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Over 1,200 people in Nepal killed themselves during 74 days of lockdown

06/15/2020

KATHMANDU — On Saturday, 38-year-old Bhagwati attempted to kill herself at her home in Dolakha. Her children yelled for help. But by the time neighbors arrived, she was already unconscious. She was rushed to the district hospital,…

N. Korea continues to up tensions, Seoul says will honor agreements

06/15/2020

SEOUL — South Korea on Sunday vowed to honor reconciliatory agreements reached between the two Koreas and called on the North to do so, while reiterating a staunch military readiness against any potential provocation by the North.…

Report: 40,000 cruise ship workers still trapped at sea

AP 06/15/2020

The Miami Herald reports that at least 42,000 workers remain trapped on cruise ships without paychecks, and some still are suffering from COVID-19, three months after the industry shut down. Cruise lines stopped sailing in mid-March after…

Second wave fears as China reports most new cases in months

AFP 06/14/2020

BEIJING — China reported its highest daily number of new coronavirus cases in months on Sunday, warning of a second wave as more European countries prepared to reopen their borders. The shock resurgence in domestic infections has…

Bolivian schoolteacher gives virtual classes as superhero

AP 06/14/2020

LA PAZ, Bolivia  — Sometimes, Jorge Manolo Villarroel is Spiderman. Sometimes, he’s the Flash, or the Green Lantern. But he’s always a teacher — one who lives out his childhood dreams by dressing up as superheroes for…

6.6-magnitude quake strikes off coast of Japan: USGS

AFP 06/14/2020

TOKYO, Japan – A strong but deep 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of southwest Japan early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. There were no immediate reports of injury or…

UN health chief: Fighting virus very hard in divided world

Associated Press 06/13/2020

  GENEVA — The head of the World Health Organization said Friday he is “truly concerned” about divisions the coronavirus has created globally and within individual countries, calling it an “invisible but a very small virus causing…

Parts of Beijing locked down due to fresh virus cluster

Agence France Presse 06/13/2020

BEIJING–Eleven residential estates in south Beijing have been locked down due to a fresh cluster of coronavirus cases linked to a nearby meat market, officials said on Saturday. Seven cases have so far been linked to Xinfadi…

Hong Kong protest marks anniversary of violent police clash

Associated Press 06/12/2020

  HONG KONG — More than 100 protesters in Hong Kong marched and shouted slogans during a lunchtime protest Friday in a luxury shopping mall marking the one-year anniversary of a clash with police outside the semi-autonomous…

Study warns of poverty surge to over 1 billion due to virus

Associated Press 06/12/2020

LONDON  — Global poverty is set to rise above one billion people once again as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which is reducing the income of the world’s poorest by $500 million a day, according to…

South Korea’s new COVID-19 cases becoming harder to track

06/11/2020

SEOUL, South Korea  — South Korea has reported 45 new cases of COVID-19, all but two of them in the greater capital area, continuing a weekslong resurgence that health authorities fear will develop into a massive wave.…

New virus cases spike again in S. Korea, most traced to cluster infections in greater Seoul

The Korea Herald/Asia News Network 06/10/2020

SEOUL — South Korea’s new virus cases spiked again Wednesday as sporadic cluster infections continued in the greater Seoul area, prodding health authorities to consider more stringent social distancing in the densely populated area. The country added…

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