Japan PM wants basic policy on new digital agency by year-end - Media

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Wednesday he wanted to compile a basic policy on a new digital agency by the end of 2020 and submit the bills to 2021's ordinary session of parliament, local media reported.

Mongolia authorities confirms teenage boy died of plague

A suspected case of plague in western Mongolia has been confirmed by lab test results, the country's health ministry reported on Tuesday.

Filming locations of hit suspense show become popular tourist attractions

The filming locations of the Chinese hit crime/suspense drama The Bad Kids have become popular tourist attractions among its fans, with many Chinese netizens saying that the well-received TV series not only brings joy to audiences, but can also boost ...

Let's ride!

Saudi and expat members of the Hawks Riyadh MC club wave a Saudi national flag as they ride their motorcycles in a parade to mark Saudi national day in the ...

Big seizure

An Indonesian narcotics officer burns a pile of confiscated marijuana during a ceremony at the regional police headquarters in Banda Aceh, Indonesia on Wednesday. Some 372.6 kilograms of marijuana, 80.2 ...

Death toll from India building collapse jumps to 20

The death toll from an apartment block collapse in western India climbed to 20 on Tuesday, with more bodies likely to be recovered, officials said, as rescuers searched for survivors.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 20:18:40

UK leisure group Whitbread says could cut 6,000 jobs

British leisure group Whitbread, owner of Premier Inn hotels, said Tuesday that it could axe up to 6,000 jobs or almost a fifth of its workforce, owing to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 20:13:41

EU court backs French law regulating Airbnb

Europe's top court on Tuesday upheld France's law requiring municipal authorization for short-term property rentals by platforms like Airbnb, a decision that may open the way for several European cities to take action.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 20:13:40

UK Labour leader Starmer urges voters to 'take another look' at his party

British opposition leader Keir Starmer will appeal on Tuesday to former supporters of his Labour Party to return to the fold with the message that it is now under "new leadership" and shares their patriotic values.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/22 20:03:40

Rescuers race to save 180 stranded whales in Australia

Rescuers faced a race against time to save nearly 200 whales stuck in a remote Australian harbor on Tuesday, hoping to prevent the toll of 90 dead from rising further after managing to free “a small number” of the stranded mammals.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 19:52:23

Study suggests dengue may provide some immunity against COVID-19

A new study that analyzed the coronavirus outbreak in Brazil has found a link between the spread of the virus and past outbreaks of dengue fever that suggests exposure to the mosquito-transmitted illness may provide some level of immunity against COVID-19.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/22 19:48:40

Wood, metal, paper and fabric can help cut climate-harming emissions

Replacing plastics used in buildings with metal, wood, ceramics and glass, turning to paper and fabric for packaging, and boosting recycling rates could slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, researchers said on Monday.
Source: Reuters | 2020/9/22 19:43:40

China can powerfully counter US threats in first, second island chains

Although China's overall naval and air forces strength still haves a gap with that those of the US, if Washington poses a direct threat to China's national defense security and strategic security from the military bases in the second island chain, China is fully capable of making them pay corresponding prices. In this sense, China may need to further strengthen its strategic power projection capabilities and combined naval and air force combat capabilities.
Source: Global Times | 2020/9/22 18:38:40

US economy to recover provided 'safe' from virus: Powell

The US economy will only recover from the coronavirus downturn when people feel safe to resume their normal activities, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said in remarks released on Monday ahead of a congressional testimony.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 19:58:41

Island destination

When he stepped onto the rickety boat which would take him from Africa to the Canary Islands, 16-year-old Madassa Mohammed didn't know about the coronavirus epidemic which was sweeping across Europe.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 15:38:40

EU sanctions three firms for breaking UN arms embargo on Libya

The European Union (EU) on Monday imposed sanctions on three companies – one Turkish, one Kazakh and one Jordanian – for breaching the UN arms embargo on Libya, drawing an angry reaction from Turkey.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 15:33:40

Finland calls off major intl military exercise

Finland said Monday it was canceling a large-scale military exercise planned for 2021 involving 20,000 troops from 13 countries due to the conronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 15:28:40

US hits 200,000 virus deaths

The US registered 200,000 COVID-19 deaths on Monday, the latest grim milestone for the country just weeks before voters decide if President Donald Trump will stay in office.
Source: AFP | 2020/9/22 15:23:41