Thailand rebuked for royal insult charges

A police source says 15 protest leaders have been summoned to acknowledge lese majeste charges

India bans more Chinese mobile apps including AliExpress

India's technology minister calls the ban a ‘digital strike’ against China

China launches unmanned mission to collect lunar samples

China, which is expanding its space programme, aims to have a permanent manned space station in service in 2022

Calls to outlaw online hate speech over abuse of Rohingya in Malaysia

An opposition lawmaker says the authorities are deflecting responsibility to Facebook or downplaying hate speech as ‘misconceptions’

Reserve Bank of India reaches one-million Twitter followers

That compares with about 678,000 followers for the US Fed, a little over 591,000 for the ECB and about 317,000 for the BoE

Australia reopens two largest states amid emotional scenes

Welcoming awaits passengers as first flights since July land in Sydney from Melbourne

Western envoys slam erosion of media freedom in Hong Kong

Consuls general for the US, Canada, UK and Australia warn of the rising risks for journalists

Activist Joshua Wong pleads guilty over organising Hong Kong protests

Face of the 2014 Umbrella Movement democracy rallies faces a maximum five-year jail term if convicted

Japanese scientist warns on Covid-19’s resurgence

Hitoshi Oshitani, who has become a global ambassador of the ‘Japan Model’, says people’s concern is decreasing

Call for Indian tycoon to pay up or have parole cancelled

Regulator wants Supreme Court to direct Subrata Roy to pay $8.4bn meant for poor investors

South Australia lockdown to end after man misled tracers

State premier Steven Marshall is fuming after a  Covid-19 ‘lie’ led to a harsh six-day lockdown

Japan declares climate emergency after setting zero emission goal

The world's fifth-biggest carbon emitter plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050

Vietnam threatens to shut down Facebook over political content

Communist-controlled Vietnam wants the network to censor anti-state content, which Facebook is resisting

Thai protesters want ‘equality and liberty’ and are prepared to play a long game

The pro-democracy protests, which also want monarchy reform, have escalated recently after police fired water cannons and injured dozens

Australian troops said to be involved in war crimes in Afghanistan, report notes

While the report has been heavily redacted, it includes allegations that senior special forces personnel ordered the killing of unarmed Afghans

India faces long, hard battle to recovery

The IMF predicts India’s GDP will shrink 10.3% in the year to March 2021 as Narendra Modi’s sudden lockdown paralysed activity

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