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Japan lifts state of emergency over coronavirus for entire country

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday lifted the COVID-19 state of emergency in the five remaining prefectures still under restrictions, including Tokyo, as the spread of the virus has largely been brought under control.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/25 17:09:45

Aussie students return to school as restrictions ease

Public school students in several Australian states returned to classrooms on Monday, as state leaders unveiled further plans to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/25 15:13:08

Aussie state backs COVID-19 research blitz

The Australian State of Western Australia (WA) has upped funding to 12 local COVID-19 related studies, to help better tackle the global effects of the virus.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/25 13:56:37

India's Mumbai COVID-19 infections surpasses 30,000 mark

India's western state of Maharashtra has surpassed the milestone of 50,000 COVID-19 cases with its capital Mumbai surpassing 30,000 cases mark, as per the official update late Sunday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/25 12:14:06

UN chief saddened by passenger plane crash in Pakistan

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was saddened by the loss of life and injury in a passenger airline crash in Karachi, Pakistan, said his spokesman on Saturday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/24 13:46:58

Japanese exports fall most since 2009

Japan's exports fell the most since the 2009 global financial crisis in April as coronavirus slammed world demand for cars, industrial materials and other goods, likely pushing the world's third-largest economy deeper into recession.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 17:58:41

Two alleged ex-Nissan chief's accomplices arrested in US

A father and son suspected of helping fugitive former Nissan chief Carlos Ghosn flee Japan in December were arrested in the US Wednesday and taken to court where they faced a judge in a rare online appearance.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 17:58:40

Canadian preacher arrested in Myanmar for breaking coronavirus ban

Myanmar police arrested a Canadian pastor Wednesday for allegedly holding a service in defiance of a coronavirus ban on mass gatherings – after which he and dozens of his followers and their families became infected.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/21 17:53:40

India's COVID-19 death toll rises to 3,435 as total cases reach 112,359

India's federal health ministry Thursday morning reported 132 more deaths and 5,609 new COVID-19 cases since Wednesday, taking the number of deaths to 3,435 and total cases to 112,359.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/21 12:56:57

Chinese netizens have low expectations for live-action adaptation of One Piece

Chinese internet users said they don't have high expectations for the live-action adaptation of beloved Japanese manga One Piece, with a Chinese manga fan noting that most of the previous adaptions of Japanese comics weren't well-made.
Source: Global Times | 2020/5/21 22:22:36

Japan's coronavirus crisis sparks calls for revamping the school year

Advocates of changing Japan's century-old tradition of starting the school year in April, when cherry blossoms bloom, are seizing on school closures caused by the coronavirus as a chance for reforms they say will internationalize education.
Source: Reuters | 2020/5/20 20:18:40

Philippines reports 279 new COVID-19 cases, total cases cross 13,000

The Philippine health department on Wednesday reported that 279 more people have contracted the COVID-19, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 13,221.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/20 16:47:02

Indonesia's gravediggers battle virus fears, stigma

Gravedigger Junaidi Hakim shouts "hurry up" as he summons his weary colleagues in a never-ending race to bury novel coronavirus victims at a Jakarta cemetery.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/19 19:13:40

Misinformation linking 5G network to COVID-19 "utterly baseless": Australian Communications minister

Australian Minister for Communications Paul Fletcher has warned Australians about misinformation linking the COVID-19 to 5G mobile technology.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/19 13:41:26

Leaving no one behind -- Cambodian teachers deliver lessons to homes as digital gap threatens students' rights

Sen Vanna, a primary school teacher in a rural area in southeast Cambodia's Tboung Khmum province, travels to teach his students at their homes every day after schools have been closed to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/19 13:24:05

Australia plans pop-up carparks to prevent rush hour virus crush

Australian officials planned to open pop-up parking lots and extra bicycle lanes in Sydney and other cities as the country's most populous state began its first full week on Monday of loosened lockdown measures.
Source: Reuters | 2020/5/18 19:13:40

Pandemic pushes Japan into deepening recession

Japan's economy slipped into recession for the first time in four and a half years, putting the nation on course for its deepest postwar slump as the coronavirus crisis ravages businesses and consumers.
Source: AFP | 2020/5/18 18:23:40

12 McDonald's in Australia forced to close after delivery driver tests positive

On Monday, 12 McDonald's outlets in the Australian state of Victoria were forced to close after a delivery driver tested positive for the virus.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/5/18 13:15:16