Rugby’s Hong Kong, Singapore Sevens await fate as virus hammers Asian sport

RUGBY’s Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens were expected to be postponed on Thursday as Asian sport reels from the coronavirus, with the Chinese Grand Prix, golf and football fixtures among…

Japan cruise ship virus cases jump to 218 as elderly offered escape

JAPAN said Thursday it would allow some elderly passengers off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging, as the number of new coronavirus cases on the vessel jumped to…

Virus death toll soars as China changes counting methods

CHINA’s official death toll from the new coronavirus spiked dramatically on Thursday after authorities changed their counting methods, fuelling concern the epidemic is far worse than being reported. As the…

Eight days in Wuhan, cut off from the world

FOR eight days, an AFP team lived and worked at the centre of a global health emergency, witnessing how life in the Chinese city of Wuhan was turned upside down…

Suicide attack in Kabul leaves civilian casualties: official

A SUICIDE attack rocked the Afghan capital Kabul early Tuesday, the interior ministry said, with civilian casualties feared in what appeared to be the first major assault in the city…

Grief swells as Thais mourn 29 killed in mass shooting

GRIEVING relatives of 29 people murdered by a rogue soldier in Thailand held tearful Buddhist prayer ceremonies Monday, as fresh details emerged of shoppers cowering in terror while the gunman…

Coronavirus chaos ravages Asia’s sporting calendar

THE chaos in China’s sporting programme caused by the deadly coronavirus outbreak, which has already forced China to cancel or reschedule a host of events, is spreading into Asia’s sporting…

China stutters back to work as virus deaths rise

MILLIONS of people in China returned to work Monday after an extended holiday aimed at slowing the spread of a coronavirus, with the extra travel deepening contagion concerns as the…

Thailand shooting: Soldier who killed 26 in Korat shot dead

A soldier who killed 26 people in a gun rampage in the Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima has been shot dead by the security forces, Thai police say. Jakraphanth Thomma…

Shaheen, Abbas redcue Bangladesh to 172-6 in first Test

LANKY paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi led a spirited Pakistan attack to keep Bangladesh down to 172-6 at tea on the opening day of the first Test in Rawalpindi. Shaheen (3-45)…