Alarm in Beijing as variant cases rise weeks before Winter Olympics

Authorities clamp down on international travellers and mail after new infections of Omicron and Delta virus detected

Tonga could be offline for weeks after eruption

Tonga’s critical 827km fibre-optic link to Fiji requires specialised ship to repair cable lying about 37km offshore

Australia records its worst day of pandemic

Omicron variant drives up hospital admissions to new highs

Tonga’s outer islands suffer catastrophic tsunami damage

Alarming images show entire village destroyed and numerous buildings missing

China records fewest births since 1950

China’s population crisis continued to worsen in 2021, with the latest birth figures again sliding despite government efforts to encourage families to have ...

Submerged Tonga volcano leaves scientists in suspense after eruption

Explosion destroyed its sea-level crater and drowned its mass, obscuring it from satellites

North Korea fires two ballistic missiles amid Japanese censure

Fourth test in rapid succession this month demonstrates country’s expanding arsenal

High Covid-19 alert for Chinese cities as Lunar New Year holidays start

Travellers are required to report their trips days before arriving as the Omicron variant spreads

Australia and New Zealand flights to assess Tonga tsunami damage

British woman reported missing as resorts and houses suffer significant damage

Major tsunami damage feared in Tonga, communications still cut

No official reports of injuries or deaths have been received yet

North Korea says it fired two missiles in Friday drill

North Korea fired two tactical guided missiles from railcars in a Friday morning drill that “precisely struck the set target in the East Sea of Korea,” the ...

Hong Kong extends measures to stem Omicron outbreak

Restrictions will be in place throughout the Lunar New Year holiday that runs for the first three days of February

Australian heatwave pushes temperature to 50.7°C

Authorities tell people to stay indoors as climate scientists warn global warming is close to spiralling out of control

Malaysia still way off repaying scandal-tainted 1MDB’s outstanding debt

Finance ministry to repay only the principal amount this year and commits to repay balance still owed by the state fund

Nepal’s blossoming honey industry hits stormy weather

Heavy rain, prolonged drought and harsher winters have thrown off flowering seasons and destroyed blossoms across Nepal over the past decade, decimating the ...

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