Markets around the world suffer instability amid tensions over the spread of the coronavirus.
The virus originated in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei late last year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the US, Thailand, South Korea and Japan.
Iran has limited influence over the Taliban and little to gain from prolonging the war.
US President Trump signed a trade agreement with China that is expected to boost exports from US farmers and manufacturers and is aimed at lowering tensions in a long-running dispute between the economic powers.
Taiwan to vote in presidential and parliamentary elections, which will set the course for the democratic island's ties with its neighbour China, which claims Taiwan as its territory.
Student unions were banned in the country in the 1980s but now Imran Khan's government is at a crossroads between lifting the curbs or facing fresh opposition in the form of campus activism.
Police detained around 400 people for offences including unlawful assembly and possession of offensive weapons, in the protest which organisers said more than a million people attended.
Smaller crowds of protesters in the Mong Kok district set fire to barricades and riot police unleashed 2020's first volleys of tear gas in response.
From climate change to India's complete take over of disputed Kashmir to massive anti-Beijing demonstrations in Hong Kong, here are some of the global protests that dominated headlines in 2019.
Police arrest about a dozen protesters and use pepper spray to break up a protest in Sheung Shui shopping mall aimed at disrupting retail businesses near border with mainland China.
In panels of spare, black-and-white drawings, Shimizu tells the story of Mihrigul Tursun, a real Uighur woman who now lives in the United States and says she was beaten and detained in China for being a Uighur.
China, which will host the tournament for the second time after 2004, had been one of four nations to initially bid to host the 24-team competition with South Korea, Indonesia, and Thailand also submitting bids before pulling out.
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