Singapore’s long lockdown challenges leaders facing election

Singapore’s approach to the virus is set to become a defining issue in upcoming elections, with lockdown curbs set to drag on past most of Asia’s after its original, less

Wuhan tests 10 million people, finds few infections

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was first detected late last year, has tested nearly 10 million people in an unprecedented 19-day campaign to check an entire city. It

South Korea reopening schools despite spike in cases

South Korea yesterday reported 49 new cases of COVID-19, continuing a weekslong resurgence of the virus as the government defended its decision to reopen schools despite health risks. The figures announced

Italy to map out economic revival as travel ban ends

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte will unveil his plan to rebuild a battered economy on the day Italians end almost three months of lockdown measures and can again travel freely. The premier

Europe’s economy scarred by lockdowns starts on slow recovery

Europe’s economy is slowly emerging from a record slump that’s destroyed businesses and jobs and could lead to a near double-digit contraction year. A gauge of economic activity in the 19-nation

Macau Urban Renewal Limited records loss in 2019

Government-owned Macau Urban Renewal Limited recorded an investment loss of 1,439,932 patacas in 2019, according to the Follow-up Committee for Public Finance Affairs of the Legislative Assembly (AL). Yesterday, the committee

This Day in History | 1982 Israeli ambassador shot in London

The Israeli ambassador to Britain is critically ill in hospital after being shot on a London street. Shlomo Argov, 52, was leaving a diplomatic function at the Dorchester Hotel

Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

Wielding extraordinary federal authority, President Donald Trump threatened the nation’s governors yesterday that he would deploy the military to states if they did not stamp out violent protests over

This Day in History | 1953 Queen Elizabeth takes coronation oath

Queen Elizabeth II has been crowned at a coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey in London. In front of more than 8,000 guests, including prime ministers and heads of state from around

Mass gatherings, erosion of trust upend coronavirus control

Protests erupting across the nation over the past week — and law enforcement’s response to them — are threatening to upend efforts by health officials to track and contain the

Pandemic opens door to ideas new and old for a better economy

Modern economies will change forever after the coronavirus pandemic passes if some radical thinkers get their way. Governments have already cast aside dogmas at least temporarily - such as Germany’s “black

Mosques reopen in Saudi Arabia and Jerusalem amid virus woes

Tens of thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia reopened yesterday for the first time in more than two months, with worshipers ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread

Greece clarifies policy, to allow tourists from all nations

Greek officials said Saturday that the country will not limit arriving airline passengers next month to people coming from 29 countries but that travelers who departed from places that aren’t

This Day in History | 2001 Nepal royal family massacred

The King and Queen of Nepal have been shot dead after the heir to the throne went on the rampage with a gun before turning it on himself. Eleven people died

India to exit lockdown in phases even as infections surge

India announced a phased lifting of the nationwide lockdown by allowing malls, restaurants and places of worship to open from June 8, as the country attempts to revive an economy

US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people

The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more

Rubio warns of foreign actors amplifying virus conspiracies

Sen. Marco Rubio, the new Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is warning that foreign actors will seek to amplify conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and find new ways

WHO warns that first wave of pandemic not over; dampens hopes

As Brazil and India struggle with surging coronavirus cases, a top health expert is warning that the world is still smack in the middle of the pandemic, dampening hopes for

Xi seeks victory over Trump in race for a Covid-19 vaccine

President Xi Jinping’s government is throwing the might of the Chinese state behind the country’s vaccine developers as the world races to make a shot against the coronavirus. The sheer scale

US faces a Memorial Day like no other; Greek islands reopen

Americans prepared to mark a Memorial Day like no other as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations, while Greece sought to revive its crucial tourism sector by restoring ferry services

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