Category: Asia & Pacific

US and Canada Set up Women’s Soccer Semifinal Date With Penalty Shootout Wins

TOKYO—The United States and Canada set up a mouth-watering semifinal in the women’s Olympic soccer tournament with both teams having prevailed in penalty shootouts on Friday. After the United States and the Netherlands were locked at 2–2 following 90 minutes and extra time, Dutch striker Vivianne Miedema and defender Aniek Nouwen had their spot kicks […]

UK ‘Closing In’ on Free Trade Agreement With New Zealand

The UK is “closing in on an agreement in principle” in trade talks with New Zealand, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has said. She said “great progress” has been made in the sixth round of talks between the two countries which ran from July 19-30. The prospect of a deal with Australia has prompted controversy, […]

After Narrow Escape From Home Fire, American Jones Eyes Gold

TOKYO—After losing most of her home and thousands of dollars worth of boxing equipment in a fire in May, U.S. welterweight Oshae Jones said her eyes were on the gold prize now she was assured of a medal at the Tokyo Games. “I had a vision of me standing on the podium and I practise […]

McKeon on for Record Haul, Dressel Goes for High Five

TOKYO—Australian Emma McKeon could bow out of Tokyo 2020 on Sunday as the first female swimmer to win seven medals at a single Olympics. No Australian has ever won that many in one Games and Russian gymnast Maria Gorokhovskaya, in 1952, is the only woman to have achieved seven in any other sport. McKeon goes […]

Airlift Begins for Afghans Who Worked for US During Its Longest War

WASHINGTON—Some 200 Afghans were set to begin new lives in the United States on Friday as an airlift got underway for translators and others who risk Taliban retaliation because they worked for the United States during its 20-year war in Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. The operation to evacuate U.S.-affiliated Afghans and family members comes as […]

China-Taliban Ties Warming Ahead of US Withdrawal

Chinese foreign minister met Wednesday with a delegation of high-level Taliban representatives as ties between them warm ahead of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan. A photo posted on the ministry’s website showed Wang Yi posing with senior Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and his delegation in the city of Tianjin, then sitting down to […]

HK Protester Sentenced to 9 Years in First National Security Law Case

HONG KONG—A pro-democracy protester was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison in the closely-watched first case under Hong Kong’s national security law as the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) tightens control over the territory. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was convicted of inciting secession and terrorism for driving his motorcycle into a group of police officers […]

New Zealand Closes Australia Travel Bubble

The Australia-New Zealand travel bubble will close from midnight on Friday in response to outbreaks of the CCP virus in Australia, effectively shutting out the rest of the world once again. This comes after the NZ government allowed a seven-day grace period to allow eligible travellers in Australia—except in the state of New South Wales, […]

‘Low Tolerance’: As 1,000 Police Ready for Protests Against Sydney Lockdowns

Up to a thousand police officers will be at the ready for individuals attending protests against COVID lockdowns in Sydney this weekend. It follows an earlier announcement that 300 Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have been called in to assist police with compliance with COVID restrictions. New South Wales (NSW) Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said […]

Aid Scarce for Those Still Affected by Henan Flooding, Locals Claim

As devastating floods begin to recede in China’s Henan Province, several cities are still underwater after one week. Citizens in the city of Weihui have used social media to plea for water, food, and shelter in the face of minimal government assistance since July 22. Flooding affected half of Weihui’s 600,000 residents, and displaced about […]