Australia will take China before the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over Beijing's imposition of tariffs on Australian wine exports, it announced on June 19, in the latest sign of worsening tensions between the two countries.
Brazil on June 19 became the second country after the US to surpass 500,000 Covid-19 deaths as the South American giant grapples with a third wave of the pandemic.
Ultraconservative cleric Ebrahim Raisi was declared the winner on June 19 of Iran’s presidential election, a widely anticipated result after many political heavyweights were barred from running.
An opposition lawmaker claimed on June 18 that a hacking unit of the North Korean intelligence agency attacked the internal network of a South Korean state-funded atomic energy think tank which holds critical information on nuclear
Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung suggested ASEAN soon finalise a travel corridor framework for the safe resumption of essential business travel.
A growing number of Covid-19 patients are dying before they can make it to a hospital in Malaysia and experts are concerned about the trend.
The UN General Assembly on June 18 took the rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.
The first astronauts arrived at China’s new space station on June 17 in the country’s longest crewed mission to date, a landmark step in establishing Beijing as a major space power.
US President Joe Biden delivered a stern warning on June 16 to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over ransomware attacks emanating from Russia, saying he was prepared to retaliate against any cyber assaults on US infrastructure
US scientists on June 16 said they had developed a sticky wall coating that repurposes ingredients used in hair conditioners to trap aerosolised droplets, and hope it will become another tool in the fight against Covid and other airborne diseases.
The Delta variant of the coronavirus, first identified in India, is a cause for global concern with studies showing it is more contagious and resistant to vaccines than other forms of the virus.