Visitors trapped in Shanghai’s Disney resort after lockdown announced

Videos appear to show guests rushing to locked gates as strict Covid restrictions return across China

Visitors to Shanghai’s Disney resort were trapped inside for the second time in 12 months after authorities and operators announced a sudden lockdown as part of China’s strict pandemic response.

In a repeat of scenes from across Covid-zero China, viral videos on Monday appeared to show guests rushing to the locked gates of the theme park in an attempt to escape the lockdown. It followed extraordinary scenes on the weekend, with a mass escape of employees from a locked-down Foxconn factory in Zhengzhou, to walk up to hundreds of kilometres to their hometowns.

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Taiwan museum admits breaking artefacts worth £66m

A bowl, teacup and plate – dating from 15th and 17th centuries – were broken in three separate incidents

Taiwan’s national palace museum has admitted to previously undisclosed breakages of three artefacts from the Ming and Qing dynasties, worth a reported £66m ($77m).

The items – a bowl, a teacup and a plate – were broken in three separate incidents during the past 18 months but the damage came to light only last week under questioning from a Taiwan legislator. The artefacts date back to the 15th and 17th centuries.

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Indian states ban guns and airguns to safeguard Amur falcons

Assam, Nagaland and Manipur officials also confiscate catapults and nets to ensure birds can recuperate

Officials in north-east India have banned the use of guns and airguns and confiscated catapults and nets in an effort to safeguard the small Amur falcons that make an autumn pit stop on their way to sunny South Africa.

Forest officers were patrolling areas of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur states to make sure no one disturbs the long-distance travelling raptors who stop briefly in India.

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Manchester Museum to reopen with ‘ordinary folk’ co-curating new gallery

Director says it’s ‘time to tell new stories’ as people from south Asian diaspora contribute experiences

A museum with a dizzying, encyclopaedic collection that spans Egyptian mummies, dinosaur skeletons and live Costa Rican frogs is to reopen next year after a £15m revamp – with a promise to be more inclusive and imaginative.

Manchester Museum has about 4.5m objects from around the world, a mix of exhibits from natural sciences and human cultures all under one roof.

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South Korea opens investigation into deadly Itaewon crowd crush in Seoul

Shops closed and concerts cancelled after Halloween party surge kills more than 150 people, as questions raised over crowd control

South Korean authorities have opened an investigation into the deaths of more than 150 people, in a crush in a nightlife district in Seoul on Saturday as experts said crowd controls could have reduced the surge that led to the disaster.

It remained unclear what led the huge Halloween party crowd to head into a narrow alley in the Itaewon area. Witnesses said people fell on each other “like dominoes”, and some victims were bleeding from their noses and mouths while being given CPR.

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Richard Branson refuses Singapore invitation to debate death penalty

UK entrepreneur turns down live TV debate and says government should instead engage with local activists

The British entrepreneur Richard Branson has rejected an invitation from Singapore’s home affairs minister to debate the death penalty, urging him to instead engage with local activists who oppose the “inhumane, brutal practice”.

Branson had been invited by the ministry of home affairs to debate capital punishment live on TV, after he described it as “a serious stain on Singapore’s reputation”, and condemned the execution earlier this year of Nagaenthran K Dharmalingam.

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A visual guide to how the Seoul Halloween crowd crush unfolded

More than 150 people were killed as mostly young people flooded the narrow, sloping streets of Itaewon to celebrate Halloween

On Saturday night, tens of thousands of mostly young people flocked to Itaewon in Seoul to celebrate Halloween.

Images of Itaewon subway station before the tragedy show large crowds gathering in the area, known for its nightlife, bars and restaurants.

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‘I don’t know how to live’: grief over loved ones lost in Seoul’s deadly Halloween crowd crush

Mothers and fathers tell of excruciating wait for news before learning fate of the missing in South Korea’s worst crowd crush event

Kim wept as he showed the last messages from his 25-year-old daughter, one of the more than 150 victims of Saturday night’s crowd crush in Seoul.

“I thought I had no worries now because I raised all my children, but I don’t know how to live,” the 58-year-old told local media as he waited in the funeral hall of Ewha woman’s university Mokdong hospital on Sunday.

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India bridge collapse: death toll rises to at least 130 as recovery efforts continue

About 400 people were on the bridge in Gujarat to celebrate a Diwali religious ritual when it collapsed, with many children among the dead

The death toll from the collapse of a pedestrian bridge over a river in Gujarat, western India, has risen to at least 130 as more stories emerge of the terrifying moment the structure gave way .

Local officials say about 400 people were on the suspension bridge over the Machchu River in the city of Morbi on Sunday and the atmosphere was festive. Families had come out on to the bridge to celebrate a post-Diwali religious ritual in which idols are immersed into the river.

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Tropical storm Nalgae: 98 dead in one of most destructive storms to hit Philippines this year

Dozens missing and feared dead in a mudslide-hit mountainside village, while more than a million people were swamped by floods in other provinces

Nearly 100 people have died in one of the most destructive storms to hit the Philippines this year, with dozens more feared missing in a mudslide-hit mountainside village, officials said on Monday.

At least 53 of the 98 people who died were from Maguindanao in the Bangsamoro autonomous region, which was swamped by unusually heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nalgae. The storm blew out of the country and into the South China Sea on Sunday, but more than a million people remained swamped by flood water in several provinces.

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