South Africa’s government, buoyed by encouraging data showing that infections from the Omicron variant aren’t as severe, has dropped quarantine restrictions for all but symptomatic people. That includes allowing people who have tested positive but show no symptoms to gather with others, so long as they wear a mask andContinue Reading

Most nights, Hwang In-suk pushes a shopping cart up and down the steep alleys of her Seoul neighborhood, trailed by stray cats that emerge from shadows to greet her under glowing streetlamps and convenience store marquees. Her neighbors tend to think of Ms. Hwang, 64, merely as someone who feedsContinue Reading

A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck the South Pacific on Friday, triggering tsunami warnings for a number of Pacific island nations. Waves as high as three feet could hit Vanuatu, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s tsunami warning system reported. The authorities in Vanuatu, an island nation with a populationContinue Reading

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy have agreed to separate meetings with a delegation of leaders from six African countries to discuss a possible plan to end the war in Ukraine, South Africa’s president said Tuesday. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa saidContinue Reading

SEOUL — South Korea has the lowest birthrate in the world, but parents say the government isn’t making it any easier for them to have children when hundreds of public facilities across the country are designated “no-kids zones.” Earlier this month, a lawmaker took her toddler to the National AssemblyContinue Reading

Initial results from state elections in Karnataka, in India’s relatively prosperous south, were pointing to an overturn for the party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — a boost to the otherwise struggling opposition ahead of general elections next year. The Indian National Congress, which governed India for much of itsContinue Reading

Officials from Japan and South Korea eyed a potential visit by South Korean experts to the Fukushima nuclear plant before it begins the controversial release of treated but radioactive water to sea. It’s one of their major sticking points between the two sides that are quickly thawing long-strained ties. DiscussionsContinue Reading

Comment on this storyComment An incursion of South Korean airspace by North Korean drones exposed Seoul’s lack of preparedness in defending against such threats, and it will likely take years for the military to correct its shortcomings, according to a classified U.S. intelligence assessment of the December incident. The findings,Continue Reading