Category Archives: Far East, South and Southeast Asia and Pacific Areas

Powerful cyclone batters Indian region already grappling with Covid-19

A monster cyclone was lashing India Tuesday, with powerful winds and driving rain leaving at least 20 people dead, and interrupting the vaccine programme the country urgently needs to get its spiralling Covid-19 outbreak under control.

Fighting resumes in Afghanistan as Eid ceasefire ends amid calls for fresh peace talks

Fighting between the Taliban and Afghan government forces resumed Sunday in the restive southern province of Helmand, officials said, ending a three-day ceasefire agreed by the warring sides to mark the Eid al-Fitr holiday.

‘133 days in Wuhan’: Reporting from the world’s strictest Covid-19 lockdown

Last year, France Télévisions reporter Arnauld Miguet became the last remaining Western journalist in Wuhan, as the Chinese city experienced 133 days of the world’s most restrictive Covid-19 lockdown. From the early rumours of a mysterious new virus, to the challenges of reporting in a ghost town, Miguet’s new book “133 jours à Wuhan” offers a unique perspective on the early days of the global pandemic. He shared his experience with Haxie Meyers-Belkin.

Vietnam War: One woman’s battle over toxic chemical Agent Orange

A French court has dismissed a lawsuit against more than a dozen multinationals that produced and sold Agent Orange to US troops during the Vietnam War. The case was filed in 2014 by Tran To Nga, a Franco-Vietnamese woman who says she’s suffered numerous medical problems after being exposed to the toxic substance, which was used by the US army to destroy dense jungle and crops during the war. She says she plans to appeal the court’s decision. We take a closer look.

Rickshaws converted to ambulances in Covid-hit India

As India battles a devastating second wave of Covid-19, a number of the country’s famed auto-rickshaws have been transformed into ambulances, complete with oxygen tanks and medical supplies, to help the sick get to and from hospital.

Deadly bombing rocks southern Afghan province as Taliban, govt agree on Eid ceasefire

At least 11 people were killed and dozens injured in the bombing of a bus in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul province, officials said on Monday. The attack came as the Taliban and the Afghan governent said they would observe a three-day ceasefire for the Muslim religious holiday of Eid, starting this week.

Large segment of Chinese rocket disintegrates over Indian Ocean

A large segment of a Chinese rocket re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrated over the Indian Ocean on Sunday, the Chinese space agency said, following fevered speculation over where the 18-tonne object would come down.

Dozens killed in bomb attack near school for girls in Kabul

A bomb exploded near a girls’ school in a majority Shiite district of west Kabul on Saturday, killing at least 30 people, many of them young pupils between 11 and 15 years old. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any responsibility.