Myanmar junta extends emergency as coup anniversary marked by ‘silent protest’

Junta extends state of emergency, says elections must be held ‘Current situation is under unusual circumstances,’ acting president says Streets deserted in some Myanmar cities for silent protest Protesters hold rallies in Thailand and the Philippines Feb 1 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta extended the country’s state of emergency by another six months, the acting president … Read more

Two years on, Myanmar coup takes a ‘catastrophic toll’

Jan 31 (Reuters) – Two years after Myanmar’s military coup, a young factory worker turned resistance fighter mourns the loss of his leg in battle. A former diplomat has not seen his family in four years. A beauty queen adjusts to a new life in wintry Canada. And an exiled teacher dreams of returning to … Read more

China offers Sri Lanka debt moratorium, IMF help still in doubt

China offers debt service relief in 2022, 2023 Sri Lanka sources unclear if China letter will be enough for IMF Broad agreement between IMF, China on Zambia could provide clues NEW DELHI/COLOMBO, Jan 24 (Reuters) – The Export-Import Bank of China has offered Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium on its debt and said it would … Read more

Exclusive: WHO investigating links between cough syrup deaths, considers advice for parents

Jan 24 (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating whether there is any connection between manufacturers whose contaminated cough syrups it has linked to the deaths of more than 300 children in three countries, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Citing “unacceptable levels” of toxins in the products, the WHO is … Read more

China COVID peak to last two-three months, hit rural areas next

Peak of COVID wave seen lasting 2-3 months – epidemiologist Elderly in rural areas particularly at risk People mobility indicators tick up, but yet to fully recover BEIJING, Jan 13 (Reuters) – The peak of China’s COVID-19 wave is expected to last two to three months, and will soon swell over the vast countryside where … Read more

Chinese fret over elderly as WHO warns of holiday COVID surge

Two billion trips expected over Lunar New Year Virus spreading from cities to vulnerable villages WHO says China response challenged by lack of data China’s grand reopening marred by Japan, Korea spat BEIJING, Jan 12 (Reuters) – People in China worried on Thursday about spreading COVID-19 to aged relatives as they planned returns to their … Read more

China imposes transit curbs for S.Korea, Japan in growing COVID spat

New curbs for S.Korea, Japan nationals transiting China China says visa suspensions for South Korea, Japan “reasonable” Escalating diplomatic spat may complicate economic relations Social media users lash out at S.Korea’s “insulting” COVID curbs BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) – China introduced transit curbs for South Korean and Japanese nationals on Wednesday, in an escalating diplomatic … Read more

China retaliates against South Korea, Japan over COVID curbs

China embassy decrees “discriminatory” S.Korea border rules Some cities say the peak of COVID infections was last month Chinese state media criticizes Pfizer over Paxlovid price BEIJING, Jan 10 (Reuters) – China began retaliating on Tuesday against South Korea and Japan, two of the countries which have imposed COVID-19 curbs on travelers from China, the … Read more

Travel curbs rack up as COVID-hit China readies reopening

China to drop quarantine for overseas visitors on Sunday Greece joins nations imposing travel curbs on China Travel rush, holidays could inflame virus outbreak SHANGHAI/BEIJING, Jan 6 (Reuters) – More countries around the world are demanding that visitors from China take COVID tests, days before it drops border controls and ushers in an eagerly awaited … Read more

Biden flags concern on China’s COVID response as WHO doubts death toll

WHO says China is under-reporting hospital admissions, deaths Official data at odds with packed hospitals, crematoriums EU recommends border controls for China travelers Asian shares up on hopes China reopening stimulates growth BEIJING/SHANGHAI, Jan 5 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden raised concern about China’s handling of its COVID-19 outbreak hours after the World Health … Read more