Countries in Asia are placing orders for a new drug to treat coronavirus. Poorer nations could miss out again

Experts say while the pill looks promising, they worry some people will use it as an alternative to vaccines, which still offer the best protection. And they caution that Asia’s race to stock up on the pill could see a repeat of the vaccine grab last year, when wealthier countries were accused of hoarding doses … Read more

‘Doomsday’: China doubles down on Taiwan

It’s a flare-up that doesn’t seem to be going away and now Beijing has set out its plan to “unify” with this country, but there is strong resistance. This is Taiwan’s “last madness” before “doomsday” threatens China’s Communist Party. “The hope of a peaceful solution to the Taiwan question is declining sharply,” China’s state-controlled Global … Read more

Drop Pat or Mitch … it may be Australia’s best hope

One is billed as the next Test skipper, the other is a T20 legend … but there may not be room for both as Australia searches for its strongest line-up at the T20 World Cup. Mitchell Starc might be one of only two Australians in Twenty20 cricket’s top 20, but Josh Hazlewood is poised to … Read more

Exclusive: Uyghur jailbreak complicates Taliban’s ties with China

Suhail Shaheen, a Taliban spokesman, told the South China Morning Post the movement would no longer allow Uyghur fighters from Xinjiang, some of whom had previously sought refuge in Afghanistan, to enter the country. “We care about the oppression of Muslims, be it in Palestine, in Myanmar, or in China, and we care about the … Read more

China isn’t about to invade Taiwan. But the two sides are on a dangerous path

Beijing has cast waves of aggression toward the island ever since the former Nationalist government fled there at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. But that doesn’t mean there’s no reason for alarm. Beijing is piling military, economic and diplomatic pressure on Taiwan to achieve its longterm goal of “One China” — … Read more

US offers to pay families of Afghans killed in drone attack

Washington also promises to help family members who were interested to relocate to the US following botched operation. The Pentagon has offered unspecified condolence payments to the family of 10 civilians who were killed in a botched US drone attack in Afghanistan in August during the final days before American troops withdrew from the country. … Read more

Ex-Taliban commander pleads not guilty to killing US troops

Haji Najibullah, charged in relation to 2008 attack on US troops in Afghanistan, says accusations are ‘incorrect’. The lawyer for an ex-Taliban commander charged with killing American troops in Afghanistan in 2008 has said it is “preposterous” to charge his client in deaths that occurred in a war the United States started. Haji Najibullah, 45, … Read more

More than 30 killed as suicide attack rocks mosque in Afghanistan’s Kandahar

It is the second week running that an attack has targeted Friday prayers at a Shia mosque. The majority of Afghans practice Sunni Islam. “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan officials in Kandahar have said, 32 people lost their lives and more than 68 others were wounded after three back-to-back explosions occurred inside Imam Bargah mosque (Shia) … Read more

Suicide attack on Shiite mosque in Afghanistan kills 7

Suicide bombers assaulted a Shiite mosque in southern Afghanistan that was packed with worshippers attending weekly Friday prayers, killing at least seven people and wounding more than a dozen By SAMYA KULLAB and TAMEEM AKHGAR Associated Press October 15, 2021, 10:34 AM • 2 min read Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article KABUL, Afghanistan … Read more