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Asia ramps up coronavirus curbs as new clusters erupt

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) - Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections. Learn More


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U.S. rejects China's claims in South China Sea, adding to tensions

WASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States on Monday rejected China's claims to offshore resources in most of the South China Sea, drawing criticism from China which said the U.S. position raised tension in the region, highlighting an increasingly testy relationship. More »


More fighting as Taiwan opposition again occupies parliament

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's main opposition party again occupied parliament on Tuesday to protest against the nomination of a close aide to the president to a top-level watchdog, after fighting with ruling party lawmakers to get into the building. More »


Beijing's Hong Kong office warns pro-democracy poll could violate new security law

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Beijing's top representative office in Hong Kong has warned the pro-democracy opposition's primary elections at the weekend could violate a new national security law, exacerbating concerns over a crackdown on the former British colony's democracy movement. More »


Malaysia's opposition gearing up for snap polls, says potential PM candidate

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's opposition is preparing for early elections after a crucial vote in the lower house this week showed Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may lack a parliamentary majority, said Mohd Shafie Apdal, a potential rival for the premiership. More »


Record floods raise questions about China's Three Gorges Dam

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - As China counts the costs of its most punishing flood season in more than three decades, the role played by the massive and controversial Three Gorges Dam - designed to help tame the Yangtze river - has come under fresh scrutiny. More »


Ukraine: it's too early to blame human error for downing of passenger plane in Iran

KYIV (Reuters) - Ukraine's foreign minister said on Tuesday it was soon to blame human error for the shooting down of a Ukrainian passenger airliner near Tehran in January, challenging the findings of Iran's Civil Aviation Organisation (CAO). More »


Catalan politician suspects that he was target of state phone tapping

MADRID (Reuters) - The speaker of Catalonia's regional parliament Roger Torrent suspects he was spied upon by the Spanish state via phone tapping, a spokesman said on Tuesday, confirming a report first published by the Guardian and El Pais newspapers. More »


India's tech hub Bengaluru, other towns back in lockdown as coronavirus infections surge

BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections, threatening to derail government efforts to revive a stuttering economy. More »


UK COVID-19 death toll nears 56,000 including suspected cases: Reuters tally

LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom's COVID-19 death toll has hit 55,873, including suspected cases, according to a Reuters tally of official data sources that underline the country's status as one of the worst hit in the world. More »


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