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In South Korea, ‘devil’ sex-ring leader’s identity reveal unleashes public fury

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Last month, for the first time in South Korea’s history, police in Seoul revealed the face of a sex offender to the public – a move that is seen by female activists as a change in tone for authorities in a country where police previously only disclosed the personal information of those accused of murder.It came after nearly 2.7 million people signed an online petition to the presidential office demanding the release of the personal information of the ringleader – now known as 24-year-old Cho Ju…



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China’s Huangshan mountains swamped with visitors as country tries to ease coronavirus lockdown

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A popular mountain range in southeast China was forced to close after tens of thousands of people flocked to its trails over the weekend.The crowds flocking to the Huangshan, or Yellow Mountains, in Anhui province highlight the difficulties the country may face in future as it tries to get back to normal while keeping Covid-19 under control.Starting from Saturday, the Anhui provincial government had been offering free entry to 29 sites, including Huangshan, to boost visitor numbers.Visitors…



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Coronavirus: WHO, sports stars slam French doctors’ ‘racist’ suggestion to trial vaccine in Africa

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The heads of the World Health Organisation’s regional office for Africa and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have described suggestions made by two French doctors that a potential vaccine for the coronavirus be tested in Africa as “deeply upsetting” and “unfortunate”.Speaking on French television channel LCI on Wednesday, Professors Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht said the drug should be tested first in Africa “where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care”.Dr…



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It will take more than just a vaccine to fight coronavirus

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The world is in a frantic race to develop a vaccine for Covid-19, but it also needs to do some serious soul-searching as to whether a vaccine is the be-all and end-all to combat this devastating pandemic.Just as finding a medical solution is crucial, so is the need for solidarity and cooperation instead of finger pointing and gloating over others’ suffering. And this need has become critical for whatever meaningful joint efforts can be made by China and the US against a common enemy.If the two…



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Coronavirus: stress over university entrance exams has skyrocketed amid Hong Kong school closures, study finds

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The stress levels of Hong Kong students sitting for the upcoming university entrance examination are at an all-time high amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced schools to close, according to a study released on Sunday.The study, comprising two polls conducted by the student counselling group Hok Yau Club in January and March, also indicates the coronavirus’ impact on candidates’ study has been far greater than that of the social unrest that has plagued the city since last June.The…



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Coronavirus: after long wait, 65 Hongkongers arrive home after weeks stranded in Peru

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Sixty-five Hong Kong residents stranded in Peru finally flew back to the city on Sunday afternoon with the help of the authorities, but the city government is being urged to assist residents stuck in India and elsewhere to also come home.The residents took a government-chartered flight from the Peruvian capital Lima to London, where they boarded a regular flight back to Hong Kong. After landing at 4.15pm, they were taken in coaches from the airport tarmac to AsiaWorld-Expo, which the government…



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Spain’s health workers overburdened and undersupplied in coronavirus fight

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Overburdened hospitals and a shortage of protective measures and tests are taking a toll on Spanish medical professionals who are contracting Covid-19 – the illness caused by the new coronavirus – at an alarming rate.To date, more than 15,000 health professionals in Spain – about 14 per cent of the national total – have been infected. In contrast, Italy reported that health workers accounted for about 10 per cent of its infections.“I have tried to be careful, but when you work in a hospital, no…



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Coronavirus: Hong Kong records 28 new infections, taking total to 890

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The mother of a six-week-old baby boy who previously tested positive for the coronavirus was among28 cases confirmed in Hong Kong on Sunday, taking the total to 890.Dr Chuang Shuk-kwan, head of the communicable disease branch at the Centre for Health Protection, said the mother began to show symptoms when she was about to move to a quarantine centre on Friday.The infant was confirmed as the city’s youngest Covid-19 case on Wednesday, with authorities saying he was held by a family friend, also…



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Coronavirus: China reports new infections as country remains on guard against imported cases

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China confirmed 30 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, five of which were domestic cases in southern Guangdong province, including two children aged eight and three.The new cases take the country’s official total to 81,669. Three more people had died as of Saturday, bringing the death toll to 3,329, the National Health Commission said.The new cases in Guangdong, one of the main powerhouses of China’s economy, cast a shadow on its efforts to restart the economy and return to normal life and…



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Coronavirus: China pulls the plug on wasteful, unnecessary research into Covid-19

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Chinese teams engaged in clinical research related to the coronavirus pandemic and the treatment of Covid-19 have been told they must submit detailed information about their work to the government within three days of commencement or face having their projects shut down.In a notice issued on Friday, the Ministry of Science and Technology also said that research projects that “breached existing pharmaceutical regulations, had negative side effects or no obvious efficacy” should be terminated.The…



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