Asia Today: Australian capital free of known virus cases

The Australian Capital Territory has become the first of the country's eight states and mainland territories to declare itself free of all known cases of the coronavirus. Chief Health Officer Kerryn

Policy Address | Wong to push for the creation of national security protection office

The aftermath of Covid-19 and the growing tension in Macau’s neighboring regions have shown the urgency and importance of protecting national security, said the Secretary for Security Wong Sio Chak

China to convene Congress, showing confidence in virus fight

China, taking a step toward a return to business as normal, announced yesterday that its previously postponed national legislature session will be held in late May. The 13th National People’s Congress,

Briefs | Catholic school land plot repossessed

  The land plot of Escola de São José, Ká-Hó has been reclaimed by the state. The SAR government announced the expiration of the land plot’s concession earlier this week. In 1976,

Labor Day traditions halted by Covid-19

The traditional street demonstrations for May 1 (Labor Day) will be out of sight this year, as Covid-19 epidemic prevention and control measures forbid such activities. Still, tomorrow, two local associations

Authorities green light 11th round of mask distribution

Local health authorities announced yesterday during the daily press conference at the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center that the government’s 11th round of face mask distribution has already been

Health voucher scams: over 170 people charged in less than two years

  Between 2018 and March 2020 the judiciary authorities have charged over 170 people for crimes related to the misuse of the government health vouchers, the Public Prosecutions Office (MP) informed. According

Melco management shuffle due to ‘current state of business’

The recent changes in Melco Resorts and Entertainment’s corporate structure are based on the current business environment, an insider told the Times. The group’s executive team has “volunteered to contribute the

China silent amid global calls to give Africa debt relief

African leaders are asking what China can do for them as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to destroy economies and wipe out some 20 million jobs across a continent where Beijing

Oxford vaccine could be ready by September

In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University, according to an article published this week by the NYT. Most other teams

Conspiracy theories | Groups sow doubt about Covid vaccine before one even exists

A coronavirus vaccine is still months or years away, but groups that peddle misinformation about immunizations are already taking aim, potentially eroding confidence in what could be humanity’s best chance

This Day in History | 1952 Anne Frank published in English

The moving diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, is now available in British book shops entitled The Diary of a Young Girl. The book was first published

Lives Lost | Doctor taught a generation of Italian physicians

Every October, on the feast day of the patron saint of physicians, Dr. Roberto Stella organized a simple ceremony at a tiny church in northern Italy to honor Italian doctors

Credit Suisse ‘dream’ client Luckin Coffee becomes nightmare

Before the accounting scandal and the stock crash and the defaulted loans, Luckin Coffee Ltd.’s billionaire founder Lu Zhengyao was an ideal customer for Credit Suisse Group AG. “I’ve had I

Streaming films eligible for Oscars, but for one year only

Movies that debuted on a streaming service without a theatrical run will be eligible for the Oscars, but only for this year. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences yesterday

Obituary | Irrfan Khan, of ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ ‘Life of Pi,’ dies

Irrfan Khan, a veteran character actor in Bollywood movies and one of India’s best-known exports to Hollywood, has died. He was 54. Khan played the police inspector in “Slumdog

The Buzz | Ratings agency Fitch cuts Italy’s government debt grade

Ratings agency Fitch has cut Italy’s government debt grade, the first downgrade to a major economy to reflect the surge in public debt that is expected to hit countries dealing

UK leader Boris Johnson, fiancee announce birth of baby boy

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds announced the birth of a son on Wednesday, just two days after Johnson returned to work following hospitalization for the

World Briefs

INDIA Public health officials in India have shelved plans to administer the untested anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, or HCQ, to thousands in Mumbai’s crowded slums as a way of preventing infections

World Views | A wave of bad loans could swallow China’s banks

As China recovers from Covid-19, all eyes are on its banks’ bad loans. The reality is far worse than it looks. China’s largest lenders reported quarterly earnings this month, the first

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