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A drug offers hope amid spikes in coronavirus infections

 Researchers on Tuesday announced the first drug shown to save lives among severely ill coronavirus patients, offering hope even as infection rates rose in Africa and Asia, and there were worrisome upticks of contagion in countries that had largely contained the virus.

UN agency warns of fentanyl production threat in SE Asia

Narcotics police in Myanmar have seized a large amount of liquid fentanyl, providing the first evidence that the synthetic opioid is being produced in quantity in Southeast Asia’s infamous Golden Triangle region.

Strong typhoon slams into pandemic-hit Philippines

A strong typhoon slammed into the eastern Philippines on Thursday, knocking out power and threatening food crops in a new emergency for a country already overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials: No more hospitalized Wuhan patients

Wuhan, the city at the center of China’s coronavirus outbreak, has no more hospitalized patients after the last 12 were discharged Sunday, the Hubei province health commission said.

Virtual summit: SE Asia leaders meet by video on pandemic

Forced apart by the coronavirus pandemic, Southeast Asian leaders linked up by video Tuesday to plot a strategy to overcome a crisis that has threatened their economies and kept millions of people in their homes under lockdowns.

How to end virus lockdowns? Technology, tests, coordination

Governments battling a virus that has crossed borders with breathtaking speed pinned their hopes Tuesday on tests, technology and a coordinated approach to ease the tight restrictions on movement that have slowed the outbreak but strangled the global economy.

Tourists stranded in Asia by canceled flights, shut borders

From the sun-soaked beaches of Thailand to the foothills of Mount Everest in Nepal, tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Philippines gives foreigners days to leave virus-hit region

Thousands of foreign travelers need to leave the northern Philippines by Friday or they will be stranded in the region, which has been placed under quarantine because of a growing number of coronavirus infections, officials said Tuesday.

Virus pushes beyond Asia, taking aim at Europe, Mideast

The new virus took aim at a broadening swath of the globe Monday, with officials in Europe and the Middle East scrambling to limit the spread of an outbreak that showed signs of stabilizing at its Chinese epicenter but posed new threats far beyond.

Amnesty Int’l: Asia seeing growing repression, resistance

Authoritarian governments in Asia are undermining human rights and demonizing their critics, but they face a rising tide of protest from young people who defy grave risks to protest such repression, Amnesty International said in its annual report on the region.

Spokane woman who provided alibi in murder case profiled in ‘Serial’ podcast dismayed by Supreme Court ruling

On Monday, the Supreme Court rejected a new trial for Adnan Syed, the Maryland man convicted in the strangling death of a classmate – a case that drew national attention when it became the subject of the “Serial” podcast, and expanded to larger issues of criminal justice reform. The smoking gun in the This American Life podcast was the alibi provided by Asia McClain Chapman, a Spokane resident.

Chile cancels climate, trade summits amid protest chaos

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and infrastructure damaged.

Shantay, you stay! No tea, no shade, ‘RuPaul’s’ drag queens werq the Fox this weekend

It’s been a great run for drag queens on television and in everyday life in recent years. “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” first on Logo, then VH1, is the reigning Emmy Award champion in the competition program category four years running. Ditto for its host, RuPaul Charles, who is now tied with Jeff Probst (“Survivor”) for most wins as a reality-TV competition ringleader.