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APEC expected to react coldly to Trump's presumed unilateralism speech at summit

As global leaders push for free trade at the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, the world couldn't help but wonder what kind of "curtain call" US President Donald Trump will deliver during his reportedly confirmed attendance on Friday, his second and probably last at the vital forum for economic cooperation in the world's most vibrant region for growth.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/20 11:26:44

Swiss strike carbon offset deal with Ghanaian govt

Some of Switzerland's carbon dioxide emissions are to be offset through projects in Ghana, the Swiss government announced Wednesday, after concluding a similar deal last month with Peru.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/19 20:28:40

Wild animal populations not declining as feared: study

The population of most wild animals with a backbone - mammals, amphibians, birds, reptiles and fish - is stable, scientists said Wednesday in a finding sharply at odds with a benchmark report issued every two years by environmental group WWF.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/19 20:18:40

As millions face famine, women at risk of hunger as they eat last and least

With millions on the brink of famine in four nations, women and girls will be hardest hit due to cultural beliefs and COVID-19's economic impacts, the charity CARE said on Wednesday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/11/19 20:08:40

What potential risks lay ahead for China's COVID-19 vaccine export?

Brazil's sudden suspension of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trials on November 9 raised concerns about obstacles China faces in exporting its vaccines. Although clinical trials of the vaccine soon resumed in Brazil, political wrangling behind multi-layered stakeholders and commercial interests in host countries pose increasing potential risks to Chinese vaccines' distribution abroad.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 18:28:41

China, Russia lead BRICS summit in COVID-19 cooperation, multilateralism

The fruitful results yielded at the BRICS Summit on Tuesday highlights the bloc's multilateralism and reflects that despite growing uncertainties brought by unpredictable events, such as the US presidential election and the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Russia have clearer and firmer targets aimed at deepening their strategic partnership and maintaining global stability, experts said.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/18 1:31:29

Trump administration to seek bids on Arctic oil leases

The US on Monday invited oil companies to choose arctic drilling prospects as President Donald Trump races to enact a controversial Alaska leasing plan in his final days in office.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/17 18:13:42

WHO hails vaccine progress

Reported breakthroughs in COVID-19 vaccine research are “encouraging,” the World Health Organization's chief said on Monday, but voiced concern about surging cases and warned against complacency.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/17 17:23:40

Aussie backbencher's China-smearing 'balderdash' weaponizes Olympic Games for political gain: expert

An Australian backbencher, who is famous for his hawkish views on China, again made irresponsibly, melodramatic and outrageous remarks comparing the 2022 Beijing Olympic Winter Games to the 1936 Olympic Games hosted by Nazi Germany, a comment that Chinese experts said was mere "attention-seeking" and an attempt to weaponize the global sports event to serve his dark conspiratorial agenda.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/16 22:46:22

China-developed COVID-19 vaccine to enter late-stage trial in Uzbekistan

The Uzbek government has recently told media that the country will carry out a phase-3 trial of a China-developed vaccine for COVID-19, which makes the vaccine China's fifth candidate to enter late-stage human tests overseas.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/16 12:07:48

Public money guarantees 'risky' fossil fuel projects: experts

Energy firms are undertaking financially risky natural gas extraction projects from the Arctic to Africa made feasible by government-backed loans and guarantees, jeopardizing efforts to curb global warming, experts say.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/15 17:23:40

Virus curbs tighten in Europe as global deaths top 1.3m

A swathe of new restrictions to curtail a second wave of coronavirus infections were announced or came into force from Austria to Greece, Italy to Portugal on Saturday as the global death toll climbed above 1.3 million.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/15 16:58:40

WHO chief calls for global system for sharing pathogen materials, clinical samples

The World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Friday that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that there is "an urgent need" for a globally agreed system for sharing pathogen materials and clinical samples, to facilitate rapid development of medical countermeasures as global public goods.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/14 14:09:36

All parties to benefit if ceasefire agreement in Nagorno-Karabakh honored: Russian FM

If all parties in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict honor the ceasefire agreement, everyone will benefit from it, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/13 13:50:40

UN chief calls for stronger ties with SCO in tackling climate crisis, geopolitical tensions

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called for stronger ties with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in tackling climate crisis and geopolitical tensions amid COVID-19 recovery.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/11 11:12:03

Vaccine 'critical milestone' hailed

One of the teams racing to develop a coronavirus vaccine announced Monday that its drug had shown 90 percent effectiveness, sending markets soaring and raising hopes of an end to the pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/10 17:38:43

Global coronavirus tally tops 50m

The global tally of people infected by coronavirus shot past 50 million on Monday, as US president-elect Joe Biden geared up to name the scientists who will lead the country's response to its disastrous outbreak.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/9 16:48:40

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 50 million: Johns Hopkins University

Global COVID-19 cases reach 50,052,204, according to Johns Hopkins University as of 12:16 pm US Eastern Time on Sunday.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/9 1:10:00