Asia

China will supply coronavirus vaccines to Pakistan as part of an agreement for vaccine trials to take place in the South Asian nation, according to Pakistani government officials

The pro-democracy Apple Daily newspaper founder and prominent Beijing critic was released after his arrest triggered an outpouring of support among the opposition as authorities enforce a new national security law.

The Rajapaksa family cemented its grip on Sri Lanka in parliamentary elections, according to results released Friday, gaining enough seats to push through constitutional changes increasing executive power.

The city’s expatriate community is shrinking, as new restrictions by China on speech and political activities and a tumultuous year of protests have diminished the allure of living and working in the Asian financial hub.

Australia’s second-largest city is imposing a tough new six-week citywide lockdown in a bid to more quickly suppress the spread of the coronavirus despite widespread community transmission.

Lee Teng-hui, who as Taiwan’s first native-born president steered the island’s transition to democracy, became its first popularly elected leader and championed a sense of Taiwanese identity separate from mainland China, has died.

A newly formed national-security police squad arrested four students on Wednesday for alleged secessionist activities on social media, the first such swoop on opposition activists since China imposed the controversial legislation four weeks ago.

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and fined nearly $50 million by a Malaysian court that found him guilty of abuse of power in connection with one of the world’s largest financial scandals that resulted in his defeat in the country’s 2018 elections.

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