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South Korea ups restrictions after setback
South Korea is tightening restrictions in the capital Seoul and its outskirts again after a significant rise in coronavirus infections.

Pakistani plane crash voice recorder found
The cockpit voice recorder from the wreckage of last week's Pakistan airline crash has been recovered by search teams in the port city of Karachi.

Indonesia reports 23 deaths, 687 new cases
Indonesia has confirmed 687 additional coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 24,538, with 23 new deaths.

Largest one-day rise in Philippines cases
After almost 11 weeks of restrictions, it's been recommended that Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte ease one of the world's toughest lockdowns in Manila.

Taiwan eyes new US anti-ship missiles
As part of military modernisation efforts, Taiwan plans to buy land-based Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles from the United States.

Taiwan offers to help fleeing Hong Kongers
As China passes new national security legislation for Hong Kong, Taiwan has promised to settle people who flee the Chinese-ruled city.

Turkey resumes some trains as curbs ease
As Turkey gradually eases coronavirus restrictions, the country has resumed the operation of intercity trains after a two-month gap.

Tough ex-mayor new Iran parliament speaker
Iran's parliament has voted to elect hardline former Tehran mayor Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf as the legislative body's new speaker.

Record jump of coronavirus cases in India
With a two-month-old lockdown across the country set to end within days, India has recorded another record single-day coronavirus jump of more than 6500 cases.

Indon minister compares virus to wives
Comparisons of coronavirus to a wife have prompted sharp criticism of Indonesia's security minister.

Lawmakers ejected from HK bill debate
Three lawmakers have been ejected from Hong Kong's legislative chamber as it debates a contentious bill to criminalise insulting the Chinese national anthem.

US troop strength in Afghanistan down
The US is ahead of schedule in reducing its troop numbers in Afghanistan in line with an agreement with the Taliban. US and NATO officials say.

India surpasses 150,000 virus cases
With another single-day high of more than 6000 coronavirus cases, India's number of infections has surpassed 150,000.

South Korea coronavirus cases rise
South Korea has reported a spike in new coronavirus cases, after some of its progress against the disease was wound back when restrictions were lifted.

Afghan govt to free 900 Taliban prisoners
The Afghan government has announced the release of 900 Taliban prisoners and called on the insurgent group to extend a ceasefire.

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