Asia Pacific

The Latest on Why Doctors in South Korea Are on Strike

Surgeries postponed. Appointments canceled. Patients turned away from emergency rooms. For more than a week, procedures at some of the largest hospitals in South Korea have been disrupted because thousands of medical interns and residents walked off their jobs. A prolonged walkout could have disastrous consequences. The dispute started in early February, when the government proposed admitting more students to …

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China Has Thousands of Navalnys, Hidden From the Public

After watching “Navalny,” the documentary about the Russian opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, a Chinese businesswoman messaged me, “Ren Zhiqiang is China’s Navalny.” She was talking about the retired real estate tycoon who was sentenced to 18 years in prison for criticizing China’s leader, Xi Jinping. After Mr. Navalny’s tragic death this month, a young dissident living in Berlin posted …

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Thursday Briefing: U.N. Warns of Famine in Gaza

Gaza is close to famine, the U.N. warned At least a quarter of Gaza’s population is “one step away from famine,” a U.N. humanitarian aid official told the Security Council yesterday. Aid groups say that people are so hungry they are resorting to eating leaves, donkey feed and food scraps. In northern Gaza, one in six children under the age …

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A K-Pop Star’s Lonely Downward Spiral

The K-pop star looked utterly drained. Her face scrubbed of makeup, Goo Hara, one of South Korea’s most popular musical artists, gazed into the camera during an Instagram livestream from a hotel room in Japan. In a fading voice, she read questions from fans watching from around the world. “You going to work, fighting?” one asked. In halting English, she …

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Disney and Reliance Industries Announce Media Mega Deal in India

The Walt Disney Company had an India-sized twinkle in its eye as early as 1993, when it first came to the country of now 1.4 billion potential media consumers. It started small and found a distributor to broadcast some of its content over airwaves that were just opening to global capitalism. Along with India’s market, Disney’s ambitions grew bigger. Last …

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Wednesday Briefing: Russia Warned Against NATO Troops in Ukraine

Russia warned against NATO troops in Ukraine Russia warned yesterday that a ground intervention in Ukraine by any NATO country would lead to a direct clash between the Western military alliance and Russian forces. The response came a day after France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, made a provocative comment about the possibility of allied countries sending in troops. The Kremlin called …

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Zoo Official In India Is Punished For Giving Lions Revered Names

The lions look bemused or even bored in photos but not unhappy. Sita and Akbar had been living together for years. Now in a captive-breeding program in India’s eastern state of West Bengal, they are as married as animals can be. But many of the humans around them are upset. On Saturday, the authorities suspended a high-ranking forestry official who …

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Pankaj Udhas, Bollywood Singer and Maestro of the Ghazal, Dies at 72

Pankaj Udhas, a singer from India whose soulful renditions of ghazals, or lyric love songs, were a cornerstone of many Bollywood films over his decades-long career, died in Mumbai on Monday. He was 72. His death was announced on social media by his daughter Nayaab Udhas. She did not specify the cause, saying only that he had died after a …

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Tuesday Briefing: Hungary Approved Sweden’s NATO Bid

Hungary approved Sweden’s NATO bid After more than a year and a half of stalling, Hungary’s Parliament voted yesterday to approve Sweden as a new member of NATO. The move allows Sweden to clear the final hurdle that had blocked its membership. It comes at a critical time for the alliance, which has been trying to isolate Russia over its …

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Odysseus Moon Lander Sends Photos Home Before Spacecraft Likely Dies

Odysseus, the American robotic spacecraft that landed on the moon last week, is likely to die in the next day or so. Communications with the toppled lander remain limited and will end when sunlight is no longer shining on the solar panels, Intuitive Machines, the Houston-based company that built and operates Odysseus, said on Monday morning. The company also released …

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