Japan ‘Twitter killer’ pleads guilty to murders

A Japanese man has pleaded guilty to murdering nine people after contacting them on Twitter, in a high-profile case that has shocked the country. Dubbed the “Twitter killer”, Takahiro Shiraishi…

Chinese teacher sentenced to death for poisoning nursery children

A Chinese court has sentenced a nursery teacher to death for poisoning 25 children, one of whom died. Wang Yun was arrested last year after children at a kindergarten in…

Yoshihide Suga elected as Japan’s new Prime Minister

JAPAN’S Parliament has elected Yoshihide Suga as the country’s new prime minister, following the resignation of Shinzo Abe. After winning the leadership of the governing party earlier this week, Wednesday’s…

Three COVID-19 vaccines at clinical trial stage in India

THREE COVID-19 vaccines are at a clinical trial stage in India and two indigenous vaccine candidates have completed phase one trial, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) DG Dr Balram…

Asia sees first regional recession in 60 years

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) says the Covid-19 pandemic has pulled the region’s developing economies into recession. It is the first time in six decades that “developing Asia” – a…

Yoshihide Suga to succeed Shinzo Abe

JAPAN’S governing party has elected Yoshihide Suga as its new leader to succeed Shinzo Abe, meaning he is almost certain to become the country’s next Prime Minister.Last month Mr Abe…

Kerala plane crash: ‘Black boxes’ from Air India jet found

INVESTIGATORS have found the so-called “black boxes” of a plane that crashed in the southern India state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people. The Air India Express plane, en…

Japan  commemorates Hiroshima anniversary

JAPAN this Thursday marked 75 years since the world’s first atomic bomb attack, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing a scaling back of ceremonies to remember the victims. Survivors, relatives and…

Former Malaysian PM guilty on all charges in corruption trial

FORMER Malaysian Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak has been found guilty of all seven charges in the first of several multi-million dollar corruption trials. He had pleaded not guilty to…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong reports biggest one-day rise in cases

HONG KONG has recorded its highest one-day increase in cases since the pandemic began, the territory’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam has said. At a Sunday press conference, Ms Lam said…