances, luxury cars, foreign and business-class travel as the government looking to receive a $1 billion IMF loan,

The indigenous Khasi tradition of archery lives on in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya through betting called tim, whose name derives from the English team, and events are held every day in the state capital Shillong except Sundays and public holidays, in one form of the archery

Thai professors pay themselves into research articles through companies such as Science Publisher Company who offers that service and to be accredited in an article related to agricultural research, for example, costs between USD 800 and 1 000, some professors have published 100 articles in a

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen renews threat to seize properties belonging to people who accuse him and the ruling party of stealing last year's local elections where his party secured 80% of the contested seats, Sen who has ruled the country since 1985 comments that the choice is between

Visitors to Thailand again must show proof of at least two Covid-19 vaccinations and those travelling onward from Thailand to a country requiring a negative PCR test result must provide proof of insurance, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul says the measures are necessary and must be

North Korea closes borders to entry from China after the recent outbreak of covid-19 after China eases restrictions, all travelers that just arrived must undergo 30-day quarantine

China stops reporting daily confirmed covid-19 cases according to a statement from the country's National Health Commission, which it has done since January 21, 2020, no reasons for the change are given but testing is no longer mandatory since the country eased restrictions earlier in

South Korea scraps the two traditional methods of calculating age and the standardized international way is introduced on official documents after a decision in parliament, this may mean that some people's age is written down by two years as one of the traditional ways means being born as a

Citizens of Indonesia face 10 years in prison for associating with Marxist-Leninist organizations and four years for spreading communism after parliament unanimously votes through a package of laws, also includes ban against sex outside of marriage for both citizens and foreigners and outlaws

Thai police raid 50 crypto miners due to theft of electricity, the cyber crime department under the operation codenamed Electric shock investigated 40 buildings in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, each building used electricity for 300 to 2,000 baht per month when the real cost was 500,000 bah

China's former leader Jiang Zemin dies aged 96, was president for a decade until 2003 and ruled the Communist Party for 13 years

All four monks at Buddhist temple in Phetchabun in Thailand test positive for methamphetamine, are being sent to clinic for rehabilitation, new monks will be sent to the temple to allow villagers to practice their religious duties

Videos show hundreds of protesting workers at the world's largest iPhone factory in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou appearing to be confronted by riot police and people in protective suits, company Foxconn says some workers had doubts about pay but that the firm would fulfil pay based on contracts

South Korea and the United States are extending their joint air exercise as North Korea fired more than 30 missiles this week, in a show of military might two American B-1B bombers flew over South Korea, North Korea's foreign ministry says the countries have created instability in the region and that the sustained provocation will be followed by sustained countermeasures

Korea's police chief Yoon Hee-keun bows his head during press conference on the deadly disaster in Seoul and says he feels a great responsibility for the people who must be in great shock, apologies also came from the interior minister, the mayor of Seoul, who said he feels an infinite responsibility, and from the head of Yongsan district who has been criticized for deleting his social media accounts after the accident

Journalist killed after being hit by convoy of Pakistan's former prime minister Imran Khan en route to Islamabad to pressure government to call new elections, march suspended for the day due to the accident

78 people dead and several injured as a recently renovated 100-year-old suspension bridge in the Indian state of Gujarat collapses, officials say the bridge could not bear the weight of the people standing on it, committee formed to probe the incident

At least 146 dead after stampede during Halloween festivities in Seoul as a large crowd pushed forward on a narrow street, around 100,000 people is reported to having headed to Itaewon for the festivities which were the biggest in years following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in recent months

Chinese archaeologist Shi Xingbang dies aged 99, key figure in Terracotta Army excavations and best known for the 1953 discovery of the 6,000-year-old village of Banpo, the first Neolithic settlement ever found in the country, devoted his life to the profession except during the ban during the Cultural Revolution 1966 to 1977, became a member of the Communist Party in 1984

Eight dead after two explosions in the high-security prison Insein in Burma, the largest prison in the country with 10,000 inmates, the former British ambassador Vicky Bowman among them since she is serving a one-year prison sentence because she gave the wrong address, unrest in the country since the former prime minister and peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was deposed and arrested in a military coup in February 2021

Xi Jinping wants peaceful reunification with Taiwan but does not rule out violence and will take all necessary measures to counter any separatist moves, condemns foreign interference and says it is up to the Chinese people to decide, delivers nearly two-hour speech to Communist Party Congress

Malaysia's two-time prime minister, 97-year-old Mahathir bin Mohamad, is running for re-election next month, his last government fell in 2020 and he then started a new party, warning that a win by the ruling UMNO party could lead to the pardoning of jailed ex-prime minister Najib Tun Razak

Five teenagers in Hong Kong are sentenced to detention in a correctional facility for sedition against the Chinese regime, the first such case involving minors since China in 2020 introduced the law that simplified the prosecution of protesters, the convicts were members of the group Returning Valiant which advocates independence

South Korean ballistic missile fails during test and crashes inside air force base near Gangneung, exercise was intended as response to North Korea's latest missile launches and conducted in cooperation with United States

For the first time since 2017 North Korea fires a ballistic missile over Japanese territory, the fifth shooting this week, lands in Pacific Ocean far from shore, inhabitans in the North of Japan wakes up to sirens and text messages with call to take shelter

Indian government bans the Muslim organization the Popular Front of India (PFI) accusing it of funding terrorist activities, providing armed training to its supporters and radicalizing people for anti-India activities, rising tensions between Muslims and and Hindus lately, the government states that PFI operated openly as a normal organization but they have been pursuing a secret agenda to radicalize a particular section of the society

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles in fourth launch in a week after joint military drills by South Korea, Japan and the US and Seoul visit by U.S Vice President Kamala Harris

China has 110 overseas police service stations around the globe to monitor its citizens living abroad according to a report by the human rights NGO Safeguard Defenders, Stockholm is being listed

India makes moves to bring semiconductor chips manufacturing to the country, currently has no fabrication plants but investor consortium ISMC Digital plans to build a USD 3 billion manufacturing facility together with Israeli company Tower Semiconductor and Taiwanese firm Foxconn together with Indian mining company Vedanta are to build a USD 19.5 billion chipmaking facility in the country

Mongolia's former President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj asks Buryats, Tuvans and Kalmyks to flee to Mongolia to avoid forced conscription, says they will be met with open arms and hearts, urges Putin not to fight with Ukrainian brothers and sisters

Millions of people in Japan are urged to evacuate their homes since the typhoon Nanmadol strikes the south coast of the country, over 200 000 homes without power

24 Kyrgyz citizens killed and 87 wounded after intense battles on the disputed border between Kyrgyzstan and its central Asian neighbour Tajikistan, more than 136,000 civilians evacuated from the conflict zone, ceasefire and troop pullback agreed between the countries

Solomon Islands suspends all US navy ships from entering its ports, the statement follows a US Coast Guard vessel being blocked from refuelling in Honiara

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe both agree to resign after thousands of demonstrators stormed the president's residence and set the prime minister's private residence on fire, the country is in a crippling economic crisis with a severe shortage of fuel, food and medicine

Former Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo dead after being shot while giving a speech in Nara during Friday morning, former navy member, Yamagami Tetsuya, arrested and his home-made double-barrelled shotgun seized

Authorities in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh demolish homes of people accused of involvement in last week's riots triggered by by two ruling BJP party figures' perceived derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad, opposition leaders say state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government is pursuing unconstitutional tactics to silence protesters

Myanmar junta troops accused of torching hundreds of buildings during three-day raid against the People's Defense Force in the northern Sagaing region, junta chief Min Aung Hlaing says efforts were made to minimise the casualties when performing the counterattacks to terror acts and that the country is now in tranquility

Sri Lanka's prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe warns of food shortage as last year's decision to ban all chemical fertilisers drastically cut crop yields despite the ban then being reversed, promises to obtain enough fertilizer for the next planting season, 29.8% inflation in the country in April with food prices up 46.6% year-on-year

World's second-biggest wheat producer India bans wheat exports after scorching heatwave and record local prices, was prior to the ban targeting to ship out a record 10 million tonnes this year, the country's inflation on an eight-year high in April due to rising food and energy prices

27 dead and over 500,000 people with fever symptoms in North Korea, the country imposed nationwide lockdowns on Thursday after confirming its first Covid-19 infections, experts voice concern as North Korea has so far shunned vaccination offers, Kim Jong-un says they will be following the Chinese model of virus prevention

Japan accepted 74 refugees in 2021, highest number since it began recognizing refugees in 1982, Myanmar with 32 refugees constituted the largest group ahead of China's 18

Taiwan's air force scrambles fighter planes on Thursday to warn away eight Chinese J-16 fighters and one Y-8 reconnaissance aircraft flying over an area to the northeast of the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands

Police in Wellington play songs such as Baby Shark, You're Beautiful and Let it Go hoping to disperse the anti-restriction demonstration outside the parliament that has been ongoing since Tuesday, protesters respond by embracing the music and dancing along

Record 88.5% of Japanese "feel friendly" towards US, up 4.5 percentage points from last years survey, 79.0% say they "do not feel friendly" toward China and 62.4% feel that way regarding South Korea, according to survey with 3,000 queried adults

Samsung pulls Singapore drag queen ad after backlash, the ad for wearable tech showed a hijab-wearing woman hugging her drag queen son, activist group We are Against Pinkdot labels the ad an unfortunate attempt to push the LGBT ideology into a largely conservative Muslim community, Samsung comments that they acknowledge they have fallen short

Uigur Gulbahar Haitiwaji releases book about her three years as Number 9 in a Chinese re-education camp where she was tricked to accept a sterilisation jab presented as vaccine and subjected to 11 hours of daily education under military rules, was working as an oil engineer in France but went back to China after a phone call asking her to sign documents to receive her pension

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defends ordered cullings of some 2,000 hamsters and other small mammals after some hamsters were tested positive for Covid-19, says she understands that pet owners are unhappy but that the biggest public interest is to control the pandemic

Twitter suspends more than 300 accounts and hashtags promoting Philippines presidential election candidate Ferdinand Marcos Jr, says rules on spam and manipulation were violated and that human review as well as technology was used in the deciding process, the 64-year-old veteran politician who is the son of late leader Ferdinand Marcos has emerged as the lead candidate ahead of the May vote

Japan's embassy in Seoul returns President Moon Jae-in's Lunar New Year gift as the gift's box resembles the contested Liancourt Rocks, South Korea has been in effective control of the islets since 1945 but Japan has repeatedly claimed sovereignty

Tonga covered in ash and cut off from communication after massive explosion triggered 7.4-magnitude underwater volcanic eruption and sent huge tsunami waves crashing into homes and buildings, in explosion volcano capable of producing roughly every thousand years, death toll unknown

First babies born from world's first HIV positive sperm bank, the bank launched in New Zealand in 2019 in an effort to reduce the HIV stigma

Rodrigo Duterte withdraws bid to become a senator the same day his preferred successor Senator Christopher Bong Go quit the presidential race after poor opinion poll numbers, withdrawal believed aimed to transfer his support base to his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio and Ferdinand Marcos to secure a victory

North Korea bans leather coats to stop craze copying Kim Jong-un's signature look, police calls it an impure trend to challenge the authority of the Highest Dignity, follows decision to ban mullets and skinny jeans for representing Western decadence

Yahoo pulls out of China and shuts down all remaining business, cites increasingly challenging business and legal environment, the move is largely symbolic as key Yahoo services has already been blocked by Beijing

Knife-wielding man setting a fire aboard a Tokyo train injures at least 17 people, 24-year-old man dressed as The Joker arrested

Uttar Pradesh police arrest five people of which three Kashmir engineering students for celebrating the Pakistan cricket team's victory over India, comment that anti-national elements used disrespectful words against the Indian cricket team and made anti-India comments which disrupted peace

North Korea starts breeding black swans on an industrial scale to overcome chronic food shortages, follows Kim Jong Un speech telling the citizens to expect to eat less food until the country re-opens its borders with China in 2025

Islam will no longer be the state religion of Bangladesh as the government has decided to revert to its 1972 Constitution, two constitutional amendments during successive military regimes between 1978 and 1990 instituted Islam as the state religion, Bangladesh is battling a spurt of Islamist violence after a picture on social media showed the Holy Quran at the feet of Hindu God Hanuman at a Durga Puja pandal in Comilla town

Teresa Van Lieshout is arrested for allegedly ordering fake police badges as part of preparations to overthrow the Australian government, she is part of a group which discussed forming an alternative federal police force to arrest politicians and public servants

Russian authorities blame Azerbaijan for violating the ceasefire agreement that was signed last November to end the war, clashes have continued between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces despite the ceasefire

Hong Kong lawmakers object to government facilitation of the organisation of Gay Games Hong Kong, Junius Ho does not want officials involved leaving it up to the civil society's business to arrange them because he does not want to earn what he considers dirty money, local LGBT+ activist and Director of the Hong Kong Pride Parade Wylie Yeo slammed the lawmakers’ comments calling them homophobic garbage

Indian hospitals report more than 8,000 cases of Mucorales fungal infection which is primarily spread among covid-19 patients, spread is increased by steroid treatment which counters lung inflammation but increases blood sugar levels

Khemia HI Vibe Frequency hair salon owner Yazmina Jade Adler is refusing customers who have received a Covid-19 vaccine, she cites unknown health effects of the mRNA vaccine not being covered by the public liability insurance and the 1000s of reported side effects this shot has shown so far as reasons, in Queensland, it is not illegal to discriminate against someone for medical reasons

Residents of Norfolk Island are calling for a return to self-rule to save their culture, in 1979 it became Australia’s first non-mainland territory to be granted limited self-rule, in 2009 its chief minister agreed to surrender the island’s self-governing status to Australia for a bailout and in 2015 Canberra ultimately abolished the Legislative Assembly and appointed its own administrator while introducing property taxes and a social security system

China sends twelve fighter aircrafts into Taiwan’s air defence zone on Wedenesday in stepped-up show of force around the island, Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu says they will fight a war if needed and defend themselves to the very last day

At least 114 people killed by Myanmar military junta on Saturday in crackdowns on the protests across the country, with children among the dead, the junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing says the military will protect the people and strive for democracy

Suspected suicide bombing wounding fourteen people outside Catholic church in the Indonesian city of Makassar on Palm Sunday, with the congregation inside the church at the time the two suspects blew themselves up

All ethnic armed organizations will be removed from Myanmar's list of terrorist groups, says committee representing Myanmar's elected lawmakers who are presently unseated by military coup, arrests and charges against organizations fighting for national equity and self-determination to be declared illegitimate

Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera said the burqa is a sign of religious extremism that came about recently and the islamic schools were flouting national education policy

A Beijing divorce court has ordered a man to compensate his wife with 50 000 yuan for the housework she did during their marriage, the ruling was made according to the new civil code in the country, which came into effect this year, the presiding judge said housework constitutes intangible property value

Aung San Suu Kyi to appear in court on Wednesday over charges of illegally importing six walkie-talkie radios, brought against her by the new Myanmar military junta, according to her lawyer

More than 100 people injured after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck northeastern Japan late Saturday night, causing blackouts, water cuts and bullet train suspensions, with Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures worst hit

Tibetan activist Tashi Wangchuk released after five years in Chinese prison, according to tweet by his Chinese lawyer, Wangchuk was arrested in 2016 after giving an interview about his work protecting Tibetan language and culture, was tortured and suffered degrading treatment during the early days of his detention

China is building border walls with Vietnam and Myanmar to curb the smuggling of goods, drugs and people, China is also accused of trying to keep people in as Vietnam is increasingly becoming an attractive destination for Chinese workers as manufacturing companies originally based in China relocate to Vietnam

Eleven gold miners rescued in mostly good physical condition after being trapped underground for 14 days following an explosion in the Hushan mine in the Chinese city Qixia, while one colleague is dead and ten others are still unaccounted for

Hundreds march in support of Donald Trump in Japan carrying American flags, alongside Japanese rising sun flags and South Korean national flags chanting anti-Chinese Communist Party and anti-media slogans, groups of Trump supporters have been popping up regularly in Japan since his election loss in November last year

South Korea’s population declines for the first time since the resident registration system was introduced in 1962, total registered Korean population in 2020 stood at 51.82 million, the number of newborns fell to 275,815 in 2020, the lowest level ever

Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says in pre-recorded radio interview that agnatic primogeniture should remain, will be the governments default position in upcoming talks about how to secure stable imperial succession

China is backing away from its initial financial promises to Pakistan under the Belt and Road Initiative, lending from China has declined from a peak of $75 billion in 2016 to just $4 billion last year, of 122 announced China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects only 32 have been completed as of the third quarter of 2020 amid corruption and security concerns

Demonstrations calling for the restoration of the monarchy and a Hindu state are set to ratchet up in Nepal led by the right-wing Rastriya Prajatantra Party, royalist groups and pro-monarchy citizens, the ruling Nepal Communist Party has become unpopular lately because it is embroiled in infighting and corruption and has failed to control the pandemic

Algerian-born convicted terrorist prisoner Abdul Nacer Benbrika has Australian citizenship cancelled making him the first individual to have lost citizenship onshore

North Korean gymnast defects to South Korea by vaulting the three-metre fence seperating the countries, South Korean officials were so taken aback by his feat that they asked him to demonstrate twice how he was able to accomplish it

Malaysia detains 60 Chinese nationals and six Chinese-registered fishing vessels for trespassing into the Southeast Asian country’s waters, Malaysia has reported 89 intrusions by Chinese coastguard and navy ships between 2016 and 2019

A majority of voters in New Caledonia voted against full sovereignty and independence, 53.3% of the voters who participated in the referendum on Sunday have chosen to maintain ties with France

The Azerbaijani military launches a cross-border artillery attack on Artsakh along the entire length of the line of contact, settlements including the capital city of Stepanakert are also under bombardment, Artsakh leadership promises to respond proportionally

Found offers a range of coffees, biscuits, beer and fruit juices that contain cannabidiol at a new cafe in Hong Kong, cannabinoids in foods are legal as long as there is no tetrahydrocannabinol compound in them, Hong Kong is one of Asia's most progressive cannabinoid markets

Singapore makes incoming travellers wear electronic monitoring device to ensure they comply with Covid-19 quarantines, similar to wristbands used in Hong Kong and South Korea, travellers will be allowed to isolate at home rather than at state-appointed facility

Russia is holding military exercises amid clashes between its ally Azerbaijan and Armenian forces, more than a dozen Armenian and Azeri soldiers have been killed in recent days, the countries at odds over Azerbaijan’s breakaway, mainly ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh

Taiwan officials in Hong Kong told they must sign document supporting Beijing's claim to Taiwan under its one-China policy before their visas are renewed, after Taipei opened an office to help people who want to leave Hong Kong due to the new security law imposed

Hong Kong police fire water cannon and tear gas and arrest more than 300 people as thousands of protesters gathered downtown in first protest under new security legislation introduced by China on Tuesday

Three Indian soldiers die after Indian and Chinese troops fight each other with metal rods and stones for a couple of hours at their disputed border in the Galwan Valley, the first deaths since the last major border clash in 1967

29% rise in Asiatic lion population in Indian state of Gujarat last five years, the lion population has doubled to 674 lions since 2001 while its footprints have expanded 400%

Pangolin scales removed from official 2020 Chinese listing of ingredients approved for use in traditional Chinese medicine, the move follows the country's State Forestry and Grassland Administration's decision to raise the protected status of pangolins to the highest level

Covid-19 may have hit China as early as late summer 2019 satellite images showing dramatic spikes in traffic around major hospitals in Wuhan and elevated searches on Chinese internet for symptoms associated Covid-19 suggests, according to Harvard Medical School study