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 Riot police during a  pro-democracy rally against a proposed new security law in Hong Kong on Sunday. Photograph:  Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images

China’s foreign ministry office in Hong Kong and the city’s security chief on Monday defended proposed national security laws by describing some acts (...)

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(...)

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi. Photograph: Andrea Verdelli/Getty

The United States should stop wasting time in its fight against the coronavirus and work with China to combat it, rather than spreading lies and attac(...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

A picture taken earlier this month shows people keeping social distances at a shopping centre  in Stockholm. Photograph: Henrik Montgomery/ TT news agency/ AFP via Getty Images

On paper, Sweden’s approach to the coronavirus crisis seems far more logical than that of its European neighbours. Whereas the rest of the world eithe(...)

A sign advising visitors to social distance at a shopping centre in Stockholm, Sweden. Photograph: by Henrik Montgomery/AFP via Getty

In the late 1700s readers of novels in the English language were gripped by a series of suspenseful tales set in Italy.   They were typically se(...)

A member of the US secret service wears a surgical mask as  President Donald Trump arrives for a news conference on the  coronavirus in the White House on Monday. Photograph:  Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

When the history is written of how the United States handled the global era’s first real pandemic, March 6th will leap out of the timeline. That was (...)

Dummies and cardboard cut-outs replace fans during a game between the Rakuten Monkeys and the CTBC Brothers at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium in Taiwan on Saturday. Photograph: Ashley Pon/The New York Times

Taiwan may have successfully contained coronavirus but it is still hunkering down for the long haul. The Taiwanese government said it was trying to r(...)

Criticism over China’s handling of coronavirus has led Beijing to adopt a prickly and pugnacious approach to diplomacy. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty

“Throw away your illusions and prepare for a fight!” That was the headline of an editorial in a newspaper run by China’s People’s Liberation Army rec(...)

Students wear plastic face shields at the Nankan Junior High School in Taoyuan City, Taiwan: testing, contact tracing, travel bans, quarantines and masks in public places are Asian defence tools. Photograph: David Chang

As deadly coronavirus swept across Europe over the past three months, other parts of the world had valuable time to gather information on the new dise(...)

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