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US deployment of bio-labs around the world creates security dilemmas in vulnerable regions: observers

The world should be alerted to the continuing deployment of biological and chemical weapons laboratories by the US around the world, which shows its heightened cold-war mentality is causing security dilemmas in vulnerable regions, observers noted.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/30 0:56:27

Next crop of COVID-19 vaccine makers favor tradition

While the handful of drugmakers dominating the global coronavirus vaccine race are pushing the boundaries of vaccine technology, the next crop under development feature more conventional, proven designs.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/29 18:48:40

Central banks flex their green muscle for climate fight

Central bankers fighting to save the global economy from the coronavirus fallout are preparing to deploy their firepower in another unprecedented battle - against climate change.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/29 18:33:41

Nigeria's Okonjo-Iweala faces US opposition as proposed WTO chief

Key WTO ambassadors tapped Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Wednesday as the best pick to lead the organization on Wednesday, but she was opposed by Washington, who said it supported South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee instead.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/29 17:08:41

France, Germany thrust into lockdown

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ordered their countries back into lockdown on Wednesday, as a massive second wave of coronavirus infections threatened to overwhelm Europe before the winter.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/29 16:43:40

Digital health tech helps China and Africa fight the COVID-19 pandemic

Digital technology has played a key role in China's effective anti-pandemic work and Africa is following China's lead, experts said Wednesday during an online conference to discuss how China's digital technology can assist Africa's COVID-19 fight.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/29 0:05:26

Bank loans scrutinized for harm to wildlife, climate in 2019: researchers

Campaigners called on Wednesday for global banks to stop financing industrial activities driving animal and plant species towards extinction, after a report ranked 50 lenders involved in sectors that pose the greatest threat to wildlife.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/28 19:23:41

Italy police battle virus protests

Italian police fired teargas at demonstrators protesting virus restrictions on Tuesday for the second night running, as dire figures on global tourism and investment highlighted the devastating economic impact of the pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/28 16:48:40

Muslims' France protests surge

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday in the biggest anti-France rally since French President Emmanuel Macron defended cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/28 15:33:41

Keeping girls in school seen worth billions to developing nations

Making sure all girls are finishing secondary education by 2030 could boost the gross domestic product (GDP) of developing countries by 10 percent on average over the next decade, a report said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/10/27 18:28:40

Air pollution linked to 15 percent of coronavirus deaths

Long-term exposure to air pollution may be linked to 15 percent of COVID-19 deaths globally, according to research published on Tuesday that highlights the health risks posed by greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/27 18:13:40

Moon richer with water than once thought

There may be far more water on the moon than previously thought, according to two studies published Monday raising the tantalizing prospect that astronauts on future space missions could find refreshment - and maybe even fuel - on the lunar surface.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/27 18:08:40

Giving up on efforts to control virus 'dangerous,' warns WHO chief

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief warned Monday that abandoning efforts to control the coronavirus pandemic, as suggested by a top US official, was “dangerous,” urging countries not to “give up.”
Source: AFP | 2020/10/27 16:38:40

Putin invites NATO to jointly reduce tensions in Europe as INF Treaty ends

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday asked the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to jointly de-escalate the situation in Europe since the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty has terminated.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/27 14:26:33

Int'l cooperation only way to defeat COVID-19, climate emergency: UN chief

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that international cooperation is the only way to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate emergency.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/10/27 9:35:29

Spain sees 2nd virus emergency

Spain declared a national state of emergency Sunday to tackle a second coronavirus wave as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a third straight day of record new infections around the world.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/26 15:18:41

Treaty banning nuclear weapons to enter into force

An international treaty banning nuclear weapons has been ratified by a 50th country, the UN said Saturday, allowing the “historic” text to enter into force after 90 days.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/25 17:28:40

Italy protesters, police clash over virus

Italian demonstrators staged Europe's latest public rally against new anti-coronavirus restrictions early Sunday, as more countries tightened social distancing rules over the weekend to fight surges in infections.
Source: AFP | 2020/10/25 17:08:40