Coronavirus cases surge worldwide as people let their guard down

Cases worldwide breached the nine million mark and experts warn infections could rise in Singapore too.

Thousands of Palestinians protest against Israeli annexation plan

Dozens of foreign diplomats attend Jericho event, including UN envoy stressing annexation is against international law.

China bans some US chicken, shuts Pepsi plant to fight coronavirus

BEIJING: China banned imports from a top US poultry producer and ordered a Beijing Pepsi factory to close on Sunday (Jun 21) as authorites clamped

British man in Bali rescued after 6 days trapped in well

A British man who spent six days trapped in a well after being chased by a dog has been rescued on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

Alleged sex attacks on schoolgirls in Thailand prompts national reckoning on patriarchy, gender bias

BANGKOK: Last month, a grandmother reported to the police that her 14-year-old granddaughter had been raped over the course of more than a year.

Singapore bank deposits jump as Hong Kong, COVID-19 sow uncertainty

A record jump in money flowing into Singapore bank accounts from abroad underlines the country's safe haven appeal during the COVID-19

Beating the blockade: How Qatar prevailed over a siege

Doha's rapid self-sufficiency measures after the 2017 blockade prepared it for the coronavirus pandemic challenges.

'Answered prayers': Fiji declares itself coronavirus free

Fiji announced it was Covid-19 free Friday (June 5) after the island nation's last known infected patient was given the all-clear,

About $72 billion set aside to save jobs and workers: Heng Swee Keat

About 80 per cent of the nearly $100 billion set aside to tackle the coronavirus pandemic will be used to support businesses and help workers keep their jobs.

COVID-19 pandemic 'under control' in France: government adviser

The COVID-19 pandemic is now "under control" in France, the head of the government's scientific advisory council said Friday, as the country

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffers most extensive coral bleaching

Australia's Great Barrier Reef suffered its most extensive coral bleaching event in March.

Coronavirus: Jakarta eases restrictions in 'transition phase', strict health protocols remain

Indonesia has moved to gently ease restrictive measures in its capital of Jakarta.

Hong Kong national anthem law debate delayed again as opposition lawmakers throw foul-smelling liquid at president's seat

Eddie Chu and Raymond Chan hauled away by security guards after Chu emptied bottle of foul-smelling liquid in Legislative Council chamber.

Philippines' war on drugs included 'systematic extrajudicial killings with near impunity', UN report says

The most conservative figure suggests that 8,663 people have been killed, with other estimates up to triple that number, the report says.

Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai says businesses kowtowing to Beijing

HK media tycoon Jimmy Lai said some of the city's biggest companies have given in to pressure to voice support for a controversial national security law drafted by China.

Taiwan eyes $1.8 billion in foreign tech investment under new scheme

Taiwan hopes a new programme will attract T$40 billion (S$1.87 billion) of R&D investment by foreign tech companies, creating more than 6,300 jobs a year.

Coffin-makers booming as Peru coronavirus deaths soar

LIMA: As the coronavirus-hit economy of Peru stagnated over the past three months, Lima coffin-maker Genaro Cabrera has seen his sales quadruple.

Facebook labels state-controlled media posts, will block ads

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday (Jun 4) began labelling media organisations whose editorial calls may be under the influence of governments

Google faces $5 billion lawsuit in U.S. for tracking 'private' internet use

Google sued in a proposed class action accusing the internet search company of illegally invading the privacy of millions of users.

Wall Street rises on Boeing, economic recovery hopes

A jump in Boeing shares led Wall Street higher on Wednesday, with investors hopeful of a rebound from a coronavirus-led economic slump amid continuing social unrest in the country.

Egypt, UAE welcome resumption of Libya ceasefire talks

Key backers of Haftar release joint statement calling 'for parties to fully commit to the political process'.

Iran calls on US to 'stop violence' against its own people

Let them breathe', foreign ministry spokesman tells US as protests seeking justice for George Floyd's death intensify.

Police fire rubber bullets, tear gas to disperse peaceful protest near White House

Donald Trump vows to use US. military to halt protests over the death of a black man in police custody.

US may open doors to Hongkongers in response to China's push for national security law, Mike Pompeo says

Asked about welcoming people from city to ‘come here and bring their entrepreneurial creativity’, Secretary of State Pompeo says Washington is ‘considering it’.

Strict measures for Saudi worshippers as mosques reopen

Mask-clad worshippers flock to Saudi mosques two months after communal prayers were suspended.

Tanker truck drives into protesters on Minneapolis highway, driver arrested

A tanker truck drove into protesters in Minneapolis, but none of the marchers were injured.

Coronavirus losing potency, says top Italian doctor

The new coronavirus is losing its potency and has become much less lethal, a senior Italian doctor said.

Drug syndicates get crafty as supply disrupted, prices spike

Border closures and movement restrictions are hindering the global supply of illegal drugs.

NASA resumes human spaceflight from U.S. soil with historic SpaceX launch

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, launched two Americans toward orbit from Florida on Saturday

Divert weapons funding to research to prevent next pandemic, pope says

Pope Francis on Saturday urged politicians to divert funds spent on weapons to research to prevent another pandemic, as he led the largest

Israel police kill Palestinian they mistakenly thought was armed

Israeli police in annexed east Jerusalem on Saturday shot dead a Palestinian with special needs they mistakenly thought was armed with a pistol

Spain's daily coronavirus death toll drops to a handful

Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by four on Saturday (May 30) to 27,125, the Health Ministry said, reflecting a dramatic decline in daily

Thailand reports 1 new coronavirus case, no new deaths

Thailand reported one new coronavirus case on Saturday and no new deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,077

Trump Announces End To Hong Kong Privileges After China's Move

President Trump says the U.S. would take a number of steps after China's central government asserted more direct authority over Hong Kong

London opens door for Hongkongers with BN(O) passports to stay at least year in Britain

Offer that could pave way for citizenship comes as China pushes ahead with new national security law for former colonial city

Many Canadians shocked by US riots, Canada has racism problem too, PM Trudeau says

Many Canadians are watching the riots in parts of the United States with shock and horror but Canada also has problems with racism, Prime Minister

Argentina's ex-president Macri probed over 'spying'

Prosecutors in Argentina have opened an investigation into allegations that former president Mauricio Macri spied on political opponents during

US revokes Hong Kong special status as anger grows over China law

WASHINGTON: The United States has revoked Hong Kong's special status under US law, opening the way for the city to be stripped of trading

As US toll nears 1,00,000, Trump, allies berate Beijing

US News: Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States are poised to tick over 100,000 on Tuesday even as President Donald Trump congratulated himself.

Taiwan president pledges humanitarian relief for Hong Kongers

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday pledged to draw up a plan to give humanitarian relief to people involved in pro-democracy protests

Rio Tinto admits damaging Australian Aboriginal heritage site

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has admitted damaging ancient Aboriginal rock shelters in the remote Pilbara region.

NASA set to resume human spaceflight from US soil with historic SpaceX launch

SpaceX, the private rocket company of billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, was set to launch two Americans into orbit on Wednesday from Florida on

Hong Kong police arrest 300 as thousands protest over security laws

Police in Hong Kong fired pepper pellets and made 300 arrests as thousands of people took to the streets over national security legislation proposed by China.

Japan approves fresh $1.1 trillion stimulus to combat pandemic pain

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet approved on Wednesday a new $1.1 trillion stimulus package to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

Spain urges foreign holidaymakers to return in July

The world's second-most visited nation closed its doors and beaches in March to contain the coronavirus outbreak.

Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following

Abu Sayyaf targeting kidnapping from vessels off East Malaysia

Vessels have been warned of potential kidnappings by Abu Sayyaf Group militants in the waters off East Malaysia.

Protests in Ecuador against job and wage cuts

QUITO: Demonstrators defied coronavirus restrictions to march in cities across Ecuador on Monday (May 25) in protest against President Lenin

US used car dealer charged with inflating price of N95 face masks

NEW YORK: A New Jersey used car dealer was criminally charged on Tuesday (May 26) with exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by trying to defraud.

Some S'pore voters' eligibility to vote in next GE depends on whether they are on Quarantine Order or Stay-Home Notice

Arrangements will be different whether you're on a Quarantine Order or Stay-Home Notice.

Israel's PM Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, goes on trial

Netanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of cases expected to last years.

Trump, Erdogan discussed need for 'rapid de-escalation' in Libya: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday discussed turmoil in Libya and Syria, as well as reopening economies

Namibia culls elephants to 'protect' farmers, crops

Government says 10 elephants put down in the past month after they moved into farming areas during harvest season.

Japan wins virus fight by ignoring rulebook

Japan’s state of emergency is nearing its end with new cases of the coronavirus dwindling to mere dozens.

Activists call for Hong Kong to rise up against new security laws

A Chinese proposal to impose national security laws on Hong Kong raises fears of direct law enforcement.

Human trials of British COVID-19 vaccine to reach 10,000

Oxford University and AstraZeneca are recruiting around 10,000 adults and children in Britain for trials of an experimental coronavirus vaccine, a

Iran hails arms supply to Palestinians against 'tumour' Israel

Iran's Supreme Leader on Friday (May 22) denounced Israel as a "tumor" to be eliminated and hailed Tehran's supply of arms to Palestinians

Women crushed to death in Sri Lanka stampede for $8 handout

Three women trampled to death outside businessman's warehouse for annual handout to mark holy month of Ramadan.

Canada's Shopify CEO says era of 'office centricity is over; most staff to permanently work from home

Canadian e-commerce firm Shopify Inc would keep its offices closed till 2021 and allow most employees to work remotely on a permanent basis after

Israel cyberattack caused 'total disarray' at Iran port: Report

Security officials say strike on Shahid Rajaee terminal was 'tit-for-tat' after alleged hack in Israel: Washington Post.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks to skip opening of corruption trial

Lawyers for the Israeli leader said that due to a requirement for five bodyguards, the hearing would break coronavirus distancing rules.