Global Virus Vaccine Race Heats Up

Global tensions simmered over the race for a coronavirus vaccine Thursday, as the United States (US) and China traded jabs, and France slammed pharmaceuticals giant Sanofi for suggesting the US would get any eventual vaccine first.Scientists are working at breakneck speed to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, which has killed more than 300,000 people worldwide and pummelled economies.From the US to Europe to Asia, national and local governments are easing lockdow

16 May 2020

The mysterious death of Nora Quoirin

By now many people around the world would have heard of the tragic fate of Franco-Irish teenager Nora Anne Quoirin who went vacationing with her family to the Southeast Asian country of Malaysia.

23 December 2019

Autopsy done on body of lost girl in Malaysia

Malaysian authorities on Wednesday conducted a post-mortem examination on the body of a Franco-Irish teen found in the jungle after she disappeared from a resort, as her family mourned the "unbearable" loss.The unclothed body of Nora Quoirin, 15, was discovered Tuesday in a ravine in dense rainforest after a 10-day hunt involving hundreds of people, helicopters and sniffer dogs.She went missing from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on 4 August, a day after checking in fo

15 August 2019

Body of Franco-Irish teen found in Malaysia jungle

The naked body of a vulnerable Franco-Irish teen who disappeared from a Malaysian resort was found in a jungle ravine Tuesday after a 10-day search involving a hundreds-strong team.A helicopter winched the body out of the rainforest and transported it to hospital, and the parents of missing 15-year-old Nora Quoirin later identified her. She disappeared from the Dusun Resort, not far from Kuala Lumpur, on 4 August, a day after checking in for a holiday with her London-based family.Her

14 August 2019

Malaysian shamans search for missing teen

Shamans conducted rituals in the Malaysian jungle Monday in the latest bid to find a missing Franco-Irish teen, as her family offered a reward for information leading to the girl’s return.Nora Quoirin, a 15-year-old with learning difficulties, disappeared on August 4, a day after checking into resort by a rainforest with her London-based family.They believe she was abducted, but Malaysian police have classified it as a missing person case.About 350 people are searching through dense jungle ne

13 August 2019

Belt and Road test for Europe

The complicated, hot-and-cold relationship between Europe and China takes another turn this week, as several European Union (EU) leaders break ranks to attend the Belt and Road summit in Beijing.The list of European leaders attending the showcase for China's global influence – held Thursday through Saturday – is dominated by eurosceptics and populists eager to vex Brussels, as well as countries hard-up for investments.Giussepe Conte, head of Italy's coalition government, will headli

25 April 2019

Will the Yellow Vests reject the Brown Shirts?

From the moment the French government cancelled its planned fuel tax hike in the face of massive protests, it was obvious that the move would be perceived as inadequate, insignificant, and above all incapable of having any calming effect. Honour to whom honour is due: The Yellow Vests claim to be an expression of the sovereign people.

11 December 2018

The climate change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

10 December 2017

Electric car-sharing service to roll into Singapore

An electric car-sharing service will be launched in Singapore in December, in what the company behind the scheme said Wednesday was a first for Southeast Asia.BlueSG, a subsidiary of France's Bollore Group, said that 80 cars and 30 stations where vehicles can be picked up and dropped off would be operational by the end of the year.The group plans to roll out 1,000 of its custom-built Bluecars by 2020, as well as numerous stations and charging points.The affluent city-state – whose genera

27 September 2017

Vietnam's Independence: A nation united

Vietnam turns seventy-two today. A country once ravaged by war and charmed by the ideals of communism, Vietnam now boasts an ever-thriving population of 96 million citizens consisting of various ethnic groups and linguistic backgrounds as the nation celebrates its independence.

2 September 2017

France criticises Duterte over human rights

France on Wednesday rejected claims by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that people were guilty until proven innocent in its legal system, as it emphasised the importance of human rights and rule of law.The statement released by the French embassy followed Duterte's assessment of the judicial system in France on Monday as he defended his controversial war on drugs that has claimed thousands of lives."We have to point out that, as in the Philippines, the presumption of innocence

30 August 2017