July 30, 2021
July 30, 2021

This day in history

1912 - Japanese Emperor Meiji died and was succeeded by Yoshihito. During Meiji’s reign Japan was transformed into one of the modern world’s great powers.

July 29, 2021
July 29, 2021

Rights groups press to free Sri Lanka lawyer

International calls yesterday mounted for the release of a Sri Lankan human rights lawyer and the repeal of anti-terror laws used to detain him for 15 months.

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

China says Taliban expected to play 'important' Afghan peace role

China told a visiting Taliban delegation on Wednesday it expected the insurgent group to play an important role in ending Afghanistan's war and rebuilding the country, the Chinese foreign...

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

UN special rapporteur calls for ‘Covid ceasefire’

The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar yesterday called on the UN Security Council and member states to push for an emergency “Covid ceasefire” in light of an...

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

With donations, Bhutan vaccinates 85pc of its population

Bhutan has inoculated most of its eligible population with second doses of Covid-19 vaccinations in a week, in a speedy rollout hailed by Unicef as a “success story” for international donations. 

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

Two Koreas restore hotlines

North and South Korea signalled a surprise thaw in relations yesterday, announcing the restoration of cross-border communications that were severed more than a year ago and an agreement between...

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

Beijing’s claims have ‘no basis’

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin yesterday said that Beijing’s expansive claims in the South China Sea have “no basis in international law”, taking aim at China’s growing assertiveness in the hotly...

July 28, 2021
July 28, 2021

Bodies of three missing climbers spotted on Pakistan’s K2

The bodies of three mountaineers who died during a winter expedition on Pakistan’s K2 have been found months after they went missing while scaling the world’s second-highest peak, officials said...

July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021

Myanmar junta cancels 2020 polls results

Myanmar’s junta yesterday cancelled the results of 2020 polls won by Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, announcing they were not “free and fair” almost six months after deposing the Nobel laureate in a coup.

July 27, 2021
July 27, 2021

Stop ‘demonising’ China

Rancour marked the start of yesterday’s talks between Beijing and the highest-level US envoy to visit under President Joe Biden’s administration, as Beijing urged Washington to stop “demonising”...