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Delhi’s hospitals ‘at edge of being overwhelmed’ as coronavirus cases continue to soar

Living in a country like India where there is such a stark divide between those who can afford private healthcare and those who cannot, Lakhjeet Singh’s family believed they had the means to access the best treatment during the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

India becomes world's third highest country for coronavirus cases as hospitals 'turn patients away'

India now has the world’s third-highest tally of coronavirus cases, overtaking Russia as its total jumped to more than 697,000. The health ministry reported more than 23,000 new cases on Monday, down slightly from a record increase of almost 25,000 the day before but continuing a trend of adding at least 20,000 cases a day since Thursday. → Read More

China vows to retaliate if Britain extends Hong Kong citizenship plan

China has threatened to take “corresponding measures” if the UK pushes ahead with a plan to offer millions of Hong Kong citizens a path to settlement in Britain. Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that a new national security law imposed upon Hong Kong by Beijing was a “clear and serious breach” of the handover agreement through which the city was returned to China after 150 → Read More

US House passes China sanctions in response to 'brutal and sweeping' Hong Kong crackdown

The US House of Representatives has unanimously approved a bill that imposes sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the new national security law for Hong Kong. The bill will punish any banks that do business with a list of senior Chinese officials involved in Hong Kong affairs, and also targets police units in Hong Kong that have clashed with protesters over the past 13 → Read More

Why pro-democracy activists are so terrified by Hong Kong’s new security law

Activists have for the last month been saying China’s new national security law is the end of Hong Kong as we know it. On Wednesday, having finally seen the full text of the new legislation, one opposition politician in the city said they were holding a “funeral” for the city’s autonomy. → Read More

Hong Kong police make first arrest under new security law as thousands protest on handover anniversary

Hong Kong police fired water cannon and pepper spray at protesters marking the anniversary of the city’s handover to China on Wednesday, as the first arrest was made under a controversial new national security law. The new law, which critics say will undermine the right to protest and end the city’s judicial autonomy, was signed into law by Chinese president Xi Jinping and → Read More

Hong Kong: China passes 'sweeping and ill-defined' national security law

China has passed a controversial new national security law that increases its powers and police presence in Hong Kong. The legislation, which represents the biggest shift in Hong Kong’s autonomous status since the city was returned to China by Britain, was approved unanimously at a meeting of the Chinese parliament’s Standing Committee on Tuesday, according to local media. → Read More

Korean War 70th anniversary: How did it start, what happened and how is it being marked today?

North and South Korea are today marking the 70th anniversary of the conflict that famously never ended; the Korean War began on 25 June 1950 and stopped, with only an armistice, in 1953. In the South, veterans of the war were due to meet for a low-key commemoration that was expected to feature video messages from US president Donald Trump and other world leaders. → Read More

Indian billionaire guru told to stop promoting herbal 'cure' for coronavirus

One of India’s best-known yoga gurus has been told to stop advertising a new herbal product that he claims can cure Covid-19. Baba Ramdev, founder and head of the major traditional medicine manufacturer Patanjali, held a grand event on Tuesday unveiling a tablet called “Coronil” which, he claimed, had cured 100 per cent of coronavirus patients within seven days. → Read More

Mizoram earthquake: Indian PM Modi offers 'all possible support' after 5.5-magnitude quake hits northeast

An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck the state of Mizoram in northeastern India on Monday morning, the country's seismology centre said, with shaking also felt in neighbouring Bangladesh and Myanmar. India's prime minister Narendra Modi said he had spoken to the state's chief minister and assured him of "all possible support from the [central government]". More follows → Read More

India-China standoff: Modi vows 'fitting reply' to deaths of 20 Indian soldiers in Himalayan fistfight

India’s prime minister Narendra Modi broke his silence on the death of 20 Indian soldiers in a clash with Chinese troops at the border on Monday night, vowing that their deaths “will not be in vain”. Speaking on national television, Mr Modi said that India “wants peace, but when provoked will give a fitting reply regardless of the situation”. → Read More

India-China standoff: 20 Indian soldiers killed in first deadly border clash in decades

India says 20 of its soldiers, including a senior army officer, have been killed in a “violent face-off” at the border with China. There was no confirmation of deaths among the Chinese forces, but an official Indian army statement said there had been “casualties on both sides”. The incident occurred on Monday night in the Galwan valley of Kashmir, where the two countries have → Read More

Karm Gilespie: China insists death sentence for Australian actor not linked to diplomatic row

The Chinese government has defended the death sentence handed down to an Australian citizen, saying the verdict has “nothing to do with” the two countries’ ongoing diplomatic row. Karm Gilespie, a former actor, was arrested in southern China in 2013 and accused of attempting to board an international flight out of Guangzhou airport with 7.5kg of methamphetamine in his check-in → Read More

‘It was easy to get swept up in it all’: Two years after Singapore, how hopes faded for Trump’s approach to North Korea

Two years ago today, on 12 June 2018, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un met in Singapore for the first ever summit between a serving US president and a leader of North Korea. → Read More

South Korea could see second wave of coronavirus as Seoul infection rate leaps to highest level in 12 weeks

South Korea is struggling to contain a spike in new coronavirus cases in Seoul, with the outbreak in the capital now spreading faster than at any point during the pandemic so far. The country reported 50 new cases on Wednesday, of which 40 were locally transmitted in the Seoul metropolitan area, where significant clusters of infection have been linked to nightclubs, warehouses → Read More

'The unlock has started': India reopens shopping malls and temples despite sharp rise in coronavirus cases

There was no fanfare and only a trickle of customers as the largest mall in Delhi reopened its doors on Monday morning for the first time since March. → Read More

Kerala elephant death: One arrested over killing of pregnant animal that sparked outcry across India

A man has been arrested in India in connection with the death of a pregnant elephant in Kerala, a case which led to a national outpouring of anger and grief. The elephant was found by forest officials with severe injuries to its mouth, most likely sustained from trying to eat a piece of fruit laden with fireworks - a kind of trap commonly used by farmers to stave off smaller → Read More

Hong Kongers’ last hope for democracy may be dwindling as Trump deals with unrest at home

Hong Kong’s citizen activists have tried for decades to win concessions at home from an administration working hand in glove with the mainland. Now, they realise that international furore could be the movement’s last weapon in the defence of the city’s autonomy. → Read More

George Floyd protests: How the world is gaping and gloating as massive uprisings spread across US

In Russia, state television depicted the fiery mass unrest in the US as akin to a “dystopian movie.” Across the Arab world, commentators called protests in America over the killing of George Floyd as an “American Spring”, a reference to the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings that toppled regimes across the Middle East. → Read More

Why India’s contact-tracing app is still a work in progress, eight weeks after national rollout

India was among the first countries in the world to order a national roll-out of its contact-tracing app, on 2 April, just a week after it went into lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus. The initial launch was a quiet affair, but attention built around the app as it was increasingly highlighted during prime minister Narendra Modi’s addresses to the nation. → Read More