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China's parliament approves Hong Kong security law

China's parliament has approved a new security law for Hong Kong which would make it a crime to undermine Beijing's authority in the territory. The bill - which now passes to China's senior leadership - has caused deep concern among those who say it could end Hong Kong's unique status. It could also see China installing its own security agencies in the region for the first time. The move has already sparked a new wave of anti-mainland protest. ... Full story

India policeman's TikTok video helps family find missing father

Image caption This TikTok video helped R Venkateshwarlu's family find him. A TikTok video intended to encourage people to help the poor had an unintended result when it succeeded in reuniting a man with his family. R Venkateshwarlu, who had been missing for two years, was seen in the video filmed under a flyover 2,000km (1,242 miles) away from his home in Telangana. A friend alerted the family who then reached out to police in the northern ... Full story

China's parliament approves Hong Kong national security bill

Chinese President Xi Jinping casts his vote on the national security legislation for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the closing session of the National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins. BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s parliament on Thursday overwhelmingly approved directly imposing national security legislation on Hong Kong to tackle secession, ... Full story

Terrace House: Reality show cancels season after Hana Kimura death

Image caption Hana Kimura's death sent shockwaves across Japan. Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House has cancelled its current season following the death of cast member and pro-wrestler Hana Kimura. The 22-year-old had before her death issued a series of social media posts implying she had been cyber-bullied. News of her death sent shockwaves across Japan, many calling for stricter laws against cyber-bullying. Terrace House, co-produced ... Full story

Roche mixes Actemra with Gilead's remdesivir in COVID-19 trial

FILE PHOTO: An ampule of remdesivir is pictured during a news conference at the University Hospital Eppendorf (UKE) in Hamburg, Germany, April 8, 2020, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Ulrich Perrey/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo. ZURICH (Reuters) - Roche plans to test if mixing its anti-inflammation drug Actemra with Gilead Sciences Inc’s anti-viral treatment remdesivir works better against severe COVID-19 pneumonia than ... Full story

Instant view: Reaction to Pompeo's remark that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous

HONG KONG (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Hong Kong no longer qualifies for its special status under U.S. law, unnerving investors worried about the risk to the Chinese-ruled city’s status as a global financial hub. FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to the media at the State Department in Washington, U.S., May 20, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo. His comments came after Beijing’s ... Full story

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

(Reuters) - Here’s what you need to know about the coronavirus right now:. Pedestrians in face masks cross a street, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Seoul, South Korea, May 28, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji. Test and trace. England launches its COVID-19 test and trace programme on Thursday with a task force of 40,000 specialists to test those with symptoms and identify their contacts, who will be instructed to isolate for ... Full story

Turkey resumes intercity train services as coronavirus curbs ease

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey begun operating intercity trains on Thursday after a two-month gap, as it gradually eases coronavirus curbs in a bid to restore normal life and reopen an economy facing the threat of recession. FILE PHOTO: People enjoy a park, as seniors over 65 years old have been exempted from curfew for six hours during the first day of Eid, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Istanbul, Turkey, May 24, 2020. ... Full story

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases rise by 353 to 179,717: RKI

People stroll at a beach promenade, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Warnemuende, Germany, May 27, 2020. REUTERS/Annegret Hilse. BERLIN (Reuters) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased by 353 to 179,717, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Thursday. The reported death toll rose by 62 to 8,411, the tally showed. Reporting by Berlin Newsroom; Editing by ... Full story

Britain's easyJet to axe up to 30% of staff

LONDON (Reuters) - British low cost airline easyJet ( EZJ.L ) said it planned to cut up to 30% of its staff, or 4,500 jobs, and shrink its fleet, to fit the smaller market that will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. FILE PHOTO: EasyJet airplanes sit on the tarmac at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport in Roissy-en-France during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in France May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Charles Platiau. EasyJet, which ... Full story