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
Ex-Taiwan president arrives in China pledging peace
Ma Ying-jeou becomes the first sitting Taiwanese leader to visit mainland China since the Communist revolution in 1949
N Korea fires missiles as US aircraft carrier set to arrive in South
The missiles appear to have landed outside Japan's exclusive economic zone, the Japanese government said
HK police keep tight tabs on first authorised protest in years
Organisers said up to 50 people took part in the first protest to be authorised by the city's police for several years