· Asia stocks mostly up on lockdown easing but Hong Kong extends losses →
It also turned up tensions between Washington and Beijing, already strained by Trump’s barracking of China over its role in the spread of coronavirus and warnings about fresh tariffs.
· New submarine or SLBMs likely next options for N.K. to claim enhanced nuke deterrence: experts →
The latest push for nuclear capabilities, however, appears more to add pressure on the U.S. to take concrete steps to move forward the deadlocked dialogue, and to tighten discipline among its own military organizations, rather than warning about imminent provocative moves, according to experts.
· Western Australia storm: 50,000 homes without power as state battered by wild weather →
Tarr said wild weather would shift further south on Monday afternoon and ease overnight, with warnings likely to be lifted by Tuesday morning.
· China's rise dealt a blow by Trump and the pandemic →
The pandemic, the global finger-pointing at China for not providing timely warnings about the outbreak, the increased hostility from an election-focused Trump administration and the impact of the coronavirus on the pre-existing pressures for de-globalisation don’t auger well for China’s longer term economic outlook.
The New York Times
· U.S. Bans Flights From Brazil, Where Pandemic Is Raging →
Its president, Jair Bolsonaro, a pandemic skeptic, had ignored the warnings of health experts and mocked social distancing measures.
· US coronavirus response fatally 'chaotic,' says Noam Chomsky →
A: There are now companies developing technology which make it possible for the employer ... to look at what's on your computer screen and to check your keystrokes and if you get up and walk away for a minute, they'll send you a warning.
The Japan Times
· Even as virus eases, the worst may be yet to come for Abe →
Abe’s difficulties provide a warning to other world leaders who like him weathered the initial pandemic shock only to be confronted with a historic economic slowdown.
The Japan Times
· New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern unruffled as quake hits midinterview →
There was no tsunami warning.
· From the Archives, 1971: Qantas pays $500,000 ransom in mid-air bomb hoax →
The plane could not land because the ransom gang’s warning that the bomb would explode if the plane dropped below 20,000 ft.