China’s return to entertainment a signal of next stage of economic recovery

Sales of consumer goods, a proxy for consumption in China, rose across the board at the end of the third quarter, led by vehicle sales

Threat of terror attack prompts US to halt citizen and visa services in Turkey

A report advises US citizens to be very cautious in locations where Americans or foreigners may gather, including office buildings or shopping malls

Lack of action by Muhammadu Buhari enrages gangs in Lagos

A highway leading to the international airport was obstructed by blockades manned by groups of young men demanding cash from motorists

Thai protesters arrested after surprise royal motorcade leads to confusion

Many Thais have questioned why the queen was on a particular road when protests were taking place at that time, and have challenged the severity of the reaction

Hong Kong fines Goldman record $350m over 1MDB failings

Serious lapses and deficiencies in management controls at Goldman contributed to misappropriation of $2.6bn, says regulator

Thailand revokes emergency decree as protests continue

The decree backfired as the ban on protests brought tens of thousands to streets, who want the prime minister to resign

India makes plans to vaccinate its vast population

The government has set aside about $7bn to fight Covid-19 in the world’s second most populous country

Top Hong Kong meteorologist quits, frustrated with its climate plans

Lam Chiu-ying says environmental policy is always at the bottom of the Hong Kong government agenda, which makes him ‘ashamed’

Indian traders do not expect Covid-19 to rain on their shopping season parade

Businesses are stocking up in anticipation of pent-up demand due to months in lockdown

Undaunted Thai protesters rely on social media

Authorities are not used to protests being organised in real-time in cyberspace, but shutting social media down would cause more chaos

Yang Hengjun, Australian writer, is detained in Beijing

With concerns about the author and former security agency employee’s health, his case is indicative of the crackdown on liberal voices in China since 2016 ...

Taiwan diplomat hurt in scuffle with Chinese officials in Fiji

Concerns rise after Chinese envoys’ aggression in one of the major battlegrounds for influence between Beijing and Taipei

Protest-hit Thailand threatens to censor media

While a government order has yet to be enforced, the authorities are monitoring ‘distorted information’

Typhoons ferment Kimchi disaster as cabbage demand rockets

Fields of cabbages were wiped out across the country due to the extreme weather, causing prices to surge more than 60%

Chinese growth speeds up but virus remains a drag

China’s economy remains on the recovery path, driven by a rebound in exports, one economist says

Lessons the US could learn from Ardern’s resounding victory

Message of empathy and kindness married with skilful crisis management earned landslide win

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