Asia Pacific

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‘Vanity projects’: China to introduce tighter limits on skyscrapers
Buildings higher than 250 metres to be banned in cities with fewer than 3 million people

Vincent Ni China affairs correspondent

28, Oct, 2021 @12:02 PM

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Face mask row in Japan over cost of 80m left in storage unused
Government facing ridicule over ‘Abenomasks’ as it denies wasting large amounts of taxpayers’ money

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

28, Oct, 2021 @8:42 AM

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New Zealand’s South Island records first Covid cases in major city in over a year
Experts called for stronger protections between North and South Islands after news that one case had recently arrived from Auckland

Tess McClure in Christchurch

27, Oct, 2021 @10:17 PM

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A catamaran and a plan: desperate to get home, New Zealanders set sail across the Tasman
With government-controlled quarantine spots in very short supply and long waiting lists for flights home, some stranded citizens are taking to the seas

Eva Corlett in Wellington

27, Oct, 2021 @2:43 AM

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‘It is bullying, pure and simple’: being a woman in Japanese politics
Harassment is common for women who run for office and female MPs comprise just 9.9% of lower house

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

27, Oct, 2021 @12:07 AM

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Japan’s Princess Mako marries and loses royal status
Emperor Naruhito’s niece and her college sweetheart make announcement at press conference

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

26, Oct, 2021 @1:18 PM

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Businesses in Thailand urge government to reverse alcohol ban
Borders to open after 18 months of Covid restrictions that did ‘catastrophic damage’ to tourism sector

Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent

26, Oct, 2021 @1:17 PM

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Squid Game’s creator: ‘I’m not that rich. It’s not like Netflix paid me a bonus’
The smash hit survival drama has earned Netflix £650m. But the stress of making it cost Hwang Dong-hyuk six teeth – and he hasn’t been paid any extra. He reveals the family disaster that inspired his hyper-violent capitalism satire

Stuart Jeffries

26, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Mass burial to relieve overflowing Papua New Guinea morgue as Covid cases surge
Follows attacks on Covid nurses in the country where less than 1% of the population is fully vaccinated

Leanne Jorari in Port Moresby and agencies

26, Oct, 2021 @3:57 AM

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Bat ‘winning by quite a lot’ in New Zealand’s Bird of the Year contest
Trailing the bat in second place was the kākāpō – a large, flightless parrot and the competition’s reigning champ from last year

Tess McClure in Christchurch

26, Oct, 2021 @2:48 AM

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Sean Wainui: coroner investigating death of New Zealand rugby player
The 25-year-old, who played for Super Rugby team the Chiefs, Bay of Plenty and the Māori All Blacks, died on 18 October

Eva Corlett

26, Oct, 2021 @1:35 AM

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‘They created monsters’: How New Zealand’s brutal welfare system produced criminals
Rangi Wickliffe was one of many Māori children repeatedly abused in welfare institutions including the notorious Lake Alice psychiatric hospital

Aaron Smale in Wellington

25, Oct, 2021 @7:00 PM

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