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Philippines Backs Off Threat to Terminate Military Pact With U.S.

In February President Rodrigo Duterte had angrily sought to end the Visiting Forces Agreement, seen as a buffer against Chinese power. Manila said it reversed the decision “in light of political and other developments in the region,” without further explanation. Reported by NYTimes

First Rohingya refugee dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh camps

An elderly Rohingya refugee has become the first person to die from coronavirus in the world's largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh, where there are fears the disease could spread fast due to overcrowding. Reported by Reuters India

Suicide bomber injures at least three in Kabul mosque compound

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside a large mosque compound near a high-security diplomatic district in Kabul on Tuesday, government officials said, adding that at least three people were injured in the blast. Reported by Reuters India

Loud explosion heard in diplomatic district of Kabul - police

A loud explosion was heard on Tuesday in the Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which is home to many embassies and foreign representative offices, setting off alarms, Reuters journalists and the Kabul police said. Reported by Reuters India

U.S. rebukes China for border 'aggression' with India

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a senior congressional leader have reprimanded China for bullying behaviour towards India during a military standoff on their disputed border. Reported by Reuters India

Bangladesh confirms first coronavirus death of a Rohingya refugee

The man, who lived in the Kutupalong camp, was among at least 29 Rohingya to have tested positive for the virus in Bangladesh camps. Reported by SBS

​‘Tell Me Who My Mother Is’: A Korean Adoptee Seeks Her Roots

Armed with DNA test results, Kara Bos is asking a South Korean court to rule that an 85-year-old man in Seoul is her father. Her paternity lawsuit could set a precedent for overseas adoptees. Reported by NYTimes

First Rohingya dies from coronavirus in Bangladesh

An elderly Rohingya refugee has become the first person to die from coronavirus in the camps in southern Bangladesh, officials said on Tuesday. Reported by Reuters India

Dead body found in real-life 'Totoro’s Forest' in Japan

While Studio Ghibli star/mascot Totoro is sometimes mistakenly believed to have roots in traditional Japanese folklore, the anime icon’s appearance and other characteristics come purely from the imagination of director… Reported by Japan Today

Pakistan 'blasphemy' death row couple's plea for freedom

Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel hope judges in Pakistan will overthrow their 2014 conviction. Reported by BBC News

US considering taking in Hong Kongers ahead of controversial China security laws

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US is considering welcoming people from Hong Kong in response to China's push to impose national security laws there. Reported by SBS

As Protests Engulf the United States, China Revels in the Unrest

Chinese officials and state media are seizing on the moment to tout Beijing’s authoritarian system and condemn American hypocrisy — a narrative that ignores many of their own issues. Reported by NYTimes

Wuhan records only 300 positive coronavirus cases from extensive testing of nearly 10 million

Chinese authorities believe they have brought the coronavirus under control in Wuhan after recording only 300 positive tests from extensive testing of nearly 10 million people since 14 May. Reported by SBS

'It was not right': Jacinda Ardern criticises NZ Black Lives Matter protesters over coronavirus risk

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says her nation is "on a journey" fighting racism, while asking Kiwis not to protest en masse during COVID-19. Reported by SBS

Australian police probe Aboriginal boy's arrest after video emerges

The policeman has been placed on "restricted duties" after video captured the boy slamming on to bricks. Reported by BBC News

Shonan beaches to be without huts, life guards for summer

Popular beaches in the Shonan area near Tokyo are likely to have no beach huts or life guards this summer as a number of beach operators have given… Reported by Japan Today

Japan OKs saliva-based tests for coronavirus detection; 34 new cases reported in Tokyo

The Japanese government said on Tuesday it has approved saliva-based tests for the new coronavirus, offering a safer, simpler way to diagnose infection as well as boosting the… Reported by Japan Today

Coronavirus: The 'tin pot' RWA dictators running life in India's cities

Why are India's residents' welfare associations being called "little Hitlers" and "tin pot dictators"? Reported by BBC News

Asia's fishermen and farmers go digital during virus

Farming communities in South East Asia are embracing online selling for the first time during lockdown. Reported by BBC News

Fireworks explode across Japan to cheer up virus-weary public

Dozens of fireworks displays erupted simultaneously across Japan on Monday to cheer up the public, urge the gods to end the coronavirus pandemic and provide practice for struggling… Reported by Japan Today

Hong Kong Bans Tiananmen Vigil for 1st Time, in New Challenge to Protests

Days after China moved to enact new security laws for Hong Kong, the territory’s police rejected permission for an annual vigil to honor the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. Reported by NYTimes

Japan starts coronavirus antibody tests on 10,000 people

The health ministry began testing around 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies Monday in a bid to better grasp the scale of infection, as the country braces for a… Reported by Japan Today

Virus-hit cruise liner leaves Nagasaki after a month's quarantine

The Costa Atlantica cruise ship, which docked in southern Japan with over 100 crew members testing positive for COVID-19, has left the country and is en route to… Reported by Japan Today

After Reality Star’s Death, Japan Vows to Rip the Mask Off Online Hate

While many in the country abhor the kind of harassment Hana Kimura endured before her apparent suicide, some warn that cracking down on it could also chill rising internet activism. Reported by NYTimes

Japan slowly opens tourist spots amid concerns over virus flare-ups

Many tourist spots across Japan reopened Monday, a week after the full lifting of a state of emergency, with precautions in place against the novel coronavirus amid growing… Reported by Japan Today

Your Tuesday Briefing

Minneapolis, Tiananmen vigil, Israel: Here’s what you need to know. Reported by NYTimes

Finding Euphoria in Bangkok’s Food Scene

In search of creative inspiration, a New York-based photographer spent two weeks documenting Bangkok’s fresh markets and street vendors. Reported by NYTimes

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