Australia orders checks on Chinese-made cameras in defence offices
The checks come after Britain in November asked its government departments to stop installing Chinese-linked surveillance cameras at sensitive buildings, citing security risks
China approves two domestically developed COVID drugs
The drugs, used for treating adult patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infections, have been developed by Simcere Pharmaceutical Group and a unit of Shanghai Junshi Biosciences Co
N Korea calls for normalising factories
South Korea's central bank has said the North's economy shrank in 2021 for a second straight year after suffering its biggest contraction
'Once in a century' flood cuts off communities in Australia
People in the Kimberley are experiencing a one-in-100-year flood event, the worst flooding Western Australia has had in its history, said Western Australia Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson
Indonesia bans sex outside marriage
The country’s parliament approves a new criminal code that bans sex outside marriage with a punishment of up to one year in jail
S Korea gives protesting doctors end-Feb deadline to return to work
The government told young doctors otherwise they risk being punished for staging a week-long protest that has disrupted services for patients at several major hospitals
Taiwan ally Tuvalu names Feleti Teo as new PM
The former attorney general and fisheries official was elected unopposed by lawmakers in the Pacific Islands nation, officials say
S Korea doctors on mass walkout
Hospitals have turned away patients and cancelled surgeries after about two-thirds of the country's young doctors walked off the job this month in protest