Blast at mosque in Kandahar kills at least 15, injures dozens

A blast at a Shi'ite mosque in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar killled at least 15 people and wounded 31, though the total is expected to rise

UN deal offers no free movement guarantee for Rohingya

Rohingya refugees that have been sent to a remote Bangladeshi island won’t be able to move freely to the mainland, leaked copy of deal shows

South Korea prepares to launch first locally built rocket

The space programme will support government projects and commercial activity

Taiwan is not looking for a war with China, says defence minister

Chiu Kuo-cheng says, however, the country will defend itself ‘full on’ if necessary

New Zealand prepares for 5,000 Covid-19 cases a week

The country is moving away from its zero-virus approach as it ramps up its vaccination drive

Hong Kong university accused of mafia tactics over Tiananmen statue

Danish sculptor labels order a warning that sculpture will be destroyed unless it is removed

Typhoon Kompasu closes Hong Kong markets

Schools have been shut and the city’s $6.3-trillion stock market cancelled trading as strong winds and rain from the typhoon lashed the financial hub

Japan confronts rising inequality after Abenomics

Economic policies of former prime minister Shinzo Abe have to create wealth — except for those who are already wealthy

Squid Game reflects South Korea’s ‘beastly’ society, says North Korea

North Korean film critics say hit TV series shows sad reality of unequal society

Kim Jong Un flexes his missiles

North Korean leader vows to keep expanding his nuclear weapons programme

US and Taliban discuss security and terrorism in first formal talks

Discussions covered safe passage of citizens and other foreign nationals, state department spokesman says

Carrie Lam on Hong Kong’s Covid-zero stance

Lam’s government has implemented a strict “Covid Zero” policy in order to reopen the border with China

Duterte lables journalist Ressa’s Nobel prize ‘win for Philippines’

Founder of news site Rappler shares prize with Russia’s Dmitry Muratov after braving the wrath of the countries’ leaders

Kim Jong-un calls on officials to improve people’s lives amid ‘grim’ economy

Country faces ‘huge tasks for adjusting and developing the state economy’ and accomplishing economic goals, leader says

Dozens said to be dead after bomb blast in mosque in Afghanistan

The blast follows several attacks, including one at a mosque in Kabul, in recent weeks, some of which have been claimed by IS

Japanese scientists recreate Wagyu beef in a laboratory

Scientists used 3-D bioprinters and bovine stem cells to replicate Wagyu’s distinctive marbling

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