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Philippine Foreign Secretary hails China's anti-virus efforts

Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin praised China's efforts to contain the novel coronavirus pneumonia with its scientific capabilities to monitor the disease to prevent a larger scale of spreading across continents, offering a ­perspective of the Southeast Asian country in handling crisis on regional cooperation to fight the disease.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/21 23:58:00

Coronavirus batters S.Korea

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea surged to 204 on Friday. The severe situation in South Korea also tests how resilient its economy is as well as its relations with China.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/21 21:39:44

3rd group of passengers leave virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan

A third group of passengers on Friday are disembarking from the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Yokohama near Tokyo, with health officials hoping that around 450 passengers will leave the vessel by the end of Friday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/21 20:16:44

Thai court disbands opposition political party

Thailand's Constitution Court on Friday delivered a ruling to dissolve the Future Forward Party, Thailand's opposition political party.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/21 19:47:20

Methane emissions from human activity 40 pct higher than previously thought: Australian study

An Australian study on frozen air has found that human-caused emissions of a prominent greenhouse gas are significantly higher than previously thought.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/21 19:40:57

Iran 'stands together' with China and its people in combating epidemic: ambassador

On the occasion of the 41st anniversary of the founding of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Global Times reporter Xie Wenting (GT) interviewed Iran's Ambassador to China Mohammad Keshavarzzadeh (Keshavarzzadeh) on a range of topics from the current novel coronavirus outbreak to regional and international issues.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/20 22:28:40

2 cruise ship passengers succumb to virus

Two former passengers on the coronavirus-wracked Diamond Princess have died, local media reported Thursday, as fears mount about those leaving the ship after testing negative for the disease.
Source: Agencies | 2020/2/20 21:53:40

Australia launches inquiry into bushfires

Australia set up a national inquiry Thursday into its five-month bushfire crisis that affected three in four Australians and prompted widespread criticism of the government for its sluggish response to the blazes.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/20 17:53:41

Sole COVID-19 patient in Sri Lanka discharged from hospital after recovery

Sole COVID-19 patient in Sri Lanka discharged from hospital after recovery
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/20 10:43:56

Former S.Korean president Lee begins 17-year sentence after losing appeal

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was taken to prison Wednesday to begin a 17-year term for bribery and embezzlement after losing an appeal against a lighter sentence.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/19 21:33:40

Ghani secures second term as Afghan President

Ashraf Ghani secured a second term as president of Afghanistan on Tuesday, but his bitter rival Abdullah Abdullah immediately challenged final election figures and said he was forming his own government.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/19 21:23:40

Passengers upset with Japan

Hundreds of people began ­disembarking a cruise ship quarantined in Japan on Wednesday as criticism mounted of Japan's handling of the sea-borne outbreak where the new coronavirus appears to have run rife and infected more than 620 people.
Source: Reuters | 2020/2/19 21:13:41

Vietnam to boost power generation

Vietnam will more than double its power generation capacity over the next decade to support a fast-growing economy, new guidelines for a national energy development strategy show.
Source: Reuters | 2020/2/19 19:13:40

California to atone for Japanese internment

Nearly 80 years after the US authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, California plans to formally apologize this week for its role in one of the darkest chapters in US history.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/19 18:47:46

Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide: Aussie ex-PM

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberately downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/19 18:38:40

Passengers start disembarking from virus-hit Diamond Princess in Japan

Passengers on the novel coronavirus-inflicted Diamond Princess cruise ship started disembarking on Wednesday in Japan's Yokohama Port after a two-week quarantine period.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/2/19 18:12:58

Cambodia PM defends ship docking despite virus diagnosis

Cambodia's Prime Minister defended on Tuesday his decision to allow a US cruise ship to dock despite at least one passenger later being diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus, while authorities are trying to track down hundreds that came in contact with her.
Source: AFP | 2020/2/18 21:48:40

Japan to use HIV drugs to treat patients

Japan plans to trial HIV medications to treat patients infected with coronavirus as its growing number of cases poses an increasing threat to the economy and public health, the government's top spokesman said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/2/18 21:43:40