Asia & Pacific

Chinese Central Bank Rolls Out Digital Yuan in a First for Major Economy

Chinese Central Bank Rolls Out Digital Yuan in a First for Major Economy

The project of a national digital currency has been in the works in China since 2014, with the People’s Bank…
Calls for Probe into Scientology’s Charity Status in Australia after Media Investigate Finances

Calls for Probe into Scientology’s Charity Status in Australia after Media Investigate Finances

Many groups and individuals have challenged Scientology’s legitimacy as a religion since its foundation by US science fiction writer L.…
China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet Flies Without Luneburg Lens, Shows Combat Readiness

China’s J-20 Stealth Fighter Jet Flies Without Luneburg Lens, Shows Combat Readiness

The J-20, the most advanced, stealth-capable fighter jet of the PLA Air Force, has entered the next level of combat…
North Korea Opting Out of Tokyo Olympics Amid COVID-19 Concerns – Reports

North Korea Opting Out of Tokyo Olympics Amid COVID-19 Concerns – Reports

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – North Korea will not participate in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic,…
Chinese, US Navies Hold Dueling Carrier Drills in Seas Off China’s Coast

Chinese, US Navies Hold Dueling Carrier Drills in Seas Off China’s Coast

The US has stepped up its drills off China’s coast in recent years, holding multiple carrier drills as well as…
5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes New Zealand, EMSC Says

5.8-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes New Zealand, EMSC Says

The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 30 km, seismologists said. No injuries or damage have…
East Timor Plans Disaster Relief as Flood Leaves 27 Dead, 7,000 Displaced

East Timor Plans Disaster Relief as Flood Leaves 27 Dead, 7,000 Displaced

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The government of the island state of East Timor on 5 April announced that it has stepped…
More Than 20 People Reportedly Killed in Ferry Crash in Bangladesh – Photo

More Than 20 People Reportedly Killed in Ferry Crash in Bangladesh – Photo

NEW DELHI (Sputnik) – A ferry sank in the Shitalakkha river near the city of Narayanganj in central Bangladesh, killing…
Australian Minister Blames Slow Vaccine Rollout on EU’s Toughened Export Control

Australian Minister Blames Slow Vaccine Rollout on EU’s Toughened Export Control

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Australian Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud blamed his country’s fall-back on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout scheme…
Manila Warns Beijing Its ‘Incursions’ in South China Sea Could Trigger ‘Unwanted Hostilities’

Manila Warns Beijing Its ‘Incursions’ in South China Sea Could Trigger ‘Unwanted Hostilities’

The Philippines previously spotted unknown structures installed on a series of Manila-claimed islands and reefs in the disputed South China…
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