Strains of drug-resistant malaria are becoming more dominant in Vietnam, Laos and northern Thailand after spreading rapidly from Cambodia. Currently, artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) are the gold standard of antimalarial treatment – but in 2008, a parasite resistant to artemisinin emerged in Pailin, western Cambodia. Millions of lives will be in danger if antimalarial drug resistance spreads from Asia to Africa, doctors have warned.
Two Canadian teenagers thought to be on the run are now the main suspects in the double murder of a young couple. A burnt-out camper van belonging to the lifelong friends – Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18 – was discovered on Friday along the highway in northern British Columbia. Days before, two tourists were found shot to death 500km (310 miles) away. Police say Mr McLeod and Mr Schmegelsky have since been spotted driving out of the province and are now suspects.
Japan’s top government spokesman said on Wednesday the country’s relationship with South Korea was in a “very severe” state and that Tokyo would continue to urge Seoul to take appropriate action over a string of issues that have frayed bilateral ties. Japan and South Korea are at loggerheads over export curbs that Japan has placed on certain high-tech materials bound for South Korea.
The US justice department is opening a broad antitrust review into major technology firms, as criticism over the companies’ growing reach and power heats up. The investigation will focus on growing complaints that the companies are unlawfully stifling competition. “Without the discipline of meaningful market-based competition, digital platforms may act in ways that are not responsive to consumer demands,” added the assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim, of the antitrust division.
Russia carried out what it said was its first long-range joint air patrol in the Asia Pacific region with China on Tuesday, a mission that triggered hundreds of warning shots, according to South Korean officials, and a strong protest from Japan. Seoul and Tokyo, who both scrambled jets to intercept the Russian-Chinese mission, accused Russia and China of violating their airspaces, an allegation Moscow and Beijing denied.