With eye on China’s zero-Covid chaos, Taiwan seizes chance to open up

With eye on China's zero-Covid chaos, Taiwan seizes chance to open up

The tables at his diner in the Taiwanese capital are buzzing with customers, waiters bustle with dishes of squid soup and rice noodles, and talk and laughter fills the air. Chen considers himself lucky. Taiwan is allowing restaurants like his to remain open despite a wave of Covid infections — hitting more than 60,000 cases … Read more

UAE President and pro-West modernize Khalifa dies

UAE President and pro-West modernize Khalifa dies

Khalifa has rarely been seen in public since 2014 Death not expected to change domestic, foreign policy De facto ruler MBZ expected to be chosen president Biden lauds Khalifa as a true partner of US ABU DHABI, May 13 (Reuters) – United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a pro-Western moderniser who … Read more

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

Israeli police beat mourners at funeral of slain Palestinian journalist

JERUSALEM, May 13 (Reuters) – Israeli police officers charged at Palestinian mourners carrying the coffin of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on Friday, before thousands led her casket through Jerusalem’s Old City in an outpouring of grievance and anger over her killing. Packed around Abu Akleh’s coffin, dozens of Palestinians, some waving Palestinian flags … Read more

Kids later than sooner. South Korean women freeze eggs as child-rearing costs surge

Kids later than sooner.  South Korean women freeze eggs as child-rearing costs surge

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – In South Korea, fewer women are having children and those who do are in no rush. The sky-high costs of housing and education make financial security a must. Social mores also dictates the need to be married. Lim Eun-young, a 34-year-old public servant, says she is not ready to start … Read more

Australia says Chinese spy ship’s presence off west coast ‘concerning’

Australia says Chinese spy ship's presence off west coast 'concerning'

SYDNEY, May 13 (Reuters) – A Chinese intelligence ship was tracked off Australia’s west coast within 50 nautical miles of a sensitive defense facility, Australia said on Friday, raising concern amid an election campaign about China’s assertive behavior in the region. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the Chinese navy vessel was not in Australian territorial … Read more

North Korea announces first Covid deaths amid ‘explosive’ outbreak

North Korea announces first Covid deaths amid 'explosive' outbreak

On Thursday, North Korea reported 18,000 new “fever cases” and six deaths, one of which tested positive for the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron, state media KCNA reported on Friday. North Korea has not confirmed that all “fever” cases and deaths are Covid-19, likely due to its limited testing capability. “A fever whose cause couldn’t be … Read more

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM of crisis-hit Sri Lanka | Politics News

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as PM of crisis-hit Sri Lanka |  Politics News

Five-time former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been reappointed for a sixth time in an effort to bring stability to his country amid a political and economic crisis that has engulfed the island nation. Wickremesinghe, 73, took his oath before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at a ceremony in the president’s office on Thursday. “A … Read more

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sickened with fever

North Korea reports first COVID-19 death after 350,000 sickened with fever

SEOUL, May 13 (Reuters) – At least one person confirmed to have COVID-19 has died in North Korea and millions of thousands have shown fever symptoms, state media said on Friday, offering hints at the potentially dire scale of country’s first confirmed outbreak of the pandemic. About 187,800 people are being treated in isolation after … Read more

At mercy of zealous residential committees, Shanghai’s locked-down vent frustration

At mercy of zealous residential committees, Shanghai's locked-down vent frustration

SHANGHAI, May 12 (Reuters) – Last week, Elizabeth Liu and her husband were excited about the prospect of leaving their Shanghai residential compound for the first time in over a month. All but one building in the compound had just been reclassified as low risk after 14 days of no COVID cases. “My husband put … Read more

Sri Lankan president to appoint new PM, cabinet this week | Politics News

Sri Lankan president to appoint new PM, cabinet this week |  Politics News

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said he will appoint a new prime minister and cabinet this week, after his elder brother and former PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned following deadly violence in the country. The new prime minister and cabinet will command a majority in the 225-seat parliament, Rajapaksa said, adding he will bring constitutional … Read more