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A woman reacts after riot police fired tear gas to disperse protesters taking part in a pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph: AFP

China’s planned national security law may prompt Taiwan to revoke the special status it extends to Hong Kong, president Tsai Ing-wen said, a move that(...)

Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s chief executive, speaks while wearing a protective mask during a news conference in Hong Kong on Tuesday. Photograph: Paul Yeung/Bloomberg

Simmering discontent in Hong Kong is coming to the boil again. No longer inhibited to the same extent by pandemic fears, angry citizens are returning (...)

US secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he regretted China’s decision ‘in these incredibly challenging global times, where more information, more transparency are what will save lives’. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

China on Wednesday expelled American journalists working for three major news organisations, in a sharp escalation of tensions between the two major p(...)

 A flight departure board shows cancelled fligths to Italy and Germany over  coronavirus. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

We asked readers to submit their travel concerns and questions. Below are a selection of answers, which we will continue to add to. Question: I am bo(...)

South Korean soldiers from the Armed Force CBR Defense Command wearing protective gear enter a building for disinfection work at a closed apartment complex after 46 residents were confirmed to have the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Daegu, South Korea. Photograph: Yonhap / AFP / South Korea OUT  via Getty Images

From Singapore to South Korea, countries across Asia have been mobilising for weeks in an attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Some have (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: It is likely the UK will use this opportunity to highlight its independence from the dictates of the EU. Photograph: Simon Dawson/EPA

Differences are emerging between the approaches taken by Ireland and by the UK to the threat posed by the coronavirus, divergences that could become s(...)

A man wearing a protective mask in Venice. Photograph: Claudio Furlan/Lapresse via AP

The company that underwrites much of the travel insurance in Ireland has issued fresh guidelines for people who may be travelling outside the country (...)

 CDC workers check the information during collecting biomaterial from suspected 2019-nCoV patients for nucleic acid tests in a hotel for isolated people in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei province, on Tuesday. Photograph: Yuan Zheng/EPA

The Department of Foreign Affairs has advised more than 3,000 Irish people in mainland China to be prepared to leave because of the coronavirus outbre(...)

Police officers carry out information registration and temperature measurement for passing passengers at Jintang Island high-speed toll station in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province, China. Photograph: EPA

The death toll from China’s coronavirus jumped on Monday and hundreds of new infections were confirmed, despite mass quarantines and travel lockdowns (...)

 People wear face masks as they sit at the emergency department of a hospital in  Taiwan: the country on Sunday reported a fourth case of the coronarivus. Photograph: David Chang/EPA

What is the virus causing illness in Wuhan?  It is a novel coronavirus – a member of the coronavirus family never been encountered before. Like o(...)

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