Hemmed in by COVID-19 curbs, Beijingers seek respite in urban outdoors

BEIJING- On a hot, sunny day, children and adults splashed in the cool run-off of the Yongding River in a park on the western outskirts of Beijing, a city under…

Turkey-Africa media summit kicks off

From Adelaide Chikunguru in Istanbul, Turkey The two-day Turkey-Africa Media Summit kicked off today in Istanbul, with Turkey reaffirming its commitment to strengthening cooperation with Africa in the media and…

Beijing ramps up COVID-19 quarantine, Shanghai residents decry uneven rules

BEIJING stepped up quarantine efforts to end its month-old COVID-19 outbreak as fresh signs of frustration emerged in Shanghai, where some bemoaned unfair curbs with the city of 25 million…

Sri Lanka defaults on debt for first time in its history

Sri Lanka has defaulted on its debt for the first time in its history as the country struggles with its worst financial crisis in more than 70 years. It comes…

China’s Shanghai aims to end COVID lockdown by June 1

ALJAZEERA – THE Chinese city of Shanghai has announced plans to reopen gradually after spending more than six weeks in lockdown and stamping out COVID-19 transmission in 15 of its…

Building fire kills 27 in New Delhi, police arrest company owners

REUTERS -NEW DELHI- Police in New Delhi arrested two people suspected of flouting fire safety regulations on Saturday after at least 27 people died in a blaze at a building…

China gives up 2023 Asian Cup hosting rights

REUTERS-HONG KONG – China will no longer host the 2023 Asian Cup finals due to the COVID-19 situation in the country, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Saturday, adding…

Shanghai hunkers down for final COVID-19 battle, Beijing outbreak stubborn

REUTERS-SHANGHAI/BEIJING- Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions,…

China’s factory inflation defies global surge, leaving room for stimulus

REUTERS-BEIJING- China’s factory-gate inflation eased to a one-year low in April as state-driven production efforts supported supply and COVID-19 lockdowns in key industries cooled demand, giving policymakers headroom for more…

China’s sea levels touched new high in 2021, govt study shows

REUTERS -SHANGHAI- China’s sea levels reached their highest on record last year, swelled by rising water temperatures and the melting of glaciers and polar icecaps, the government said in a…