Matthew Tostevin

U.S. sends carriers to South China Sea during Chinese drills

04 Jul 2020

Two U.S. aircraft carriers were conducting exercises in the disputed South China Sea on Saturday, the U.S. navy said, as China also carried out military drills that have been criticised by the Pentagon and neighbouring states.

Masks and bikinis as Bangkok sex districts reopen with new rules

01 Jul 2020

BANGKOK With performers wearing facemasks as well as bikinis, Bangkok's red-light districts reopened on Wednesday after more than three months of shutdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Go-go bars gone as coronavirus hits Bangkok's sex district

29 May 2020

BANGKOK The black leather party masks that performers May and Som wear for their fetish shows in Bangkok are definitely not the sort to stop the coronavirus. | Video

Bangkok reopens with stylists in scrubs, plastic screens between diners

04 May 2020

BANGKOK Businesses reopening in Bangkok on Monday after weeks of near lockdown were taking intense precautions to prevent new outbreaks of the coronavirus.

In global war on coronavirus, some fear civil rights are collateral damage

10 Apr 2020

LONDON/BANGKOK/DELHI In Armenia, journalists must by law include information from the government in their stories about COVID-19. In the Philippines, the president has told security forces that if anyone violates the lockdown they should "shoot them dead". In Hungary, the premier can rule by decree indefinitely.

Malays strike back as turmoil opens way for return of nationalists

01 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR "The power of the Malays has returned," rejoiced street hawker Mohd Nor Afiq in Kuala Lumpur after a new prime minister was sworn in to replace 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad.

Malaysia's Mahathir out as king names former interior minister PM

29 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's 94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad lost out in a battle to become prime minister on Saturday as the king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin after a week of political turmoil sparked by Mahathir's resignation. | Video

Coronavirus slows China's Belt and Road push

18 Feb 2020

When President Xi Jinping made his first state visit this year to Myanmar and signed new infrastructure contracts, there was no indication of the obstacle about to trip up China's plan for railways, ports and highways around the world: the coronavirus.

American woman from cruise ship tests positive again for coronavirus in Malaysia

17 Feb 2020

KUALA LUMPUR/ SIHANOUKVILLE, Cambodia An American passenger from a cruise ship that docked in Cambodia has tested positive for the new coronavirus a second time in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia said on Sunday, after the cruise firm and Cambodian authorities sought further tests. | Video

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