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South Korea says to resume WTO complaint over Japan's export controls

South Korea said on Tuesday that it decided to resume dispute settlement proceedings over Japan's export controls, saying the two sides failed to make progress over talks to resolve the trade disputes rooted in wartime history.

Southeast Asia's Lazada says its online grocery sales in Singapore jumped due to coronavirus

Southeast Asia's e-commerce giant Lazada introduced a new delivery system on April 4 that allowed the company to increase its capacity by 50%.

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Sundarbans devastated by cyclone, as virus halts migration

The cyclone that struck India and Bangladesh last month passed through the vast mangrove forests of the Sunderban delta, a UNESCO world heritage site

Iranian professor acquitted of sanctions busting leaves U.S., Zarif says

An Iranian professor imprisoned in the United States after being acquitted of stealing trade secrets has left the country and is on his way back to Iran, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.

Sustainable funds are outperforming their peers during the pandemic, BNP Paribas says

Compared to other funds, sustainable funds showed strong outperformance across indexes, such as the MSCI equity index and S&P 500, says Gabriel Wilson-Otto from BNP Paribas Asset Management.

Where's the catch in the Brexit fishing talks?

As the UK and EU resume negotiations over quotas, many snags remain to be unpicked

European Union and British negotiators will face each other screen-to-screen as the latest round of Brexit talks get under way on Tuesday. During this four-day round, the most time has been allocated to one of the toughest issues: fishing rights.

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Pakistan polio fears as Covid-19 causes millions of children to miss vaccinations

Officials voice concern as coronavirus halts annual programme in country already struggling against resurgence in cases

In April, almost 40 million children missed their polio drops in Pakistan after the cancellation of the nationwide vaccination campaign. 

Alongside Afghanistan, Pakistan is one of only two countries in the world where polio is still endemic. It was very close to becoming  polio free, with only 12 cases in 2018, but last year the number of cases rose to 147. In the same year, Pakistan was  accused of covering up the resurgence of the P2 strain of the virus, which was thought to have been eradicated in 2014. 

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Minneapolis public school board to vote on terminating its contract with police

The district ‘cannot align itself with the Minneapolis police and claim to fight institutional racism’ said a board member

Minneapolis public schools are considering whether to end their contract with the city’s police department following the death of George Floyd.

The city’s public school board will vote on Tuesday evening on a resolution that would terminate the school district’s contract with the police department to provide “school resource officers” and mandate that the superintendent prepare an alternate plan for keeping students safe. 

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How to deal with a promotion being put on hold as a result of the pandemic

Around the world careers are being put on hold, as companies tighten their belts and shelve plans to promote or give pay rises to their employees. CNBC asked the experts how best to deal with it.

Yemen pledging drive hopes to raise $2.4 billion to save aid ops as virus spreads

The United Nations and Saudi Arabia host a pledging conference for war-ravaged Yemen on Tuesday to help raise some $2.4 billion as funding shortages imperil the world's biggest aid operation.

Factbox: U.N. programmes in Yemen at risk of going broke

The United Nations said ahead of a pledging conference for Yemen on Tuesday that 30 of 41 major aid programmes in the war-torn country would close in the next few weeks without funding.

Climate change: older trees loss continue around the world

Every six seconds in 2019 the world lost an area of primary forest the size of a football pitch, a study says.

Schools reopen as Singapore eases lockdown restrictions

With temperatures checked, masks fitted, and hand sanitizers at the ready, many Singapore children returned to school on Tuesday after a novel coronavirus lockdown of nearly two months.

Sydney police officer under investigation after slamming Indigenous boy face-first on to pavement

Constable placed on restricted duties after footage emerged on Facebook showing him tripping up 16-year-old during arrest in NSW, Australia

A New South Wales police officer has been placed on “restricted duties” and professional standards command is investigating after a video posted to social media showed the officer tripping an Indigenous teenager while arresting him, slamming the boy face-first on to bricks.

The arrest occurred about 5.30pm on Monday in the inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills.

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Dreaming of your next vacation? Check out these most remote getaways

Countries are moving to lift coronavirus lockdowns in time for the holidays, but social distancing will remain important this summer. Here's a look at some of the most remote retreats out there.

In nod to #MeToo, China codifies sexual harassment by law

Two years ago, Zhou Xiaoxuan publicly accused one of China's most recognizable people of groping and forcibly kissing her, setting off a firestorm in a country that did not specify sexual harassment as a legal offence.

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Mexican president defies leftist label in virus response

When Andrés Manuel López Obrador won Mexico’s presidency after years of agitating for change, many expected a transformative leader who would take the country to the left even as much of Latin America moved right

Why can't we leave them alone? The troubling truth about selfies with sloths

How the trappings of fame are causing problems for the placid mammal that has become a star of internet memes and Instagram

Nobody seems to know quite how the sloth became the rock star of the animal kingdom. From high in the Latin American rainforest, the absurd mammal is the focus of a frenzied obsession that shows no sign of abating. Sloths are on bank notes, adverts, T-shirts, internet memes and Instagram fan pages.

“People are obsessed,” says Costa Rica’s president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, when asked why people have fallen in love with the creature. “The sloth is quite a unique animal. It’s also very related to the forest. I believe it’s the elegance of the movement.”

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Saudi Arabia to co-host UN fundraising summit for Yemen

Critics call Saudi involvement a ‘bitter irony’ as Yemen fights twin threats of famine and coronavirus

Saudi Arabia, one of the main belligerents in the five-year Yemen civil war, will for the first time act as the co-host of a United Nations humanitarian fund raising summit for Yemen. The virtual summit fund is hoping to raise $2.4bn (£1.9bn) in the second half of the year and stave off the twin threat of famine and coronavirus.

The virtual summit comes as the UN warns Yemen’s health system is buckling under the strain and major aid programs are being cut.

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Football pitch-sized area of tropical rainforest lost every six seconds

Report also warns Australia will experience more extreme fire seasons due to climate crisis

The amount of pristine tropical rainforest lost across the globe increased last year, as the equivalent of a football pitch disappeared every six seconds, a satellite-based analysis has found.

Nearly 12m hectares of tree cover was lost across the tropics, including nearly 4m hectares of dense, old rainforest that held significant stores of carbon and had been home to a vast array of wildlife, according to data from the University of Maryland.

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China says sticking to climate pledges despite coronavirus outbreak

China will fully implement its commitment to nationally determined contributions (NDCs) on climate change despite the coronavirus outbreak, the country's environment ministry said on Tuesday.

US may take in Hongkongers ahead of China security laws, Pompeo suggests

Secretary of state says he is considering immigration option similar to move announced last week by UK

The US is considering letting people who no longer “feel comfortable” in Hong Kong move to the US, secretary of state Mike Pompeo has suggested.

The comments, made in a conversation with the American Enterprise Institute on Friday, come amid worsening relations between the two countries over China’s moves to impose national security laws on the semi-autonomous region.

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U.S. Marines undergo quarantine after landing in northern Australian city

Around 200 U.S. Marines arrived in the northern Australian city of Darwin on Tuesday for an annual military training exercise, but will first undergo two weeks of quarantine, the Australian government said.

North Korea to open schools amid signs of relaxation of virus rules

North Korea will open schools this month after delays over concern about the novel coronavirus, state media has reported, the latest sign of opening up even though the isolated country has said it has had no confirmed cases of the disease.

Singapore rushes to build housing for 60,000 migrant workers after virus outbreak

The Singapore government is racing to create additional housing for about 60,000 migrant workers by the end of this year, as it seeks to reduce the density in dormitories which have seen mass outbreaks of the coronavirus infection.

Australia's most populous state eases virus restrictions on sport

Australia's most populous state will open up some sports facilities from the middle of June, officials said on Tuesday, after nearly a week with no new cases of coronavirus via community transmission.

Beijing is unlikely to target U.S. investors in retaliation, Hong Kong lawmaker says

Any counter measures that China lobs back in retaliation for the U.S. revoking Hong Kong's special status will not likely to hurt American investors, according to Regina Ip.

Asia's fishermen and farmers go digital during virus

Farming communities in South East Asia are embracing online selling for the first time during lockdown.