Millions under lockdown again as virus continues to spread | AFP

In Asia, Europe and the Americas, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced regions to reimpose lockdowns and make the use of face coverings compulsory in order to combat the spread of the virus around the world. As the number of deaths caused by the virus passes 590,000, governments around the world have been working to find a balance between the protection of public health and shielding the economy.

India confronts long-held bias against dark skin | AFP

A growing number of Indians are speaking out against cosmetic giants selling skin-whitening creams as global anti-racism protests shine a spotlight on Asia’s obsession with fair skin. Such products generate billions of dollars in sales, with promises of beauty and success to users.

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Partial solar eclipse seen from Hong Kong’s harbour | AFP

In Hong Kong, dozens of skywatchers ranging from astronomy enthusiasts with telescopes to families enjoying Father’s Day gathered at a waterfront park in east Kowloon to witness the partial solar eclipse. Observers along a narrow band from Africa to Asia can witness a dramatic “ring of fire” annular eclipse, but in Hong Kong only a partial solar eclipse – one that covered nearly nine-tenth of the sun – can be seen.

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An astronomer looks at the sun in Kenya as solar eclipse begins | AFP

As a rare annular eclipse begins to sweep from Africa to Asia, an astronomer observes the sun from his backyard in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. IMAGES

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A full ‘Strawberry Moon’ rises over the British capital | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. It’s accompanied this year by an astronomical phenomenon known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it.

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A full ‘Strawberry Moon’ rises over the British capital | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. It’s accompanied this year by an astronomical phenomenon known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, which occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it. The moon will appear full until early Sunday morning.

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‘Strawberry Moon’ looms large in London skyline | AFP

June’s full moon, also known as a “Strawberry Moon” since it occurs during strawberry season, rises over the British capital, London. The astrological phenomenon, known as a penumbral lunar eclipse, occurs when the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, thereby casting a faint shadow on the moon. This eclipse makes the full moon look slightly darker on part of its surface, although only some portions of the world, in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Africa, can see it. The moon will appear full until early Sunday morning.

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Watch A ‘Murder Hornet’ Destroy An Entire Honeybee Hive

Right when we thought 2020 couldn’t get worse, ‘Murder Hornets’ made their big U.S. debut. But are murder hornets as ‘murderous’ as their nickname suggests?

Asian Giant Hornets are responsible for up to 50 deaths a year in Asia, especially in Japan, which has been dealing with the problem for thousands of years. But it takes multiple stings to kill a person. But the real victim and biggest concern is the already declining honeybee population. Murder hornets were first spotted in Washington State in December, and beekeepers there are terrified.

The Asian Giant Hornet is the biggest known hornet in the world. The hornet can grow up to 2 inches long with a curved stinger long enough to puncture a bee suit.

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Watch A ‘Murder Hornet’ Eat An Entire Honeybee Hive

Right when we thought 2020 couldn’t get worse, ‘Murder Hornets’ made their big U.S. debut. But are murder hornets as ‘murderous’ as their nickname suggests?

Asian Giant Hornets are responsible for up to 50 deaths a year in Asia, especially in Japan, which has been dealing with the problem for thousands of years. But it takes multiple stings to kill a person. But the real victim and biggest concern is the already declining honeybee population. Murder hornets were first spotted in Washington State in December, and beekeepers there are terrified.

The Asian Giant Hornet is the biggest known hornet in the world. The hornet can grow up to 2 inches long with a curved stinger long enough to puncture a bee suit.

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Taiwan marks anniversary of Asia’s first gay marriage law | AFP

As Taiwan celebrated its one-year anniversary of becoming Asia’s first country to legalize same-sex marriages, an LGBT rights group is proposing an amendment that would give all international union couples the same legal rights regardless of their home country. Taiwan’s current gay marriage law bars couples from marrying if their foreign partner is from a country which does not recognise same-sex unions.

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Creative cooks: Asian street food chefs fight lockdown slowdown | AFP

From Facebook groups to hyper-local delivery services, southeast Asia’s street food chefs are cooking up creative ways to sell their wares as they struggle to survive during the coronavirus pandemic. The region is known for exotic treats often enjoyed at chairs and tables by the roadside, from mango sticky rice to rich coconut curries. But restrictions imposed to fight the virus have forced vendors off the streets and confined customers to their homes — leaving businesses scrambling to find new ways to make ends meet.

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Dolphins swim in the Bosphorus as virus silences Istanbul | AFP

A lull in boat traffic and a ban on fishing in Istanbul forced by the coronavirus has proved good news for some of the city’s longest-standing and most-loved inhabitants — the dolphins that swim in the fish-rich waters of the Bosphorus Strait between Europe and Asia, and that are becoming easier to spot. The city of 16 million has been under lockdown since Thursday as part of government measures to stem the spread of the virus.

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Coronavirus: what is the threat in Africa? | AFP

After Asia, Europe and North America, Africa is now facing its own coronavirus wave. Unenforceable lockdowns, hunger, the lack of medical equipment… the challenges are numerous in order to limit the effects of the crisis on the continent. But according to projections by the World Health Organization, 10 million people in Africa could be infected by the virus in the next 6 months.

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Today in History for April 11th

Highlights of this day in history: President Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas Mcarthur of his command in Asia; Napoleon Bonaparte banished to Island of Elba; American soldiers liberate first Nazi concentration camp; Idi Amin deposed as Uganda’s President; Apollo 13 blasts off. (April 11)

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Remesas en Latinoamérica, África, Asia disminuyen por virus

Remesas en Latinoamérica, África, Asia disminuyen por virus

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Sitting ducks: fear stalks a Mumbai slum as virus cases inch up | AFP

In Mumbai’s densely packed Dharavi neighbourhood — one of Asia’s largest slums — coronavirus fears are growing as the number of cases climbs to five but residents say they have few options to escape its grip. RAW-INDIA-HEALTH-VIRUS-POVERTY-SLUMS

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3 US sailors on aircraft carrier test positive

The Navy says three sailors aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for coronavirus. The aircraft carrier at sea in Asia last made a port call 15 days ago in Vietnam. (March 24)

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Europeans show solidarity with medical staff battling coronavirus outbreak | AFP

Europeans clap and cheer from their balconies and windows to show their support for medical staff on the frontlines as the continent battles the spiralling coronavirus crisis. More deaths have now been recorded in Europe, the new virus epicentre, than in Asia since the outbreak first emerged in China in December.

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What It’s Like To Travel During The Coronavirus Outbreak

As COVID-19 spreads worldwide, more precautions are being taken by governments to keep people safe as they travel. Business Insider’s senior retail correspondent Kate Taylor has been traveling around Asia for the past month and a half. She shares what she has seen in airports and on planes, and what steps you can take to protect yourself. Be sure to check the CDC website for all warnings before traveling.

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Here’s the latest for Thursday March 12: President Trump sharply restricts travel from Europe; NBA suspends season after player tests positive for coronavirus; Markets tumble in Asia; Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison.

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Hundreds of thousands hit the streets for International Women’s Day | AFP

Hundreds of thousands of people around the world mark International Women’s Day. Many events in Asia were cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Talking about Asia’s menstrual revolution | AFP

Olivia Cotes-James wants us to talk about menstrual health. Properly. No more euphemisms, no more opaque marketing, no more superstitions, and no glossing over cramps, bleeding, or pain: Reframing current attitudes is vital for women’s empowerment and health, as well as the environment, says the 29-year-old founder of LUÜNA naturals, which hails itself as Asia’s first period care company with an all-female leadership team.

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Virus slows down China’s major projects in Asia: Colombo’s Port City | AFP

At Colombo’s Port City — an artificial island the size of central London that is to house one of South Asia’s biggest financial centres — work is progressing at a snail’s pace.

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Philippines observes ‘no-contact’ Ash Wednesday to beat virus | AFP

Filipinos bow their heads to be sprinkled instead of having a cross drawn on their foreheads to mark Ash Wednesday, as Asia’s bastion of Catholicism guarded against the spread of coronavirus.

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Asia feels the burn as virus keeps Chinese tourists at home | AFP

Asia is facing billions of dollars in losses from a collapse in Chinese tourism since the outbreak of a deadly new coronavirus. Tour guides, mall workers and restaurant staff are all feeling the burn as Chinese — the world’s biggest travellers — stay at home in the middle of a global health crisis.

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