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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks Indonesia; tsunami unlikelyA strong undersea earthquake has hit off the coast of Indonesia’s main island of Java, but no injuries or serious damage were reported immediately
The Associated Press37 minutes ago
A 23-year-old man, Tong Ying-kit, arrives at a court in a police van in Hong Kong Monday, July 6, 2020. Tong has become the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new national security law, for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time" slogan. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Facebook, others block requests on Hong Kong user dataFacebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, Google and Twitter will deny law enforcement requests for user data in Hong Kong as they assess the effect of a new national security law enacted last week
The Associated Press10 hours ago
India, China both say border disengagement process under wayIndia and China say they had made progress disengaging frontline troops from a months-long standoff along a disputed part of their border where a brawl in June left 20 Indian soldiers dead
The Associated Press13 hours ago
China criticizes US joint carrier drills in South China Sea China is accusing the U.S. of flexing its military muscles in the South China Sea by conducting joint exercises with two U.S. aircraft carrier groups in the strategic waterway
The Associated Press14 hours ago
40 dead in Japan floods, as more areas warned of heavy rainThe death toll from three days of heavy rain and flooding in southern Japan has risen to 40, including 14 who drowned at a riverside nursing home, as rescuers search for 10 missing people and rain threatens wider areas of the main island of Kyushu
The Associated Press14 hours ago
China's Inner Mongolia region reports bubonic plague caseWhile China appears to have reduced coronavirus cases to near zero, other infectious threats remain, with local health authorities announcing a suspected bubonic plague case in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region
The Associated Press14 hours ago
Police guard access to housing commission apartments under lockdown in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday, July 6, 2020. The hard-hit Australian state of Victoria recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in coronavirus cases on Monday as authorities prepare to close its border with New South Wales. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)
Australia to shut state border as Melbourne infections surgeAustralian authorities are preparing to close the border between the country’s two largest states, as the country’s second-largest city, Melbourne, recorded two deaths and its highest-ever daily increase in infections on Monday
The Associated Press16 hours ago
SKorean officials vow to look into triathlete's abuse claimsTop South Korean officials  have offered a public apology and vowed to delve into the death of a triathlete who had repeatedly told government and sports bodies she had been abused by her team coach and others
The Associated Press17 hours ago
Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike speaks at a news conference after winning a second term to head the Japanese capital, in Tokyo Sunday, July 5, 2020. (Kyodo News via AP)
Tokyo governor, Abe say they'll cooperate on virus, OlympicsTokyo's governor and her political rival, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, have agreed to cooperate on handling the coronavirus outbreak to safely hold the Olympics next year
The Associated Press18 hours ago
Hundreds evacuated after oil spill in central PhilippinesMore than 400 people have been evacuated from a coastal village in the central Philippines after about 250,000 liters (66,000 gallons) of bunker fuel spilled from a power-generating barge into the sea
The Associated Press18 hours ago
A 23-year-old man, Tong Ying-kit, arrives at a court in a police van in Hong Kong Monday, July 6, 2020. Tong has become the first person in Hong Kong to be charged under the new national security law, for allegedly driving a motorcycle into a group of policemen while bearing a flag with the "Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time" slogan. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
Hong Kong police granted sweeping powers under security lawIn implementing the national security law for Hong Kong, police will have sweeping authority that allows them to take actions, including conducting searches without a warrant, restricting suspects from leaving the city, and intercepting communications
The Associated Press20 hours ago
FILE - In this March 6, 2020, file photo, Cathay Pacific and Hong Kong Express aircraft line up on the tarmac at the Hong Kong International Airport. Hong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, said Monday, July 6, 2020 it will gradually resume flights on Aug. 2 as Asian governments ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions. HK Express suspended all flights in March as governments tightened border controls. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
Low-cost airline HK Express resuming flights in AugustHong Kong low-cost airline HK Express, part of the Cathay Pacific Group, says it will gradually resume flights on Aug. 2 as Asian governments ease coronavirus-related travel restrictions
The Associated Press20 hours ago
A man lowers his mask to smoke as he passes by a statue in the likeness of The Thinker in Beijing, China on Monday, July 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Asia Today: Australian state's cases spike, borders to shutThe hard-hit Australian state of Victoria recorded a death and its highest-ever daily increase in coronavirus cases as authorities prepare to close its border with New South Wales
The Associated Press20 hours ago
In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, second from right, and his counterpart from Somaliland, Yasin Hagi Mohamoud, prepare to sign an agreement for setting up representative offices in their respective territories in Taipei on Feb. 26,2020. Taiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland, according to a July 1, 2020 post on the on the Taiwanese foreign ministry's website. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs via AP)
Bucking China pressure, Taiwan, Somaliland establish tiesTaiwan has scored a rare diplomatic victory in establishing relations with the independent region of Somaliland
The Associated Press20 hours ago
A woman takes a photo of a movie ticket outside the Scala theater Friday, July 3, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Scala theater has shut its doors after 51 years as a shrine for Thai movie-goers. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)
Thais bid addio to theater where they fell in love with filmBangkok’s Scala theater was where Thais cheered Hollywood heroes, laughed at quirky comedies and fell in love with film
The Associated Press20 hours ago
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