Geopolitics

Cambodia Imposes Virus Curbs Along Thai Border

Cambodia imposed fresh coronavirus restrictions Thursday for eight provinces bordering Thailand, clamping down on the movement of millions of residents to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.In recent weeks, scores of Cambodian migrant workers have returned home from Thailand, which is battling a Delta-fuelled COVID-19 wave.Cambodian health authorities raised the alarm this week, citing 39 new Delta cases – 21 in migrant workers returning from Thailand and the rest in conta

29 July 2021
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Pfizer Lifts 2021 Outlook On Surging Vaccine Sales

Pfizer lifted its annual revenue and profit projections Wednesday on surging demand for COVID-19 vaccine doses as executives amplified their case for booster shots amid the latest wave of infections.The two-shot inoculation accounted for more than 40 percent of Pfizer's sales in the second quarter, boosting revenues sharply compared with the same three months of 2020. Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla said more than a billion doses of the vaccine have been delivered so far.Th

29 July 2021
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Myanmar Seeks International Help As COVID Bites

Junta authorities in Myanmar are seeking help from the international community to tackle the coronavirus, state media said Wednesday, as the impoverished country looks beyond ally China in its struggle to beat back a new wave.The nation has been in turmoil since the military took power in February, with many hospitals ill-equipped to cope with a surging caseload after many medical staff walked out in protest at the coup.Stay-at-home orders affecting millions have failed to halt the surge, wit

28 July 2021
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US: China's Sea Claims Have 'No Basis'

Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said Tuesday that Beijing's expansive claims in the South China Sea have "no basis in international law", taking aim at China's growing assertiveness in the hotly contested waters.Austin's broadside came at the start of his first trip to Southeast Asia as United States (US) defence secretary, as he seeks to rally allies in the region as a bulwark to China.President Joe Biden's administration wants to reset relations with Asian countrie

28 July 2021
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Indonesia Reports 2,069 Virus Deaths In 24 Hours

Indonesia reported a record 2,069 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours Tuesday as it faces its deadliest COVID-19 surge since the pandemic began.The grim tally was nearly 600 deaths higher than the previous day and topped last week's daily record of 1,566 deaths, the health ministry said.New infections also shot up to just over 45,000, from about 28,000 on Monday.The eye-watering data comes after the Southeast Asian nation this week loosened virus curbs by allowing small shops, streetside rest

28 July 2021
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Could COVID Vaccines Be Taken As Pills?

In a white, airy laboratory in Medicon Village, one of southern Sweden's largest science parks, chemist Ingemo Andersson holds up a thin, plastic inhaler, half the size of a matchbox.Her team is hoping this tiny product could play a big role in the global fight against coronavirus allowing people to take powdered versions of future vaccines at home."It's easy and it's really cheap to produce," says Johan Waborg, CEO of the firm, which usually makes inhalers for patien

27 July 2021
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HK Convicts Man In First National Security Trial

A Hong Kong court convicted a former waiter of terrorism and inciting secession on Tuesday in the first trial conducted under a national security law that was imposed by China to stamp out dissent.The watershed ruling lays down a new marker in the city's changing legal landscape and confirms that certain political slogans are now outlawed in the international finance hub. Tong Ying-kit, 24, was charged with secession and terrorism after he drove a motorbike into three police off

27 July 2021
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Duterte Hails Drug War, 'Long Way' To Go

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hailed his signature drug war policy Monday, but lamented there was a "long way" to go in the controversial crackdown that has killed thousands of people.In his last State of the Nation address before stepping down next year, Duterte frequently went off script and struggled to follow the autocue as he railed for nearly three hours against communists, child abusers and corrupt officials.As expected, Duterte used the annual speech to boast about th

27 July 2021
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COVID-19: Latest Global Updates

Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:Iran Daily Cases RecordFor the first time Iran's daily caseload crosses the 30,000 mark in a new daily record for the country hit by the Middle East's deadliest outbreak.China CasesChina reports 76 new cases, the highest daily rise since January, including 40 domestic transmissions prompting authorities to test millions in eastern Jiangsu province. Australia Cities Hope Lockdowns are likely to be lifted in

27 July 2021
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COVID Disrupts Vaccinations In Indonesia

Experts warn country faces rise in infectious disease even as it struggles to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Before the pandemic, Mamik Nariati’s five grandchildren were given free immunisations for diseases like polio, mumps and Hepatitis B at their school in the city of Surabaya in East Java.“But since the online school started last year, there is no more immunisation programme,” she said.

26 July 2021
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COVID: Highest Daily New Cases In China

China reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Monday, the highest daily rise since January, including 40 domestic transmissions prompting authorities to test millions in eastern Jiangsu province. Beijing has a zero-risk approach to the virus, which emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in late 2019.

26 July 2021
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Coronavirus: Latest Developments Worldwide

Here are the latest updates in the coronavirus crisis:Un-Jabbed May Face New Curbs In GermanyPeople who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 could be barred from restaurants, cinemas and stadiums if infections continue to rise in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff says.Global Protests Against Virus MeasuresMore than 100,000 people take to the streets in Australia, France, Greece and Italy in protests against lockdowns, compulsory vaccination plans and efforts to prod

26 July 2021
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