The Buzz | Giant panda in French zoo gives birth to female twins

A giant panda on loan to France from China gave birth to two female twin cubs yesterday, a French zoo announced. The Beauval Zoo, south of Paris, said the twins were

The Buzz | Hong Kong police arrest man for booing national anthem

Hong Kong police have arrested a man accused of booing the Chinese national anthem while watching an Olympic event at a mall. The 40-year-old man was allegedly waving colonial-era Hong Kong

The Buzz | Sunisa Lee takes gold in women’s gymnastics final

An American finished atop the podium in the women’s Olympic gymnastics all-around, just like always. Sunisa Lee became the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic title yesterday, edging Rebeca

The Buzz | Chinese farmer who praised lawyers sentenced to 18 years

A prominent Chinese pig farmer who was detained after praising lawyers during a crackdown on legal activists by President Xi Jinping’s government was sentenced to 18 years in prison on

The Buzz | Thailand sends COVID-19 patients to hometowns by train

Authorities in Thailand began transporting some people who tested positive for the coronavirus from Bangkok to their hometowns yesterday for isolation and treatment to alleviate the burden on the capital’s

The Buzz | Vietnam locks down capital Hanoi for 15 days as cases rise

Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital Hanoi starting Saturday as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region. The lockdown order, issued late Friday night, bans the

The Buzz | Pope honors grandparents on first World Day for elderly

Pope Francis celebrated the Roman Catholic Church’s first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly yesterday. Francis solicited a round of applause from the faithful in St. Peter’s Square and urged

The Buzz | Man with coronavirus disguises as wife on Indonesian flight

Indonesian man with the coronavirus has boarded a domestic flight disguised as his wife, wearing a niqab covering his face and carrying fake IDs and a negative PCR test result. But

The Buzz | German Cabinet approves some USD472 million in first flood aid

Germany’s Cabinet yesterday approved a roughly 400 million-euro ($472 million) package of immediate aid for victims of last week’s floods and vowed to get started quickly on rebuilding the devastated

The Buzz | Chinese pop star dumped by brands over sex complaint

A popular Chinese-Canadian singer, Kris Wu, has lost endorsement and other deals with at least 10 brands including Porsche and Bulgari after a teen-ager accused him of having sex with

The Buzz | China announces five leading cities in developing int’l consumption centers

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced yesterday that with the approval of the State Council, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin and Chongqing will take the lead in developing international consumption center

The Buzz | First positive COVID tests for athletes in Olympic Village

Two athletes living in the Olympic Village have tested positive for COVID-19, the first to do so with the Tokyo Games opening on Friday. Organizers confirmed the positive tests yesterday and

The Buzz | More than 20 dead, dozens missing in heavy Europe floods

More than 20 people have died and dozens of people were missing yesterday in Germany and neighboring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streams and streets into raging torrents, sweeping away

The Buzz | Retired police officers protest in Ukraine’s capital

A crowd of retired police officers tried to storm Ukraine’s parliament yesterday and blocked several streets in the capital, Kyiv, during a protest demanding higher pensions. Former police officers rammed through

The Buzz | IOC’s Bach slips up and refers to Japanese as ‘Chinese’

IOC President Thomas Bach appeared in public yesterday for the first time since arriving in Tokyo last week and with the pandemic-postponed Olympics opening in just 10 days. Bach spent his

The Buzz | Trump lawyers might be penalized over Michigan election case

A federal judge is considering whether to order financial penalties or other sanctions against some of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers who signed onto a lawsuit last year challenging Michigan’s

The Buzz | Syria’s president decrees 50% salary hike amid harsh crisis

Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a decree yesterday giving hundreds of thousands of civil servants and military members a 50% salary increase amid a harsh economic and financial crisis and

The Buzz | Latest hack to test Biden’s vow for consequences for Russia

President Joe Biden said he would “deliver” a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin about the latest ransomware attacks targeting American businesses, setting up a test of Biden’s ability to

The Buzz | Dutch crime reporter shot, badly wounded in Amsterdam street

One of the Netherlands’ best known crime reporters was shot Tuesday evening in a brazen attack in downtown Amsterdam and was fighting for his life in a hospital, the Dutch

The Buzz | German who ran think tank arrested for spying for China

A German man who ran a think tank has been arrested on suspicion of being an informant for Chinese intelligence for years, German prosecutors said yesterday. Federal prosecutors said the suspect,

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