July 28, 2021

Asia

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Tropical storm makes landfall in northern Japan
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TOKYO: A tropical storm hit northern Japan on Wednesday (Jul 28) but there were no immediate reports of damage and Olympic football matches in the region were due to go ahead.Local authorities issued non-mandatory evacuation orders and set up emergency shelters as Tropical Storm Nepartak made landfall in northern Japan's Miyagi region shortly before 6am (2100 GMT, Tuesday).The storm is passing south of Morioka city in Iwate prefecture, bringing "strong" but not "violent" winds of 90kmh, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.Miyagi is hosting Olympic football matches on Wednesday - some of the few Tokyo 2020 events that fans are allowed to attend - but organisers said they would not be affected.
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Yu Mengyu defeats Liu Juan of the United States at Tokyo Olympics
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Singapore table tennis player Yu Mengyu defeated Liu Juan of the United States at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on Tuesday (July 27) to reach the women's singles quarter-finals at the Tokyo Olympics. Read more: https://tdy.sg/379rCeU Catch the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 LIVE with 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH. Sign in now at https://mewatch.sg/tokyo2020 and get into the action with Mediacorp, Singapore’s Olympics Network. ============ Inform your views at TODAY: https://www.todayonline.com/​​​ FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/todayonline... Twitter: https://twitter.com/TODAYonline​​​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todayonline​​​ Telegram: https://t.me/todayonlinesg​
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Hidilyn Diaz is the Philippines’ Olympic hero, two years after being accused of plotting against Duterte
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Two years before winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was mocked and threatened online after her name was included on a list of dozens of people alleged to be plotting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte. But with the 30-year-old ending her country’s near century-long wait for an Olympic Gold in the women’s 55kg class event and receiving accolades all round, senior Duterte aides have sought to distance themselves from that episode without…
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US concern over China nuclear build-up after new silos report
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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon and Republican congressmen on Tuesday (Jul 27) aired fresh concerns about China's build-up of its nuclear forces after a new report saying Beijing was building 110 more missile silos.An American Federation of Scientists (AFS) report on Monday said satellite images showed China was building a new field of silos near Hami in the eastern part of its Xinjiang region.The report came weeks after another on the construction of about 120 missile silos in Yumen, a desert area about 380km to the southeast."This is the second time in two months the public has discovered what we have been saying all along about the growing threat the world faces and the veil of secrecy that surrounds it," the US Strategic Command said in a tweet linked to a New York Times article on the AFS report.
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Regions near Olympic host Tokyo to seek COVID-19 emergency steps after cases surge
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TOKYO: Governors of three prefectures near Olympics host Tokyo are likely to ask the government to declare states of emergency for their regions, media said on Wednesday (Jul 28), after COVID-19 infections spiked to a record high in the Japanese capital.Tokyo recorded 2,848 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, the highest since the pandemic began, and media reported authorities had asked hospitals to prepare more beds for patients amid a surge driven by the Delta variant.The sharp increase may dampen enthusiasm for the Summer Games despite a rush of medals for Japanese athletes as many worry the influx of athletes and officials could add to the surge.Tokyo Olympics organisers on Wednesday reported 16 new Games-related COVID-19 cases, for a total of 169 since Jul 1. Olympic athletes, staff and media must follow strict rules to prevent the virus's spread, including frequent testing.
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How China’s cooperation with Mekong countries can overcome a trust deficit
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First proposed at the 17th Asean-China Summit in 2014 by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism aims to enhance economic cooperation, environmental protection efforts and transboundary water governance between the countries along the river’s length, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Seen as a rival to the US-backed Mekong River Commission (MRC) – which excludes Myanmar and China and was formed in 1995 – the LMC differentiates…
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As Vietnam’s coronavirus surge continues, lockdowns take their toll on factory output, small businesses
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University student Tran Thanh Nha has been working 14-hour shifts almost every day for the past two months, delivering food to locked-down residents and assisting medical workers in conducting Covid-19 tests in Vietnam’s southern commercial hub of Ho Chi Minh City. Dressed in a protective suit in the sweltering summer heat, volunteers like her constantly sanitise themselves as they help take up to 250 nasal samples a day. She fears they too may get infected with the Covid-19 Delta variant that…
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Passports please: Afghans queue up for escape lifeline
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KABUL: Like thousands of his compatriots, Abdel Khalid Nabyar waited outside Afghanistan's main passport office to apply for the precious travel document that would allow him to leave the war-torn nation.With the Taliban making huge advances in the countryside as foreign forces wind up their withdrawal, many Afghans - those with the means, at least - are looking for a way out."If the situation worsens, we might have to leave," said Nabyar, 52, who feels particularly vulnerable because he once ran a shop on a NATO military base. Not everyone will make an immediate exit, but most want the safety net - knowing they can leave at short notice."People want to be prepared in advance in case things go wrong," added Nabyar.
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South Korea reports highest COVID-19 daily count amid fourth wave
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SEOUL: South Korea on Wednesday (Jul 28) reported 1,896 new COVID-19 cases for Tuesday, its highest-ever daily increase, as the country struggles to subdue a fourth wave of outbreaks fanned by the more contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.The daily tally broke a previous record set on Jul 22 as infections are spreading beyond the capital Seoul and its neighbouring regions where the toughest social distancing rules are in place.There were 1,823 domestically transmitted cases on Tuesday and 33.5 per cent, or 611, of the were from areas outside the capital regions, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA).This is the first time the number of cases outside the Seoul metropolitan region has exceeded the 600 mark since the first COVID-19 wave emerged from a church in the southeastern city of Daegu.
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Reports: Ola to enter the used-car retailing business
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The service, which will be called Ola Cars, will start as a pilot project in Bengaluru in the second half of August, reported Entrackr.
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Singapore's Yu Mengyu defeats Japan's Kasumi Ishikawa at Tokyo Olympics
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Singapore’s Yu Mengyu has qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s singles table tennis event after beating Japan’s Kasumi Ishikawa 4-1 at the Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday (Jul 28). Catch the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020 LIVE with 14 dedicated channels on meWATCH. Sign in now at https://mewatch.sg/tokyo2020 and get into the action with Mediacorp, Singapore’s Olympics Network. ============ Inform your views at TODAY: https://www.todayonline.com/​​​ FOLLOW US ON: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/todayonline... Twitter: https://twitter.com/TODAYonline​​​ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/todayonline​​​ Telegram: https://t.me/todayonlinesg​
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Thailand reports daily record of 16,533 new COVID-19 cases
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BANGKOK: Thailand reported on Wednesday (Jul 28) a daily record of 16,533 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country's total accumulated cases to 543,361.The country's COVID-19 task force also reported 133 new deaths, taking total fatalities to 4,397.Download our app or subscribe to our Telegram channel for the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak: https://cna.asia/telegram
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Hong Kong's civil society 'withers' under national security purge
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HONG KONG: Hundreds of elected community leaders in Hong Kong have resigned and dozens of civil society groups have disbanded as China remoulds the finance hub in its own image.Just days before Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law on the city last year, student Wong Yat-chin founded a new group called Student Politicism.He had just finished his exams and wanted to keep opposition voices alive in a city supposedly still guaranteed free speech by setting up small street booths to discuss issues such as democracy and prisoner rights.Since then he has been arrested five times for hosting booths or making speeches."The red lines are being tightened each day," the 20-year-old told AFP.He said some venues have quietly urged his group not to turn up after one was questioned and reminded of anti-coronavirus rules by police recently, a tactic commonly used on the Chinese mainland.
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