China says it is suspending Hong Kong’s extradition agreement with New Zealand

Three of New Zealand’s allies in the Five Eyes security alliance – Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom – had already taken similar measures, including the suspension of extradition treaties with Hong Kong. Some proposed “safe haven” visas for Hong Kong residents wanting to leave.

In China the civet cat is a delicacy – and may have caused Sars

Yuen Kwok-Yung, a microbiologist at the University of Hong Kong, and his team decided to screen large numbers of civets and other game animals. They found that four of the masked palm civets – which have short fur and black and white stripes on their faces – were carrying a coronavirus that caused Sars. The […]

Chinese mission says no foreign entities justified to interfere in China’s local elections

The HKSAR government’s decision to postpone the elections due to the severe pandemic situation is a justified and necessary step to ensure safety and health of Hong Kong citizens and the safety, fairness and impartiality of the elections, the spokesperson said.

United States-China relations are entering a dangerous period

This capped a month in which America sanctioned a sitting member of China’s Politburo, also a first, over the internment of Uighurs in Xinjiang; declared China’s expansive claims in the South China Sea illegal; ceased to recognise Hong Kong as distinct from mainland China; and claimed a victory in its campaign against Huawei, when Britain […]

Coronavirus digest: Australian state to deploy military to enforce isolation measures

Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Austrian ski regions end season early All ski areas in the Austrian provinces of Salzburg and Tyrol are ending the winter season early. Cable car operation will be discontinued as of Sunday (March 15, 2020). Hotels and accommodations will be closed from Monday. The provincial governments said that this should […]

Sensex rises over 250 points in early trade; Nifty above 10,900

ONGC was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising over 1%, followed by ITC, Asian Paints, Reliance Industries, Maruti, Bajaj Auto and NTPC. On the other hand, IndusInd Bank, HCL Tech, Tech Mahindra, PowerGrid and Bajaj Finance were among the laggards.

China raises protection for pangolins by removing scales from medicine list

In the past five years more than 14,000 whole pangolins have been seized by customs agents at border crossings in Asia, with 95% of those in shipments of 21 animals or more. This suggests a coordinated trafficking effort, according to data compiled for the Guardian by C4ADS, a Washington DC-based thinktank that monitors illicit wildlife, drug […]