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 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

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in “gravest emergency”

N.Korea reports first COVID-19 outbreak, orders lockdown in "gravest emergency"

North Korea declares ‘gravest national emergency’ Potential for ‘unprecedented crisis’ for Kim Jong Un – expert Isolated state has declined int’l offer of vaccine No North Korean civilians are believed vaccinated SEOUL, May 12 (Reuters) – North Korea confirmed its first COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday, calling it the “gravest national emergency” and ordering a national … Read more

Chinese jet aborts takeoff, catches fire, causing minor injuries from evacuation

Chinese jet aborts takeoff, catches fire, causing minor injuries from evacuation

Rescue workers are seen at the site where an Airbus A319 plane of Tibet Airlines caught fire after an aborted takeoff, at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport in Chongqing, China May 12, 2022. cnsphoto via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register BEIJING, May 12 (Reuters) – China’s Tibet Airlines said all passengers … Read more

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Al Jazeera journalist killed during Israeli raid in West Bank

Deadly shooting occurred during Israeli raid Israel says troops exchanged fire with Palestinians Journalist’s wounded colleague blames Israel for death Israel says Palestinian gunmen likely shot her JENIN, West Bank, May 11 (Reuters) – A prominent Palestinian-American Al Jazeera reporter was shot dead during an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, with … Read more

Hong Kong police bail Catholic cardinal arrested on national security charge

Hong Kong police bail Catholic cardinal arrested on national security charge

HONG KONG, May 11 (Reuters) – Cardinal Joseph Zen, one of the most senior Catholic clerics in Asia, and three others who helped run a now-disbanded Hong Kong fund for protesters were arrested on charges of “collusion with foreign forces” , and later released on lease. Zen, a 90-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong, was … Read more

Dropping zero-COVID policy in China without safeguards risks 1.5m lives – study

Dropping zero-COVID policy in China without safeguards risks 1.5m lives - study

A delivery worker standing on a scooter looks over barriers in a closed residential area during lockdown, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Shanghai, China, May 9, 2022. REUTERS/Aly Song Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Safeguards include boosting vaccinations, access to care ‘Zero-COVID’ stance vital to beating virus -China advisers … Read more