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Cardinal's accuser 'accepts' acquittal in child abuse case

A former choirboy who accused Australian Cardinal George Pell of molesting him said Wednesday he accepts the top Vatican cleric's acquittal, but urged survivors of child sex abuse to keep coming forward.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/8 17:53:40

'Dead city, everyone is scared': Singapore toughens measures, closes workplaces

Singapore's usually bustling business district was almost deserted Tuesday as most workplaces in the city-state closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in cases.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/7 17:43:41

Cardinal Pell to walk free after appeal win

Cardinal George Pell's historic child sex abuse convictions were quashed by Australia's High Court on Tuesday, paving the way for the senior Catholic cleric's release from prison.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/7 17:38:40

Odd number in India coronavirus testing data sparks questions

A statistical oddity in India's new coronavirus testing numbers has sparked questions about the country's data management.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/7 17:33:40

NZ demotes minister for coronavirus lockdown breach, extends emergency

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she had rejected her health minister's offer to resign for breaching nationwide lockdown rules as doing so would jeopardize plans to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/7 17:28:41

Japan PM Abe declares state of emergency over virus

Japan PM Abe declares state of emergency over virus
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/7 16:59:03

State of emergency declared in Japan amid COVID-19 pandemic

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus outbreak, the first of its kind in the country.
Source: CGTN | 2020/4/7 16:54:06

Philippines wants to learn from Chinese experts on how to stop COVID-19: senior health official

"From the Chinese experts, we'd like to ask a lot of things," Philippine Health Assistant Secretary Kenneth Ronquillo said after a briefing session with Chinese medical experts on Monday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/7 12:39:43

Realizing Bangladesh's full potential of demographic dividend

The government of Bangladesh is facing a number of challenges in the population sector as the birth rate is not falling to the expecte level. The number of old people is also rising.
Source: the Financial Express | 2020/4/7 10:43:34

Japan to declare coronavirus emergency, launch $990 bln stimulus - PM

Japan is to impose a state of emergency in Tokyo and six other prefectures as early as Tuesday to try to stop the coronavirus, the prime minister said, with the government preparing a $990 billion stimulus package to soften the economic blow.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/6 20:23:45

Russia ready to coordinate cooperation, stabilize oil markets: Kremlin

Saudi Arabia and Russia are close to a deal on oil output cuts to reduce a global glut, a top Russian oil negotiator said on Monday, but details such as how to sort out production curbs remained unclear ahead of talks planned for later this week.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/6 20:13:40

Indians light lamps to heed Modi's call for coronavirus comradeship

Millions of Indians turned off their lights and lit up balconies and doorsteps with lamps, candles and flashlights on Sunday, in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to "challenge the darkness" spread by the coronavirus crisis.
Source: Reuters - AFP | 2020/4/6 19:18:40

Disgraced cardinal awaits appeal verdict

Cardinal George Pell will learn whether his appeal against child sex abuse convictions has been successful this week, when Australia's High Court hands down its judgment on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/6 18:28:41

Deadly Pacific storm hits Vanuatu

A deadly Pacific cyclone intensified as it hit Vanuatu on Monday, threatening a natural disaster that experts fear will undermine the impoverished Pacific nation's battle to remain coronavirus-free.
Source: AFP | 2020/4/6 18:28:40

Virus-hit cruise ship docks in Australia

Carnival Corp's troubled Ruby Princess cruise liner, the biggest single source of coronavirus infections in Australia, docked south of Sydney on Monday to get help for sick crew members requiring urgent medical treatment.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/6 18:23:41

Traditional Kuwaiti market shifts to digital due to coronavirus outbreak

The novel coronavirus pandemic leads to the closure of commercial centers, malls, and markets in Kuwait, including the old Al-Mubarakiya market in the capital Kuwait City.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/6 14:03:29

Japanese girl rewrites Chinese song to help fight COVID-19

Japanese girl rewrites Chinese anti-epidemic charity song with Japanese lyrics, sing with friends on Tokyo street to bolster #COVID19 fight in Japan
Source: Xinhua | 2020/4/6 10:45:59

Aussie court to rule on cleric's fate

Ex-Vatican treasurer George Pell will learn on Tuesday ­whether he can walk free from jail, when Australia's highest court hands down its judgment on his appeal against historical child sex offences.
Source: Reuters | 2020/4/2 22:18:41