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In Hong Kong, a new party calls for stability (and raises suspicions)

In Hong Kong, a new party calls for stability (and raises suspicions)

They are businessmen born in mainland China, serve on top advisory committees to Beijing and profess patriotism for the motherland. Now, they are seeking to bring that ardour to Hong Kong, as the founders of the city's newest political party.

  • by Keith Bradsher and Vivian Wang

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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?
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Miniskirts and mujahideen: how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war?

It was once a stop on the hippie trail and inspiration for the Lonely Planet guidebooks. So how did Afghanistan come to be defined by war and terrorism?

  • by Maher Mughrabi
Hope sinks in Kashmir as COVID compounds India crackdown

Hope sinks in Kashmir as COVID compounds India crackdown

Once a hub for both Western and Indian tourists, Kashmir has been reeling for more than a year. First, India brought in security forces. Then the coronavirus struck.

  • by Emily Schmall
US steps up claims COVID-19 may have escaped from Chinese lab

US steps up claims COVID-19 may have escaped from Chinese lab

The US said it had obtained new evidence that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology became sick with the virus before the first identified case of the outbreak, but provided no data to back up its claims.

  • by Bill Faries
China builds hospital in five days after surge in virus cases

China builds hospital in five days after surge in virus cases

The government is building a number of COVID hospitals, saying the new strain is harder to contain.

  • by Joe McDonald
Volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

Volcano on Indonesia's Java island spews hot clouds

The volcano's hot clouds came just days after an earthquake killed dozens on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island.

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India kicks off 'world's largest' vaccination campaigns in fight against COVID-19

India kicks off 'world's largest' vaccination campaigns in fight against COVID-19

Sanitation worker Manish Kumar became the first person in India to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Saturday, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched one of the world's largest immunisation campaigns to bring the pandemic under control.

Indonesia quake toll mounts as rescue hampered by blackouts

Indonesia quake toll mounts as rescue hampered by blackouts

Thousands spent the night in the open fearing aftershocks and a possible tsunami.

  • by Niniek Karmini and Yusuf Wahil
Strong shallow quake kills dozens, injures hundreds in Sulawesi
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Strong shallow quake kills dozens, injures hundreds in Sulawesi

Videos showed residents fleeing to higher ground on motorcycles, and a child trapped under the rubble as people tried to remove debris with their bare hands.

  • by Angie Teo
Kim Jong-un vows nuclear might in elaborate ballistic missile parade

Kim Jong-un vows nuclear might in elaborate ballistic missile parade

The North’s missiles on parade could be engineering mock-ups that would require further development before they are ready to be deployed.

  • by Kim Tong-Hyung
Some pig: oldest rock art found to date points to more discoveries

Some pig: oldest rock art found to date points to more discoveries

Cave art discovered in Indonesia has been dated as the oldest yet discovered, and could point the way to even older discoveries.

  • by Stuart Layt