Free speech or secession? ‘Liberate Hong Kong’ at heart of landmark case
A cornerstone of the trial has been the prosecution's argument that slogan ‘connotes Hong Kong independence’—a position unacceptable to China, which considers the financial hub an ‘inalienable’ part of its territory.
Shooting: China’s Yang wins first gold medal of Tokyo Olympics
The silver went to Russian shooter Anastasiia Galashina and the bronze medal to Switzerland’s Nina Christen.
Moderna Covid-19 vaccine gets EU regulator endorsement for teens
Vaccinating children has been considered important for reaching herd immunity and in light of the highly contagious Delta variant. Moderna in May said its vaccine was found to be safe and effective in teenagers.
Three more athletes test postive for Covid-19 at Games
Olympics-related cases rose by 19, bringing the total number of disclosed cases to 106.
Five tennis players to watch at the Tokyo Olympics
Japan's Naomi Osaka is considered a favourite for gold as she makes her Olympic debut while Serbia's Novak Djokovic will be searching for his maiden Olympic singles gold medal, a prize still missing from his impressive collection.
As Taliban advances, Afghan military overhauls war strategy
The Taliban's swift territorial gains are rattling Afghans just as the United States withdraws from a war that succeeded in punishing al Qaeda following its September 11, 2001 attacks but failed to deliver anything close to peace for Afghanistan.
From China to Germany, floods expose climate vulnerability
As the atmosphere warms with climate change, it also holds more moisture, which means that when rainclouds break, more rain is released. By the end of the century, such storms could be 14 times more frequent.
Afghan neighbour Tajikistan holds largest ever military exercise
Insecurity has been growing in Afghanistan in recent weeks, largely spurred by fighting in its provinces as US-led foreign troops complete their withdrawal and the Taliban launch major offensives, taking districts and border crossings.
1.5 million children have lost parents to pandemic; potential brain gateway for virus found
A roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19.
Angry Indian farmers to protest near parliament
As India's monsoon session of parliament began this week, some protesting farmers tried to march towards the main government district, but they were stopped by police just miles from parliament.
China rejects WHO plan for study of Covid-19 origin
The head of the WHO said earlier in July that investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic in China were being hampered by the lack of raw data on the first days of spread there.
India’s excess deaths during pandemic up to 4.9 million, study shows
Health experts blame the undercounting largely on scarce resources in the vast hinterland home to two-thirds of India's population of nearly 1.4 billion, and also many deaths at home without being tested.
WHO head Tedros backs Tokyo Games amid pandemic
Speaking to the International Olympic Committee members at their session in the Japanese capital, Tedros said the world needed the Olympics now “as a celebration of hope”.
Central Chinese province swamped after heaviest rain in 1,000 years
In Zhengzhou, a city of over 12 million on the banks of the Yellow River, 12 people have died so far amid the floods, and about 100,000 people have been evacuated to safe zones.
As climate impacts surge, UN science report to examine ‘black swan’ events
As climate change impacts speed up, the IPCC report should act as a 'wake-up call' for swifter action to curb global warming, scientists say.
Suicide attack in Iraq’s Sadr City kills at least 35, wounds dozens: Sources
Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, the group's Nasheer news agency said on Telegram. It said one of its militants blew up his explosive vest among the crowds.
England’s ‘freedom day’ marred by soaring cases and isolation chaos
Britain has the seventh highest death toll in the world, 128,708, and is forecast to soon have more new infections each day than it did at the height of a second wave of the virus earlier this year.
Heavy rains cripple Indian cities; at least 35 killed
At least 30 people were killed on Sunday in three Mumbai suburbs when several houses collapsed in landslides after rain.
Israeli firm’s spyware used to target journalists’ cell phones: Reports
The company issued a statement on its website denying the reporting by the 17 media partners led by the Paris-based journalism nonprofit Forbidden Stories.
Trust in Indonesian president’s handling of pandemic falls: Survey
The opinion poll by The Indonesian Survey Institute, which was conducted in late June before the worst of the current outbreak, showed trust that the president can handle the pandemic fell to 43% compared with 56.5% in a poll in February.