Final death toll from Florida condominium collapse put at 98

The partially collapsed Champlain Towers South residential building is demolished, in Surfside, Florida, on July 4, 2021.Reuters Remains of the last person still listed as missing in the collapse of a Florida condominium tower on June 24 have been recovered and identified, bringing the final confirmed death toll to 98, Miami-Dade County officials said on [...]

South, North Korea have restored hotlines as leaders seek to rebuild ties

South Korean soldiers stand guard at the truce village of Panmunjom inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, South Korea, May 1, 2019.Reuters South and North Korea have restored hotlines that Pyongyang severed a year ago when ties deteriorated sharply, with renewed efforts by the two countries' leaders to rebuild relations, the South's [...]

Chinese parents fret after government bans for-profit tutoring firms

A girl carrying a schoolbag stands near an outlet of private educational services provider New Oriental Education and Technology Group in Beijing, China, on July 26, 2021.Reuters Anxious Chinese parents were rushing to hire private tutors to help their children navigate a fiercely competitive education system after the government moved last week to rein in [...]

Malaysia’s striking doctors defiant after police probe, vow further action ‘if promises are not kept’

Malaysian contract doctors who staged a wildcat walkout on Monday in protest over unfair treatment are satisfied with the wide public attention their industrial action has received and will co-operate with police investigations, according to a spokesman. Organisers of the Hartal Doktor Kontrak - or "contract doctors' strike" - estimated that some 6,000 to 8,000 [...]

Putin says Russian navy can carry out ‘unpreventable strike’ if needed

The Russian navy can detect any enemy and launch an "unpreventable strike" if needed, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday (July 25), weeks after a UK warship angered Moscow by passing the Crimea peninsula. "We are capable of detecting any underwater, above-water, airborne enemy and, if required, carry out an unpreventable strike against it," Putin [...]

Bubble burst: New Zealand suspends quarantine-free travel with Australia

Passengers arrive from New Zealand after the Trans-Tasman travel bubble opened overnight, following an extended border closure due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 16, 2020.Reuters New Zealand will pause its quarantine-free travel arrangement with Australia for at least eight weeks starting Friday (July 23) night, Prime Minister [...]

Philippines to bar travel from Malaysia, Thailand to curb Delta’s spread

Passengers, mostly Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) queue at the departure area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines, on June 1, 2021.Reuters The Philippines will ban travellers coming from Malaysia and Thailand, as well as tighten restrictions in the Manila area, in a bid to prevent [...]

China floods: Good Samaritans show flood-hit Zhengzhou residents kindness

A handout photo. People take shelter in a cinema in Zhengzhou.South China Morning Post Business owners and residents in the city of Zhengzhou, which has been hit by severe flooding, have given a helping hand to those affected by the natural disaster. The extreme weather in Zhengzhou and neighbouring areas has left at least 33 people [...]

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul on the ‘Bendera Putih’ campaign, job losses and standing for election

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz.Twitter/tzafrul_aziz Malaysia ’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz spoke to the South China Morning Post on a wide range of issues concerning the National Recovery Plan, a four-phase road map for the country to progressively reopen its economy by the end of the year. While Malaysia’s heaving health care [...]

Govt announces $1.1b Covid-19 relief package for companies and workers

A $1.1 billion support package that includes enhanced wage subsidies under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS), and rental relief, more support for drivers of taxis and private-hire vehicles and a new relief fund for market and hawker centre stallholders will be rolled out to cushion businesses and workers from the impact of harsher Covid-19 restrictions. JSS support [...]