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OPEC to discuss global oil price drop tied with coronavirus

The OPEC club of oil-producing countries will meet on Thursday in Vienna as they weigh how to react to a sharp drop in global oil demand due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/3 20:43:41

Space minnow Indonesia eyes celestial success

Workers snap the miniature rocket's wings into place as Indonesia's little-known space agency readies its latest launch on barren scrubland in East Java.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/3 18:13:40

Police probe threat made on NZ mosque

New Zealand police said on Tuesday they were investigating a threat made this week against one of the Christchurch mosques where 51 Muslim worshippers were killed in a mass shooting a year ago.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/3 20:58:41

North Korea tests 'long-range artillery': KCNA

North Korean state media published pictures on Tuesday of leader Kim Jong Un supervising what it called a “long-range artillery” drill, after Seoul said Pyongyang had launched two short-range ballistic missiles in its first weapons test in months.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/3 21:03:40

Australia confirms first person-to-person transmissions of COVID-19

A woman wearing mask walks on street in Sydney, Australia, on March 2, 2020. Australia's first person-to-person transmissions of COVID-19 were confirmed in the State of New South Wales (NSW) on Monday, with two people contracting the disease while on Australian soil. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/3 11:46:12

Korean sect leader apologizes for COVID-19 spread; may face charges

The leader of a secretive South Korean sect linked to over half the country's 4,330-plus coronavirus cases apologized on Monday for the spread of the disease.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/2 20:03:40

North Korea fires two projectiles

North Korea fired two unidentified projectiles on Monday, the South's military said, weeks after Pyongyang declared its moratorium on long-range missile tests over.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/2 21:43:41

Climate crisis lengthening summers in Australia: study

Australian summers are lengthening by a month or more while winters are getting shorter due to climate change, according to an analysis by a leading think tank released on Monday.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/2 20:18:40

Japan closes nearly all schools in bid to contain COVID-19

Many schools across Japan were closed on Monday as part of a concerted government effort nationwide to contain the new coronavirus (COVID-19) and combat its further spread in Japan.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/2 15:38:14

Japan steps up efforts to combat novel coronavirus as confirmed cases rise

Japan is stepping up efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases, including foreigners, has risen to more than 960, with over 700 of them stemming from the virus-hit Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in the port city of Yokohama.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/2 14:37:42

DPRK fires 2 unidentified projectiles into eastern waters: S.Korean military

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired two unidentified projectiles into the eastern waters on Monday, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/2 12:29:03

Meet Thailand's secret weapon in climate change battle

while it is not alone facing such a threat - Venice, New Orleans, and Jakarta are predicted to be underwater by 2100 - it does have a secret weapon in its battle to negate the impact of a hotter planet: renowned architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom who preaches mindful development over mindless construction.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/2 18:18:40

S.Korea confirms 476 more cases of COVID-19, 4,212 in total

South Korea confirmed 476 more cases of the COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of infections to 4,212.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/2 10:46:55

Mahathir slams PM move as illegal

A staunch Muslim nationalist backed by a scandal-mired party was sworn in as Malaysia's Prime Minister Sunday after a reformist government's collapse, but ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 94, slammed the move as illegal.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/1 21:48:40

In interfering WIPO election, US lays bare toxic 'America First' agenda

When US President Donald Trump put forth his "America First" agenda a few years ago, the world scrambled to find out what exactly it entails and what would be the implications. Then the US ripped apart existing trade deals, tossed out hard-fought international agreements on a wide range of issues from climate change to Iran's nuclear program and global arms control, abandoned UN agencies and crippled the WTO. Finally, the world came to see the ugly truth of that agenda, under which the US seeks to maximize its selfish interests through whatever it takes, even if that means unscrupulously cracking down on other countries, shamelessly disregarding international norms and rules, and irresponsibly wreaking havoc on the global community.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/1 17:27:07

South Korea reports 376 new coronavirus cases, total at 3,526

South Korea reported 376 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of infections to 3,526.
Source: People's Daily | 2020/3/1 9:19:33

Muhyiddin Yassin appointed as new Malaysian PM

Muhyiddin Yassin, former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister, was appointed as the new Prime Minister, according to the Malaysian Palace on Saturday. He will be sworn in on March 1.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/29 17:03:54

US accusation of Chinese ship using laser beam to hype 'China threat': experts

Chinese experts clarified on Friday the reason a Chinese Navy destroyer pointed a laser beam at a US navy patrol aircraft near Guam in international waters of the Pacific Ocean earlier in February is to defend its fleet from the US warplane's dangerous close-in reconnaissance, which the US Navy accused on Thursday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/2/28 23:48:40