south and central asia

europe November 27, 2021

Fears for Peng Shuai’s safety after sexual assault claim

Human rights groups want proof of Chinese tennis player’s wellbeing. Venezuela’s opposition performs dismally in polls for governors and mayors. Austria locks down as Covid-19 cases grow again in Europe.

europe November 20, 2021

Biden, Xi tackle tensions, but Taiwan a sticking point

Kiribati wants commercial fishing to return in World Heritage-listed marine reserve. Gangs are stopping fuel supplies in Haiti to pressure caretaker PM to resign. Portugal enacts laws to support staff working from home.

middle east November 6, 2021

British fishing trawler sparks diplomatic row with France

Tonga goes into lockdown after repatriation flight brings first case of Covid-19. Egypt lifts state of emergency but new laws give more powers to the president and military. Japan’s new leader Fumio Kishida secures election win.

africa October 30, 2021

China and Russia forging a partnership ‘for the new era’

Papua New Guinea in dire situation due to vaccine hesitancy. General says he staged a coup to avoid civil war in Sudan. A Facebook experiment shows how the platform spreads hate speech.

europe October 23, 2021

Myanmar releases political detainees after ASEAN stand

China denies testing a hypersonic missile at low orbit. International tourists are set to return to Fiji. Sebastian Kurz out again as Austria’s leader over embezzlement allegations.

africa October 16, 2021

China blasts Abbott’s ‘insane’ visit to Taiwan

Prime Minister James Marape’s mixed messages on Papua New Guinea and Covid-19. Bangladesh is moving 100,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote Bay of Bengal island. The trial begins over 1987 assassination of Burkina Faso leader Thomas Sankara.

europe October 9, 2021

China sends dozens of jets into Taiwan’s defence zone

Jacinda Ardern abandons Covid-zero strategy. Singapore’s foreign interference law labelled Kafkaesque. Pandora Papers reveal Czech PM’s chateau and the property portfolios of wealthy world leaders.

europe October 2, 2021

Germany waits for coalition after 16 years of Angela Merkel

Social Democratic Party leader Olaf Scholz appears most likely to be next chancellor. Vanuatu pushes for urgent action on climate change. US–China hostage diplomacy sends two Michaels and Meng Wanzhou home.

asia pacific September 18, 2021

UN warns of mass starvation, Afghanistan to ‘enter the abyss’

Covid-19 outbreak in French Polynesia. France grants citizenship to migrant frontline workers. Surging consumer demand causes global shipping bottlenecks.

africa September 11, 2021

Women swept aside as Afghanistan renamed

The Taliban begin second Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Papua New Guinea struggles with vaccine rollout due to misinformation. El Salvador adopts bitcoin as legal tender.

asia pacific September 4, 2021

Biden calls Kabul evacuation an extraordinary success

Alleged mastermind of Bali bombings on trial in Cuba. China limits online gaming for under 18s. United Nations marks success of global ban on leaded petrol as Algeria runs out.