Asia Pacific · 4:45 AM UTCLockdown in Brisbane extended as army patrols Sydney to enforce COVID curbs
Australia's Queensland state on Monday extended a COVID-19 lockdown in Brisbane, while soldiers began patrolling Sydney to enforce stay-at-home rules as Australia struggles to stop the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus spreading.
Asia PacificS.Korea says no decision on joint U.S. military drills, but exercises should not create N.Korea tension
Asia PacificHong Kong authorities arrest pro-democracy singer for corruption
Hong Kong's anti-corruption watchdog on Monday charged a singer and prominent pro-democracy activist, Anthony Wong, with "corrupt conduct" at a 2018 election rally, the latest legal action against dissent by authorities in the Chinese-ruled city.
ChinaChina's education ministry says Huai Jinpeng is its new party chief
China's education ministry said on Monday that Huai Jinpeng has been appointed as its new party chief.
AfricaFifteen soldiers killed in Niger ambush, ministry says
Fifteen soldiers were killed as a result of an ambush in southwestern Niger on Saturday, the country's defence ministry said, blaming the attack on "armed terrorist groups."