Tom Hanks on Covid-19, ‘Greyhound’ and wartime mentality

NEW YORK — Since contracting COVID-19 in March, Tom Hanks has been, by most measures, busy. He and his wife, Rita Wilson, flew home after recuperating in Australia, where he

Asia Today: China’s university exam begins after virus delay

BEIJING — Almost 11 million students began taking China's university entrance exam Tuesday after a delay as the country worked to bring down coronavirus infections. The grueling four-day exam known as

Australia warns of ‘arbitrary detention’ risk in China

CANBERRA — Australia on Tuesday warned its citizens that they may be at risk of "arbitrary detention" if they visit China. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said in an

Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom

Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's

Asia Today: India’s virus cases surpass 600,000, curve rises

NEW DELHI — India's number of coronavirus cases passed 600,000 on Thursday with the nation's infection curve rising and its testing capacity being increased. The 19,148 new cases reported in the

June gaming revenue to show another deep plunge

Macau casinos’ June gaming revenue is expected to plunge by more than 90% for the third straight month, as China’s border curbs imposed during the coronavirus outbreak continue to hurt

New case of Covid-19 in Macau, tally at 46

A new imported case of Covid-19 in Macau was reported early today (Friday) by the Novel Coronavirus Response and Coordination Center. It's the 46th infection registered in the MSAR, after

Asia Today: Beijing’s outbreak appears to be firmly waning

BEIJING — New virus cases declined Wednesday in China and in the capital Beijing, where a roughly two-week spike appears to be firmly on the wane. A total of 12 cases

Asia Today: Virus sets off new school closures in Australia

MELBOURNE — Australia's Victoria state has recorded 17 new cases of COVID-19, resulting in the closing of two primary schools in Melbourne. State Premier Daniel Andrews said there would be

Asia Today: 4th-worst-hit India sees rural virus cases soar

India's coronavirus caseload has risen to 425,282 as infections soar in rural areas to which migrant workers fleeing major cities have returned in recent weeks. India's health ministry on

Asia Today: Beijing’s daily cases drop, India’s rise sharply

China's capital reported a decline in newly confirmed cases of coronavirus Thursday, with a public health expert saying a recent outbreak in the city was under control and the number

Melco suspends and revamps House of Dancing Water show

Melco Resorts & Entertainment announced its House of Dancing Water show at the City of Dreams Cotai property will be suspended starting from today (Thursday) to January next year to be

Asia Today: Beijing adds more measures to curb new outbreak

BEIJING — Beijing reported a slight increase in new coronavirus cases Wednesday as it fights a new outbreak with strict measures aimed at reducing human contact and the chances of

Dexamethasone | First drug proves able to improve survival from Covid-19

Researchers in England say they have the first evidence that a drug can improve COVID-19 survival: A cheap, widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by up to one third

Asia Today: More controls used in Beijing as outbreak grows

BEIJING — China increased testing and lockdown measures in parts of the capital Tuesday to control what appeared to be its largest coronavirus outbreak in more than two months. The 40

Maria Ressa: Philippine journalist convicted of libel, given 6-year term

An award-winning journalist critical of the Philippine president was convicted of libel and sentenced to jail Monday in a decision called a major blow to press freedom in an Asian

Asia Today: Beijing reinstates virus controls as cases rise, Seoul traces new infections

BEIJING — China reported 49 new coronavirus cases on Monday as the capital Beijing reinstated measures to contain a resurgence. Of the new cases, 36 were reported in Beijing, traced to

Europe reopens many borders but not to Americans, Asians

Europe is taking a big step toward a new normality as many countries open borders to fellow Europeans after three months of coronavirus lockdowns — but even though Europeans love

Protesters in US call attention to deaths of more black men

Protests initially ignited by the May 25 death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police continued over the weekend, as anti-racism protesters in the United States sought to

Asia Today: China sees 57 new cases, Bangladesh over 3,000

BEIJING — China on Sunday reported its biggest one-day jump in coronavirus cases in two months after closing the biggest wholesale food market in Beijing and locking down nearby residential

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