Asia Pacific

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Hongkongers in UK ask Suella Braverman to ditch ‘repressive’ anti-protest bill
Exclusive: Letter to home secretary says bill echoes ‘dangerously broad laws’ that result in jailing of protesters

Ben Quinn

29, Jan, 2023 @6:00 PM

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‘It was all for nothing’: Chinese count cost of Xi’s snap decision to let Covid rip
After three years of lockdowns, the country was ill prepared for its abrupt ‘freedom’. Now, with some estimating 1m deaths, public anger is growing

Helen Davidson in Taipei, Verna Yu, and Chi Hui Lin

29, Jan, 2023 @11:00 AM

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‘Everything is fake’: how global crime gangs are using UK shell companies in multi-million pound crypto scams
Investigation reveals more than 150 fake firms, many with ties to China, are targeting people online, breaking their hearts – and emptying their bank accounts.

Shanti Das and Niamh McIntyre

29, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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‘A very big gap’: Pacific businesses desperate for staff as workers leave for Australia and New Zealand
Last year more than 6,600 workers left Samoa for seasonal worker programs, double the number leaving before the pandemic

Oliver Neas

28, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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‘I was a drunk for 20 years’: The unlikely US priest revered in the slums of Bangkok
Father Joe arrived in Bangkok in the 1970’s. Fifty years, 15 schools and 30,000 students later, he credits the community with saving him

Rebecca Root in Bangkok

27, Jan, 2023 @7:00 PM

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China owns vast network of UK real estate, offshore records reveal
Presence of key distribution centres on list of more than 250 properties raises questions about grip on supply chain links

Rob Davies

27, Jan, 2023 @2:45 PM

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Operator accused of ‘gross negligence’ wins $420m contract to manage Australia’s offshore processing on Nauru
Scandal-plagued US firm MTC will be responsible for ‘garrison and welfare’ of around 70 asylum seekers on Pacific island

Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus

27, Jan, 2023 @2:00 PM

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China claims Covid wave has peaked with severe cases, deaths falling fast
But reporting from inside China during the lunar new year period suggests rates of infection and fatalities exceeding official reports

Helen Davidson in Taipei

27, Jan, 2023 @4:31 AM

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Bangkok air pollution prompts advice to work from home
Thai capital’s already bad air made worse by forest fires and burning on farms

Rebecca Ratcliffe South-east Asia correspondent

26, Jan, 2023 @5:20 AM

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Onion smuggling rackets thrive as staple becomes a luxury in Philippines
Millions of dollars’ worth of onions seized by authorities as inflation crisis sees the cost of other basics soar

Rebecca Ratcliffe in Bangkok

26, Jan, 2023 @12:19 AM

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Guinea worm disease could be second ever human illness to be eradicated
As cases fall, the condition that once affected millions of people in Africa and Asia could also be the first to be wiped out without medicines

Lizzy Davies

25, Jan, 2023 @12:20 PM

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Japan and North Korea sound warning as deadly cold snap sweeps across Asia
Extreme weather kills at least one person in Japan and more than 100 in Afghanistan while parts of China hit record low temperatures

Helen Davidson in Taipei and Justin McCurry in Tokyo

25, Jan, 2023 @6:15 AM

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