Asia ramps up coronavirus curbs as new clusters erupt

07/14/2020

SYDNEY/TOKYO (Reuters) – Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections. […]

Asian shares retreat as virus and Sino-U.S. tensions flare

07/14/2020

SINGAPORE/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Asian stock markets slipped on Tuesday, oil sagged and a safety bid supported the dollar as simmering Sino-U.S. tensions and fresh coronavirus restrictions in California kept a lid on investor optimism as earnings season gets underway. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares […]

Australia business conditions rebound in June, before fresh lockdown

07/14/2020

SYDNEY, July 14 (Reuters) – A measure of Australian business conditions showed a sharp recovery in activity and confidence in June as much of the economy reopened from coronavirus lockdowns, though a fresh outbreak in Melbourne threatens to darken the mood once more. National Australia […]

US COVID-19: LA and San Diego pupils will not return to classroom

07/13/2020

California’s two largest public school districts will resume online-only learning when their terms begin in August. The Los Angeles and San Diego unified school districts announced plans on Monday to resume instruction in August with online teaching only, citing “skyrocketing” coronavirus infection rates in the […]

War crimes prosecutors question Kosovo leader Thaci in The Hague

07/13/2020

‘Nobody can rewrite history’, Thaci says, before answering questions on his alleged war crimes committed in the 1990s. Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has arrived for questioning by war crimes prosecutors in The Hague for the first time, saying that “nobody can rewrite history” over his […]

Indian royal dynasty keep control of one of world's richest temples

07/13/2020

NEW DELHI/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court on Monday upheld the right of a former royal dynasty to run the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, one of the world’s richest places of worship, after the state government tried to take it over when the family patriarch died. […]