Naomi Osaka provides spark at subdued opening of Tokyo Olympics

Ceremony began as the most downbeat in Olympic history but finished in spectacular fashion Tokyo Olympics – live updates Amid the darkness of the Tokyo skyline, a moment of hope and raging illumination. After nearly four hours of an opening ceremony that veered from the sombre to the spectacular, the […]

Xi Jinping should take the Zhengzhou floods as a warning from China’s history | Philip Ball

The country’s perilous waters have made or broken past leaders. The climate crisis will only make things worse The footage of a torrent of muddy water engulfing the broad thoroughfares of Zhengzhou, China, may look like a scene from an apocalyptic sci-fi movie. But for China’s leaders, these images speak […]

Chinese leader Xi Jinping makes first visit to Tibet as president

Visit comes as China tightens control over region’s Buddhist culture and invests heavily in infrastructure The Chinese leader has made his first visit to Tibet as president as authorities tighten controls over the Himalayan region’s traditional Buddhist culture, accompanied by an accelerated drive for economic development and modernised infrastructure. State […]

Fears for Indonesia provinces as Delta variant spreads out of Java

Shortages of beds and oxygen as Covid variant reaches areas with weaker healthcare systems Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Scenes that have for months haunted hospitals across Indonesia’s Java island are appearing across the country, as the Delta variant spreads to new provinces, causing shortages of […]

Jacinda Ardern announces Australian travel bubble suspension as Covid outbreak worsens – video

New Zealand will suspend its quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. Travel with the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia had already been paused but will now expand to the entire country. At a press […]

New Zealand shuts Australia travel bubble as Sydney’s Covid outbreak worsens

Jacinda Ardern pauses flights for eight weeks as her health chief says the spread in NSW was ‘clearly not under control’ See all our coronavirus coverage New Zealand is shutting down the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks […]

Bougainville health minister and family lost at sea after boat sinks off Papua New Guinea

Six people missing after boat sank just 150 metres from Nissan Island, with lone survivor swimming 15 kilometres to neighbouring island Authorities in Bougainville are still searching for the autonomous region’s health minister after he and his family went missing in rough seas at the weekend. Charry Napto, his wife […]

Low-key US-China meeting will address high tensions in relationship

Visit by deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman on Sunday follows reported standoff over diplomatic protocol Amid escalating diplomatic tensions, the US deputy secretary of state, Wendy Sherman, will travel to China this Sunday to meet with senior Chinese diplomats in the highest-level visit since the US climate envoy John […]