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SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia on Monday began the first hearings of a powerful inquiry into the causes of catastrophic bushfires that swept across the country, killing 33 people, destroying some 2,500 homes and razing an area the size of South Korea.
BANGKOK (Xinhua): The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) said in a report on Thursday (May 21) that automobile production fell to the lowest level in 30 years in April, impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
LAKE VICTORIA, Kenya (Reuters) - Grandmother Millicent Agata's small farm has disappeared entirely under the floodwaters of a swollen Lake Victoria, forcing her family to join tens of thousands of other Kenyans seeking shelter from the worst floods in three generations.
THRISSUR (India): Green, spiky and with a strong, sweet smell, the bulky jackfruit has morphed from a backyard nuisance in India's south coast into the meat-substitute darling of vegans and vegetarians in the West. Part of the South Asia's diet for centuries, jackfruit was so abundant that tonnes of it went to waste every year.
In South-east Asia, the Covid-19 pandemic has accentuated the strategic rivalry of China and the United States. And the Singapore Straits Times correspondents look at how this rivalry is playing out, and the response of countries in the region. We also look at US-China tensions and how Indo-Pacific powers are responding.
HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week on Friday as reservoir levels fall to dangerously low levels amid the country's worst drought in years.
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Facing a criminal investigation that could oust him from office, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro is courting political power brokers he once decried as corrupt in a bid to survive a crisis worsened by his handling of the coronavirus epidemic.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Laos has submitted plans to build a new hydropower dam on the Mekong River, with construction expected to start later this year, the Mekong River Commission (MRC) said on Monday.
IN a worst-case scenario, it may be necessary to kill zoo animals to feed other animals to resolve a hunger crisis at zoos stemming from a lack of revenue from visitors during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has doomed thousands of animals in Indonesia, zoos and veterinarians have said.
MANILA (AFP): Filipina weightlifting star Hidilyn Diaz noticed live-streamed concerts were collecting money for coronavirus relief and was struck by inspiration: why not raise funds with an online workout?