Coronavirus live updates: Brazil confirms first case in Latin America, Italy cases triple over two days
As of Wednesday, more than 81,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported, resulting in at least 2,764 deaths.

Source: Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 10:13 am

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France sees second coronavirus death; Greece confirms first case
Europe continues to report a slew of coronavirus cases with France seeing its second death and Italy reporting its 12th death. Greece has also confirmed its first coronavirus case

Source: Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 8:33 am

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Delhi riots: City tense after Hindu-Muslim clashes leave 23 dead
The deadliest violence in India's capital for decades leaves 23 people dead and scores injured.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 26 Feb 2020 | 7:05 am

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Afghan refugee pursues his dream of boxing in Tokyo
A young Afghan refugee living in Portugal is attempting to achieve in 10 months what normally takes years of preparation - qualifying to box in the Olympics.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 4:07 am

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Iran now has the highest coronavirus death toll outside of China, threatening the wider Middle East
Amid accusations of a government cover-up, it's widely suspected that the number of cases and deaths in Iran are higher than officially reported.

Source: Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 2:53 am

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Chinese stocks tumble as investors withdraw amid coronavirus fears
Shares in mainland China led losses among major Asia Pacific markets on Wednesday as investors withdrew amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak beyond China.

Source: Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 2:42 am

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Malaysian ringgit set to weaken further as political chaos and coronavirus take hold, says Aberdeen
The Malaysian ringgit could slide further as the country grapples with a recent political upheaval and the coronavirus outbreak, says Gerald Ambrose of Aberdeen Standard Investments Malaysia.

Source: Asia News | 26 Feb 2020 | 2:31 am

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Hong Kong to give cash gift of $1,200 to residents
Officials hope it will boost spending as the city's economy struggles after a tumultuous year.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 26 Feb 2020 | 1:48 am

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Solari boards: The disappearing sound of airports
Inside airports, old-school departure boards are falling silent. Outside, it's a different story.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 26 Feb 2020 | 12:21 am

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Coronavirus: Chinese workers offered free transport
Planes, trains and buses are being put on to help Chinese workers quickly return to factories.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 25 Feb 2020 | 11:47 pm

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Sydney baboons go on the run before vasectomy
Three baboons - one on his way to a vasectomy - fled an Australian hospital, stunning onlookers.

Source: BBC News - Asia | 25 Feb 2020 | 10:29 pm

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Singapore's Bangladeshi workers have eyes on home as coronavirus shakes community
With his shaggy grey beard, rose-coloured robe and a prayer cap that extends his tall frame, shopkeeper Tariqul Islam is an imposing figure on the stall-lined street that serves up home comforts to Singapore's Bangladeshi community.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 25 Feb 2020 | 1:16 am

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Afghanistan confirms first coronavirus case in province bordering Iran
Afghanistan confirmed its first case of the coronavirus in the western province of Herat on Monday, declaring a state of emergency in a territory bordering Iran which itself reported a sharp rise in cases.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 24 Feb 2020 | 5:45 am

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Nepal's Sherpa climbers to make rare winter ascent of Everest
Four veteran Sherpa climbers left on Monday for Mount Everest on a mission to climb the world’s highest mountain in five days from the Nepali side, aiming to set a record for its shortest winter ascent in nearly three decades, hiking officials said.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 24 Feb 2020 | 3:53 am

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Taliban, Afghan forces clash on first day of violence reduction period
Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces clashed in parts of Afghanistan on Saturday, a day after a week-long "reduction in violence" was announced, but the incidents did not spark immediate alarm on either side.

Source: Reuters: South Asia News | 22 Feb 2020 | 9:23 am

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AmEx to post fourth-quarter loss on US$2.4 billion hit from tax legislation
American Express Co said it expects to report a fourth-quarter loss due to a US$2.4 billion hit from the tax legislation which makes it cheaper for U.S. companies to repatriate profits.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Hezbollah - Syrian war will be over in 1-2 years
The leader of Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah group said on Wednesday the Syrian war, now in its seventh year, will be finished in one or two years at most.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Trump admin to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan - sources
WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said, after warning Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Aides in ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:35 pm

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Costa back with a bang as Atletico thrash Lleida in Cup
BARCELONA: Diego Costa enjoyed a typically eventful return to action for Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, scoring within six minutes of coming off the bench in his side's 4-0 King's Cup win at Lleida Esportiu but appearing to injure his knee in the process. Costa turned Juanfran's low cross into the ...

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:30 pm

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UN chief welcomes reopened Korean hotline
South Korea has offered to hold talks with the North on Jan 9 to discuss "matters of mutual interest" including the North's Olympic participation.

Source: Latest News | 3 Jan 2018 | 3:23 pm

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On North Korea, Trump declares ‘talking is not the answer’ - but his defence chief Mattis quickly disagrees
President Donald Trump on Wednesday declared “talking is not the answer” to the tense stand-off with North Korea over its nuclear missile development, but his defence chief swiftly asserted that diplomatic options remain and Russia demanded US restraint. Trump’s comment, a day after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan that drew UN and other international condemnation, renewed his tough rhetoric toward reclusive, nuclear-armed and increasingly isolated North Korea....

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 7:06 pm

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Thousands of Rohingya flee Myanmar as Rakhine unrest rages
At least 18,500 Rohingya have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Myanmar’s neighbouring Rakhine state six days ago, the International Organisation for Migration said on Wednesday. Plumes of smoke billowed from several burning villages in the worst-hit section of the state, according to a reporter on a government-led trip to the area, as the violence showed little sign of abating despite security sweeps by Myanmar’s police and troops. The streets of Maungdaw –...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 11:21 am

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South Korea’s former spy chief jailed for election meddling
A former spy chief for South Korea was jailed for four years on Wednesday for leading an online campaign against the man who is now president, Moon Jae-in, during the 2012 election. Won Sei-hoon, who led the National Intelligence Service (NIS) from 2009 to 2013, orchestrated an illicit smear campaign to sway voters in favour of the conservative party, led at the time by Park Geun-hye, Seoul High Court said. South Korea only fully embraced democracy in the 1990s and its intelligence services...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 10:03 am

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May in Japan seeking ‘model’ trade deal for post-Brexit UK
British Prime Minister Theresa May held her first talks with her Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Kyoto, at the start of an intensive three-day visit intended to reassure the country that Britain can swiftly replicate the trade benefits of EU membership after Brexit. Before meeting Abe, May reiterated her intention to kick-start post-Brexit trade by replicating existing deals signed by the EU, to be amended later as needed, saying this would provide confidence for businesses. May, who...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 8:15 am

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US faces risk of war or humiliation if it attempts to shoot down a North Korean missile
North Korea’s firing of a ballistic missile over Japan could increase pressure on Washington to consider shooting down future test launches, although there is no guarantee of success and US officials are wary of a dangerous escalation with Pyongyang. More attention is likely to focus on the prospects for intercepting a missile in flight after North Korea on Tuesday conducted one of its boldest missile tests in years, one government official said. Such a decision would not be taken lightly...

Source: South China Morning Post - Asia feed | 30 Aug 2017 | 6:11 am

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