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Monsoon ‘fury’ batters India, leaving more than 100 dead

Monsoon ‘fury’ batters India, leaving more than 100 dead

The scenes in India echoed disasters around the world caused by deadly floods in recent weeks in China and in Germany and Belgium.

  • by Sammy Westfall

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Tokyo Games and Naomi Osaka lay bare Japan’s cultural reckoning

Tokyo Games and Naomi Osaka lay bare Japan’s cultural reckoning

The choice of the mixed-race national icon for the lighting of the cauldron threw the spotlight on the intersection of three of Japan’s great unspokens – racism, sexism and discrimination.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
‘Perilous moment’: Global supply chains buckle as variants and disasters strike

‘Perilous moment’: Global supply chains buckle as variants and disasters strike

Events have conspired to drive global supply chains towards breaking point, threatening the fragile flow of raw materials, parts and consumer goods.

  • by Jonathan Saul, Muyu Xu and Yilei Sun
The Taliban conquest of a thin strip of land could change Afghanistan

The Taliban conquest of a thin strip of land could change Afghanistan

When a small group of armed insurgents in cars arrived in a village in the Wakhan Corridor, it put a sharp focus on Beijing’s role in Afghanistan.

  • by Marta Pascual Juanola
Xi Jinping becomes first Chinese leader to visit Tibet in 30 years

Xi Jinping becomes first Chinese leader to visit Tibet in 30 years

The visit shows the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s confidence in having established order and gained support in the once-restive region, analysts say.

  • by Gabriel Crossley and Yew Lun Tian
Cremation ‘cartel’: Price of dying rises in Indonesia as virus rages

Cremation ‘cartel’: Price of dying rises in Indonesia as virus rages

As more than 1000 people die from COVID-19 each day in Indonesia, police in Jakarta are investigating reports of funeral operators allegedly exploiting the pandemic by overcharging.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
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Tokyo coronavirus cases surge ahead of opening ceremony

Tokyo coronavirus cases surge ahead of opening ceremony

Tokyo’s coronavirus cases have jumped to their highest level in six months just over 24 hours out from the Olympics opening ceremony.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw
Top US general admits ‘complete Taliban takeover’ looms in Afghanistan

Top US general admits ‘complete Taliban takeover’ looms in Afghanistan

As the insurgency takes control of more than half the country and most of its borders, Afghan interpreters are fleeing for Kabul hoping to evacuate.

  • by Eric Schmitt
‘Please save us!’: panic on Chinese subway as flood filled carriage
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‘Please save us!’: panic on Chinese subway as flood filled carriage

More than 500 were pulled to safety after a subway tunnel flooded, state media reported, as dozens are reported dead in the Chinese region’s record deluge.

  • by Alfred Cang
A Hindu married a Muslim for love. Her parents called the police

A Hindu married a Muslim for love. Her parents called the police

Across India, vigilante groups have created a vast network of local informers who tip off the police to planned interfaith marriages.

  • by Sameer Yasir, Emily Schmall and Iqbal Kirmani
India’s pandemic death toll could be in the millions

India’s pandemic death toll could be in the millions

Excess deaths in India during the pandemic could be a staggering 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, likely making it modern India’s worst human tragedy, according to new research.

  • by Sheikh Saaliq and Krutika Pathi