Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia

Several outbreaks of severe bird flu in Europe and Asia have been reported in recent days to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), in a sign the virus is spreading quickly again. The spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has put the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks ledContinue reading “Bird flu spreads in Europe and Asia”

COP26: Protesters worldwide demand action on climate crisis

Amid COP26 talks, more than 200 events worldwide demand action for communities already affected by climate change. Protests are under way for a second day in cities around the world as part of a global mobilisation against what campaigners say is a lack of urgency to address global warming at a crunch United Nations climate summit inContinue reading “COP26: Protesters worldwide demand action on climate crisis”

President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit

South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday took part in the East Asia Summit involving 18 nations including leaders of ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand, where they discussed regional and international challenges. During the session, held virtually President Moon called for continued support for a formalContinue reading “President Moon says end-of-war declaration is a ‘starting point to achieve peace’ at the East Asia Summit”

S.Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday

South Korea’s daily COVID-19 infections topped 3,000 for the first time as an outbreak fuelled by this week’s three-day holiday spreads, authorities said on Saturday. Friday’s 3,273 coronavirus cases surpassed the previous high a day earlier, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said, taking the nation’s tally to 298,402 infections and 2,441 deaths. Domestically transmittedContinue reading “S.Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases top 3,000 for first time after holiday”

The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38

In which John Green teaches you about the Cold War as it unfolded in Asia. As John pointed out last week, the Cold War was occasionally hot, and a lot of that heat was generated in Asia. This is starting to sound weird with the hot/cold thing, so let’s just say that the United StatesContinue reading “The Cold War in Asia: Crash Course US History #38”

Survey Shows People No Longer Believe Working Hard Will Lead To A Better Life

A growing sense of inequality is undermining trust in both society’s institutions and capitalism, according to a long-running global survey. The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer – now in its 20th year – has found many people no longer believe working hard will give them a better life. Despite strong economic performance, a majority of respondents inContinue reading “Survey Shows People No Longer Believe Working Hard Will Lead To A Better Life”

Anti-feminism backlash on the rise in South Korea

Condemnation of quotas for women, vilification of a short-haired Olympic gold medallist, and calls to abolish the gender ministry itself: a backlash against feminism is on the rise in South Korea — with even presidential candidates joining in. While South Korea is the world’s 12th-largest economy and a leading technological power, it remains a male-dominatedContinue reading “Anti-feminism backlash on the rise in South Korea”

North Korea feeds war rations to the poor after heatwave ravages food supply

North Korea is releasing emergency military rice reserves as its food shortage worsens, according to South Korea’s spy agency, with a heatwave and drought reducing the country’s supply. The country’s moribund economy is continuously being battered by the protracted COVID-19 pandemic, and while mass starvation and social chaos have not been reported, observers expect further deteriorationContinue reading “North Korea feeds war rations to the poor after heatwave ravages food supply”

North and South Korea agree to restore communication channels, improve ties

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said. The two leaders agreed to “restore mutual confidence and develop their relationships again as soon as possible,” Blue House spokesman Park Soo Hyun said in a televisedContinue reading “North and South Korea agree to restore communication channels, improve ties”

Covid-19: Three test positive at Olympic Village, sparking fears of outbreak ahead of Games

Two athletes have tested positive for the coronavirus in the Tokyo Olympic Village after a team colleague was also infected, officials said on Sunday, raising fears of a cluster just days before the opening ceremony.  The first cases involving athletes in the Village come a day after a member of their entourage returned the first positiveContinue reading “Covid-19: Three test positive at Olympic Village, sparking fears of outbreak ahead of Games”

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