Asia

S. Korean court upholds tattooing ban

The Constitutional Court in Seoul upheld a ban on tattooing on Thursday, confirming South Korea as the only developed country that permits no one but medical professionals to perform the procedure. Tattoo artists derided the decision, calling it backward and lacking cultural understanding. Despite the decades-old ban, South Korea has nearly 50,000 tattoo artists, who risk police raids… Cyprus Mail …


India floods block roads, sweep away bridges; 46 dead

Floods unleashed by days of unseasonal heavy rain have wrecked crops, blocked roads and washed away bridges in northern India, killing at least 46 people, officials said on Wednesday, as they mounted rescue efforts for those stranded. Aerial images gave glimpses of engorged rivers and partially submerged villages in affected… Cyprus Mail …


UK lawmakers condemn PM Johnson and US President Biden over Afghanistan

British lawmakers vented their anger on Wednesday at Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden over the collapse of Afghanistan into Taliban hands, calling it a failure of intelligence, leadership and moral duty. Speaking at an emergency session of parliament, recalled from its summer break to discuss Afghanistan, Johnson said… Cyprus Mail …


Myanmar military seizes power, detains elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Myanmar‘s military seized power on Monday in a coup against the democratically elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained along with other leaders of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party in early morning raids. The army said it had carried out the detentions in… Cyprus Mail …


Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, 81, dies from Covid

Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada, better known as Kenzo, died Sunday from the COVID-19 disease, his spokesman told several French media outlets. Aged 81, Takada was at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a residential suburb on the western outskirts of the French capital, the spokesman said. Kenzo, the… Cyprus Mail …