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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

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

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

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

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

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%

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

Over 200 dead bats found in the Indian state of Bihar, swab samples of the bats to be sent to the Animal Health and Production for testing, the bats have been buried and the incident area sanitized

China's army chief in Hong Kong says his soldiers are confident and capable to smash any activities that would damage the national unity, in an expression of support of new national security law

South Korean cafe hires talking robot barista to help with social distancing, the system needs no human input from order to delivery, can make 60 different types of coffee and serves the drinks to customers at their seats

Thousands protesting in Hong Kong against China’s plan to directly impose national security laws on city in biggest protests since Covid-19 lockdowns began, police fires tear gas and pepper spray to disperse crowds

China plans setting up mainland intelligence agency bases in Hong Kong to impose national security laws, raising fears it could mean the end of the "one country, two systems" agreement under which Britain returned Hong Kong to China in 1997

Airbus 320 with 99 on board crashes into residential area of Pakistani city of Karachi, at least one passenger survives, the Pakistan International Airlines pilot told air traffic controllers prior to the accident the plane had lost engine power

Japan military launches unit for operations related to outer space, first mission is to track space debris which might pose threat to satellite, small team in Tokyo is expected to grow steadily and receive additional tasks

China reinstates lockdowns after new outbreak of covid-19, 108 million inhabitants in Jilin province affected, tens of thousands under quarantine

New Zealand population grows to 5 million, last million added over 17 years in half due to positive birth rate, in half due to migration

Chinese state media claims Hong Kong schools have become lawless after question on Diploma of Secondary Education test asks students to argue whether Japan had done more good than harm to China during period between 1900 and 1945, says schools promote heresies and have failed to decolonise

China-backed Hong Kong journalist claims Kim Jong-un is dead while Japanese Shukan Gendai alleges he is in a coma, statements about health emerged after delegation of Chinese doctors dispatched to North Korea, but satellite photos show his private train visited holiday home this week

Indonesia sentences six Papuan secession activists to 8–9 months for treason for organising a peaceful protest outside the presidential palace demanding a vote to let the province separate, Amnesty International says the conviction violates their rights to freedom of expression and assembly and adds that there are 51 other Papuan activists being held for peacefully expressing their views

South Korea reports 91 recovered Covid-19 patients testing positive again, health officials say virus may have been reactivated rather than patients being re-infected and that it remains unclear what is behind trend

North Korea launches its eighth and ninth short-range missiles this month on Sunday, flying 230 kilometres into the sea, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff reports, calling it inappropriate at a time the world fights the Covid-19 pandemic

North Korea fires what appears to be two short-range ballistic missiles for 410 km into the Sea of Japan outside the waters of Japan's exclusive economic zone, according to South Korea's military, North Korea launched multiple missiles as part of firing drills earlier this month

30-year-old Japanese Satoshi Uematsu sentenced to hang for knifing to death 19 disabled people and injuring 24 other residents and two caregivers at a Sagamihara residential center in 2016, has repeatedly stated that he has no regrets as he has improved the world by killing people he view as burdens

Japan outlines road map for military technology including hypersonic cruise missiles, armor-piercing warheads for penetrating aircraft carriers, satellite network for continuous positioning and methods for identifying stealthy naval targets

100,000 Chinese ducks mobilized to fight locust in Pakistan, each bird can eat 200 locusts per day and agricultural experts hope they will prevent further spread of swarms to China

At least 20 killed and 189 injured after clashes between Hindus and Muslims in New Delhi over new citizenship law, critics say the new law is biased against Muslims and undermines the secular constitution, at least two mosques set on fire

20,000 Chinese wildlife farms shut down in the wake of the Covid-19 breakout, peacocks, pangolins, civet cats and sika deer among included species, government agencies promoted wildlife farming as an easy income source up until a few weeks ago

Public restrooms upgraded in Japan ahead of Olympic Games, 40% had squat toilets when preparations began in 2016 but since then more than 300 have been refurbished and equipped with sitting models, process similar to that which proceeded 1964 Olympics when 80% of Tokyo lacked sewage system

Outbreak of Covid-19 in South Korea centered in city of Daegu, after more than 200 confirmed cases schools are shuttered and people asked to avoid mass gatherings, prime minister Chung Se-kyun declares health emergency

At least 14 dead and more than 300 people affected after suspected gas leak causes soybean dust overexposure in Karachi according to preliminary report, similar accident occured in Spain two years ago

Robbers armed with knifes steals 600 rolls of tiolet paper från Hong Kong supermarket, incident supposedly related to stockpiling in fear of Covid-19, the stolen goods were found nearby and two suspects have been arrested

Japanese economy contracts by annualized 6,3% from October to December, follows tax hike which has decreased consumption and unusually warm winter which has hurt sales of winter items

Taiwan scrambles F-16 jets for second day in a row to intercept Chinese jets having crossed the Taiwan Strait mid-line – no immediate comment from China on Monday's incident but China's Taiwan Affairs Office says Taiwan's ruling DPP party has been increasing cross-strait confrontation, intensifying Taiwan-US collusion and using the opportunity seeking independence, warns it "not to play with fire"

At least eight dead, dozens injured and about 45 buildings destroyed after clashes between ethnic Kazakhs and Muslims in Masanchi village in south-east Kazakhstan, 47 people arrested – President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says the area is controlled by the police and national guard and that those spreading hate speech, provocative rumours or disinformation are to be prosecuted, incident sparked by "everyday confrontation" according to Information Minister Dauren Abayev

At least 21 dead and 31 wounded in mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima, east Thailand, the shooter, the 32 year old soldier Sgt Maj Jakrapanth Thomma kills his commander Col Anantharot Krasae with whom he had a conflict and an elderly woman on the Surathampithak military camp, then he steals a Humvee, weapons and ammunition and travels to the Terminal 21 shopping mall where he kills several civilians and takes 16 hostages on the fourth floor, his mother is brought in the hopes she could persuade him to surrender

Rodrigo Duterte ends military cooperation agreement with US after Philippine politician has visa cancelled after accusations of involvement in extrajudicial killings

Chinese whistleblower and eye doctor Li Wenliang dies having been infected with 2019-nCov, leading to huge public outrage as Wenliang had attempted to warn fellow medics in december after having found seven cases of Sars like virus, was met with police investigations of the spreading of false rumours, Weibo messeges and hashtags relating to the incident subject to censorship

Myanmar reimposes Internet shutdown for duration of three months in five townships in the conflict torn Rakhine and Chin states amid security and counter-insurgency concerns

Pakistan declares national emergency over locust swarms in country's eastern areas, National Food Security Minister Makhdoom Khusro Bak­h­tiar says armed forces as well as aviation division and voluntary organizations will be put into operation to save crops, first serious locust threat in area since 1993

Beijing drugstore fined USD 434,530 for selling masks at six times the online rate, sold a box of 3M N95 masks for USD 123, the regulator has investigated 31 price violation cases since Thursday and also punishes hoarding and fabricating price hike information

Pakistan suspends release of award-winning film Zindagi Tamasha (Circus of Life) after Islamist political party TLP calls the movie blasphemous, the movie is about a cleric shunned after video of him dancing at a wedding goes viral, release delayed until the film censor board that previously cleared the film consults with the Islamic Ideological Council advisory body

Six killed as sinkhole swallows bus in Qinghai province capital of Xining – several sinkholes reported in China in recent years, often blamed on poor construction works and rapid development

10,000 Australian camels to be shot using helicopters, the drought has pushed them closer to the cities, threatening local water supplies and infrastructure, the species was brought to the country in the 1800s to aid in exploration and the wild population is estimated to be the world's largest

China replaces head of its Hong Kong Liaison Office Wang Zhimin with 65-year-old Luo Huining, Wang had held the post since 2017, the Liaison Office serves as Beijing's platform for influence in the city and has come in for criticism for misjudging the situation

Traditional attire en vogue in China once more, ornate han-Chinese robes and traditional hairstyles inspire 2 million new 'hanfu' devotees

Survey of 5000 participants finds that 80% of South Koreans aged 19 to 34 view their country as 'a hell' and that 75% would emigrate if given the opportunity, survey also gauges self-perception, finding that 30% of young women and 34% of young men view themselves as 'losers'

Hong Kong police arrest dozen protesters in shopping mall near border with mainland China, protesters marched through a mall in Sheung Shui chanting Go back to China, traders buy duty-free goods in Hong Kong and sell them on the mainland

Shipwreck containing five corpses and two human heads washed ashore on Japan's Sado Island, the vessel had Korean lettering painted on its side and is belived to hail from North Korea, corpses were partially skeletonised