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Aussie court to rule on cleric's fate

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell will learn on Tuesday ­whether he can walk free from jail, when Australia's highest court hands down its judgment on his appeal against historical child sex offences.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/2 22:18:41

China sacrificed itself to win time for the world to respond to COVID19: WHO

China sacrificed itself in order to win time for the rest of the world to be able to respond to the spreading COVID-19 disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) representative to China Dr Gauden Galea said on Thursday, praising China's quick response to the outbreak and Chinese people's solidarity during this difficult time.
Source: Global Times | 2020/4/2 18:23:40

Australia to test 9,000 cruise ship passengers

Australian police and military will soon begin helicoptering doctors to several cruise ships stranded near Sydney to assess nearly 9,000 crew for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/2 17:53:40

No masking the mockery

A pledge by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to send two reusable cloth face masks to every household as the country battles the coronavirus outbreak has been met online with derision and humor.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/2 17:43:41

Cruise ship standoff continues in Australia amid COVID-19 concerns

Australian authorities on Thursday continued a standoff with several cruise ships dwelling on the country's coast amid COVID-19 concerns.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/2 13:42:52

First COVID-19 case reported in Asia's largest slum in Mumbai

Asia's largest slum located in India's financial capital of Mumbai has reported the first COVID-19 case, a 56-year-old person, on Wednesday evening.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/2 12:15:20

Vietnam's COVID-19 cases rise to 222

Vietnam's Ministry of Health on Thursday morning confirmed four new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 222.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/2 11:58:38

Sixty Aussie newspapers to cease printing

Rupert Murdoch's Australian flagship media group News Corp announced on Wednesday it would stop printing around 60 regional newspapers, as the troubled sector received a fresh blow from a COVID-19 advertising downturn.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/1 19:28:40

Thousands of Koreans employed by American military put on leave

Around 4,000 South Koreans working for the US military in their country were put on unpaid leave Wednesday as Seoul and Washington bicker over funding for US forces.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/1 19:03:40

Japan's PM, deputy to avoid joint meetings

Japan's Prime Minister (PM) Shinzo Abe and his deputy won't attend meetings together to cut coronavirus risks as pressure for a lockdown builds, with domestic cases topping 2,000 and a minister saying the country's containment strategy was stretched to the limit.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/31 19:33:40

South Korea starts online teaching

South Korea said on Tuesday it will open school classes online next week and reschedule its annual college entrance exams slated for November as concerns persist over the coronavirus and small outbreaks continue to emerge.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/31 17:53:42

Singapore eases monetary policy as COVID-19 slams economy

Singapore's central bank eased monetary policy Monday as the city-state, seen as a bellwether for the health of global trade, heads for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/30 20:13:40

Tokyo Olympics will start July 23, 2021: NHK

The Tokyo Olympics will start July 23, 2021, NHK reported citing sources within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Source: People's Daily | 2020/3/30 18:42:03

DPRK conducts test-firing of super-large multiple rocket launchers

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired super-large multiple rocket launchers on Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/30 15:05:57

Take the long way home - India's migrant laborers struggle to survive under 21-day lockdown

As India began a 21-day lockdown across the country in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, thousands of laborers including women and children are desperately trying to return home.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/30 14:47:52

8 killed in small aircraft crash at Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport in Philippines: media

8 killed in small aircraft crash at Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport in Philippines: media
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/29 21:22:32

China to send more aid to Japan; netizens suggest Tokyo lockdown amid Sakura season

The Chinese government will provide a second batch of medical aid to Japan where COVID-19 infection is feared to increase steadily, amid medical materials shortage in Japan and some voices suggesting Tokyo impose a temporary lockdown like that of Wuhan despite its Sakura blossom tourism season.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/29 20:19:40

Australian domestic abuse cases surge during shutdown of services

Australia on Sunday announced a nearly $100 million boost in funding to tackle domestic violence after support services reported a spike in coronavirus-related family abuse.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/29 18:28:40