Foreign

Mystery bidder buys $28-M space ride with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

Mystery bidder buys $28-M space ride with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos

June 13, 2021, 1:13 pm

CHICAGO, United States – The spacecraft company founded by billionaire Jeff Bezos announced Saturday that an unnamed person won an auction to join the Amazon founder on the company's maiden flight into space. The company, Blue Origin, said the winner ponied up USD28 million (PHP1.34 billion) in… Read More

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi faces new corruption charge

June 10, 2021, 7:47 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia – Myanmar’s deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been hit with fresh corruption charges by the military junta, according to state-run media on Thursday. The Anti-Corruption Commission found that Suu Kyi illegally accepted USD600,000 and gold from the former chief minister of… Read More

New images from NASA show Jupiter's largest moon

New images from NASA show Jupiter's largest moon

June 10, 2021, 5:17 pm

CHICAGO, United States – The release of new images of Jupiter's largest moon by NASA is allowing the world to get a close-up look at another world. Images of Ganymede were taken from the space agency's unmanned spacecraft, Juno. And more are coming in the days ahead. Juno's flyby of Ganymede… Read More

US to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine worldwide

US to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer vaccine worldwide

June 10, 2021, 1:36 pm

WASHINGTON – The US administration of Joe Biden will purchase 500  million doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine to donate globally, according to a report on Wednesday. The Washington Post cited three people familiar with the plans who said Biden will announce the plan at the Group of… Read More

China, Asean dialogue relations bring tangible results: ex-envoy

China, Asean dialogue relations bring tangible results: ex-envoy

June 7, 2021, 4:10 pm

KUALA LUMPUR – The relations between China and Asean have grown from strength to strength since the two sides established dialogue relations 30 years ago, bringing about tangible results in all-round cooperation and recent joint efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic, said a former Malaysian… Read More

G7 agrees on global minimum tax rate of at least 15%

G7 agrees on global minimum tax rate of at least 15%

June 6, 2021, 7:27 pm

WASHINGTON  – The Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations have agreed to support new rules that will achieve a global minimum tax rate of at least 15 percent, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Saturday. Calling it a "significant, unprecedented" commitment, Yellen said in a statement… Read More

Over 2B coronavirus vaccine shots administered worldwide

Over 2B coronavirus vaccine shots administered worldwide

June 3, 2021, 8:58 pm

ANKARA – Over two billion coronavirus vaccine shots have so far been administered worldwide, figures compiled by Our World in Data, a tracking website, showed on Thursday. China leads the global count with 704.83 million jabs, followed by the US with 296.91 million. India has administered 221.4… Read More

Biden, First Lady to visit the Queen in Buckingham

Biden, First Lady to visit the Queen in Buckingham

June 3, 2021, 8:32 pm

LONDON – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will meet US President Joe Biden in London on June 13, the Buckingham Palace announced Thursday. “The Queen will meet the President of the United States of America and First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle on Sunday, 13th June 2021,” the Royal Family… Read More

UN labor agency warns pandemic-driven jobs crisis far from over

UN labor agency warns pandemic-driven jobs crisis far from over

June 3, 2021, 6:30 pm

ANKARA – The pandemic-driven labor market crisis is not going to end anytime soon, and employment growth will not be enough to cover the losses suffered at least until 2023, according to the latest projections by the International Labor Organization (ILO). The Geneva-based UN agency warned in… Read More

Isaac Herzog elected president of Israel

Isaac Herzog elected president of Israel

June 3, 2021, 8:17 am

JERUSALEM – The Knesset (Israel's parliament) on Wednesday elected Isaac Herzog a new president for the country, succeeding Reuven Rivlin whose term as president has ended. Herzog, a former Labour Party leader, became the 11th president of Israel. According to the Knesset news channel, Herzog… Read More

Global Covid-19 case count down 13% in past week: WHO

Global Covid-19 case count down 13% in past week: WHO

June 2, 2021, 2:08 pm

GENEVA – Over 3.5 million novel coronavirus cases and over 78,000 deaths were registered worldwide in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its weekly bulletin released in Geneva early on Wednesday. "The number of new Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) cases and deaths… Read More

World’s 1st ever case of bird flu in a human registered in China

World’s 1st ever case of bird flu in a human registered in China

June 2, 2021, 9:37 am

BEIJING – The world’s first case of a human being infected with the bird flu virus H10N3 has been registered in eastern China’s Jiangsu province, the National Health Commission said in a news release on Tuesday. At the end of April, a 41-year-old man in the city of Zhenjiang felt he was… Read More

WHO agrees to discuss reforms to fight health emergencies

WHO agrees to discuss reforms to fight health emergencies

June 1, 2021, 2:26 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday said a special meeting will be held on Nov. 29 to discuss major reforms and build an international agreement to enhance its ability to combat pandemics and health emergencies. On its final day, the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed to… Read More

Couples in China can now have up to 3 children

Couples in China can now have up to 3 children

June 1, 2021, 7:21 am

ANKARA – China on Monday further relaxed its family planning policy and allowed couples to have three children, the state-run media said. According to Global Times, the Chinese government has decided to improve its population structure and counter the country's aging population problem. The… Read More

Smoking lowers immunity, raises risk of exposure to Covid-19

Smoking lowers immunity, raises risk of exposure to Covid-19

May 31, 2021, 8:42 pm

MEDAN – Smoking could lower immunity and increase the risk of being exposed to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), with more acute symptoms experienced as compared to among non-smokers, University of North Sumatra (USU) lecturer, Dr. Delyuzar M. Ked (PA), Sp.PA (K), said. "Smoking can also… Read More

Joe Lara, star of Tarzan TV series, dies in plane crash aged 58

Joe Lara, star of Tarzan TV series, dies in plane crash aged 58

May 31, 2021, 3:54 pm

WASHINGTON – US actor Joe Lara, best known for starring in the American TV series Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, died over the weekend along with six other passengers in a plane crash in the state of Tennessee. Their Cessna C501 plane plunged into Percy Priest Lake near the town of Smyrna shortly… Read More

N. Sulawesi exports cement to Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia

N. Sulawesi exports cement to Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia

May 30, 2021, 4:49 pm

MANADO, North Sulawesi – North Sulawesi Province exported 63,046 tons of cement to Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia in May 2021. "Three countries buying cement produced in North Sulawesi are Taiwan, the Philippines, and Malaysia," head of the North Sulawesi Industry and Trade Office, Edwin… Read More

Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vax shots given worldwide

Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vax shots given worldwide

May 30, 2021, 1:10 pm

ANKARA – Over 1.84 billion coronavirus vaccine shots have so far been given worldwide, figures compiled by Our World in Data, an online portal, showed on Saturday. China leads the global count with 602.99 million jabs, followed by the US with 292.1 million, the data showed. India has… Read More

Over 120K people displaced in Myanmar since February: UN

Over 120K people displaced in Myanmar since February: UN

May 30, 2021, 11:20 am

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – More than 120,000 people are currently displaced in Myanmar amid growing conflict between the Myanmar military and ethnic armed groups, according to a UN report released on Friday. Fighting has particularly intensified in Kachin, Kayin, northern Shan, Chin, and Kayah… Read More

Covid-2019 cases worldwide up by over 545K in past day

Covid-2019 cases worldwide up by over 545K in past day

May 29, 2021, 7:37 pm

GENEVA – More than 545,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, with the overall number of such cases exceeding 168.59 million, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Friday. As of 18:03 Moscow time on May 28, as… Read More