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K-pop group BTS can defer military service after South Korea passes new law

December 2, 2020

K-pop fans can breathe a sigh of relief, with BTS here to stay -- for a few more years, at least.

China's attack on Australian soldiers is just the latest step in a long campaign by Beijing

December 2, 2020

An Australian soldier appears to hold an Afghan child's head against a backdrop of their two national flags, threatening to slit the youngster's throat with a bloody knife.

China has promised millions of coronavirus vaccines to countries around the world. And it is ready to deliver them

December 2, 2020

Inside a gray warehouse at the Shenzhen International Airport in southern China, a row of white chambers sits in a cordoned-off corner, each fitted with a display screen showing the customized temperature inside.

China lands probe on surface of the moon to collect lunar rocks

December 1, 2020

The robotic spacecraft, named Chang'e 5 after the mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, will spend two days on the moon collecting soil and rock samples, which it will bring back to Earth.

New Zealand media giant Stuff apologizes for racism toward Māori

November 30, 2020

New Zealand's largest media publisher, Stuff, has publicly apologized for the way it has portrayed Māori people, after an internal investigation uncovered evidence of "racism and marginalisation" in its representation of the country's Indigenous people.

Sri Lanka coronavirus prison riot leaves eight dead, over 50 wounded

November 30, 2020

At least eight prisoners were killed and more than 50 injured in clashes with guards at a Sri Lankan prison, officials said on Monday, as authorities tried to quell a protest over rising corornavirus infections in the country's crowded jails.

Thai protest leaders report to police on charges of insulting the monarchy, as authorities' tolerance wears out

November 30, 2020

Five pro-democracy leaders reported to Thai police Monday to face accusations of lese majeste -- a controversial and sweeping law that prohibits criticism of Thailand's royal family -- as authorities attempt to crack down on the country's growing protest movement.

New Zealand officials file charges over deadly White Island volcano eruption

November 30, 2020

New Zealand officials have filed charges against 13 parties that allegedly failed to meet their health and safety obligations when visiting an active volcano which killed 22 when it erupted last year.

Analysis: Kim Jong Un is cutting off his economic lifeline, China, to stave off Covid-19

November 30, 2020

Kim Jong Un appears to have kicked North Korea's Covid-19 prevention plan into overdrive, further tightening the country's nearly impassible borders, cutting off nearly all trade with China and even allegedly executing a customs officials for failing to handle imported goods appropriately.

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