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Resilience in a riskier world

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana Over the past two decades, the Asia-Pacific region has made remarkable progress in managing disaster risk. But countries can never let down their guard. The COVID-19 pandemic, with its epicentre now in Asia,…

3rd COVID-19 wave takes toll on Asia-Pacific

Amid ramped up vaccinations across the world to fight the coronavirus pandemic, a third wave of the virus has already taken a toll on the Asia-Pacific region. Countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and the…

Global death toll from COVID-19 passes 400,000

LONDON The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 has surpassed 400,000, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University that health experts say is still an undercount because many who died were not tested for the virus. The milestone was…

Veterans Affairs chief plugs unproven drug

WASHINGTON Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie is taking advocacy of an unproven drug for the coronavirus even farther than President Donald Trump, claiming without evidence that it’s safe and that it has been effective for young and…

South Korea reports 8 more cases over 24 hours

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea has reported eight more cases of the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the first time for a daily jump in the country to drop to a single digit in about two months. The Korea Centers for Disease Control…

Singapore has first 2 deaths from coronavirus

coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 275,000 people and killed more than 11,300. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing…

Scores detained at women’s rally in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek,Kyrgyzstan Police in the capital of Kyrgyzstan have detained about 60 people after an unauthorized rally to mark International Women’s Day was broken up by a group of men. The disorder took place Sunday at a main square in…

Virus-stricken U.S. cruise ship heading for port

ROME The captain of a cruise ship that was hit by the new coronavirus has told passengers it is headed to the port of Oakland in the U.S. state of California. Grand Princess Capt. John Smith, in a recording provided by passenger Laurie…

Cruise ship quarantined in Hong Kong for tests

BEIJING The Latest on a virus outbreak that began in China. A Hong Kong official says more than 1,800 people on board a cruise ship that was turned away from a Taiwanese port will be quarantined until they are checked for a new virus.…

Belgium confirms its 1st case of virus

BEIJING The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China. Belgium has reported its first case of a new virus in a person who was repatriated from the Chinese epicenter of the outbreak. The health ministry said Tuesday the person was…

New virus has infected more than 20,600 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 20,600 people globally. The latest figures as of Tuesday in Beijing: China: 425 deaths and 20,438 confirmed cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has had 15 cases,…

UAE suspends flights to China outside Beijing

BEIJING The Latest on the outbreak of a new virus from China. The United Arab Emirates, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad Airways, is suspending flights to mainland China outside of Beijing. The country’s state-run WAM news…

New virus has infected more than 17,300 globally

A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 17,300 people globally. Cases confirmed as of Monday morning in Beijing: China: 17,205 cases on the mainland. In addition, Hong Kong has 14 cases and Macao has seven. Most of the…

Taiwan vote signals growing divide with China

TAIPEI, Taiwan The landslide reelection of Taiwan’s leader underscores the population’s embrace of an identity distinct from China — a shift that the communist leaders of China refuse to accept. It’s a contradiction that will keep the…

Taiwan’s election and its standoff with China

TAIPEI, Taiwan Taiwanese are casting their votes Saturday for the president and legislature of a self-governing island that acts like a sovereign nation yet is not recognized by the U.N. or any major country. China regards Taiwan, which…

Sierra skeleton ID’d as ‘ghost of Manzanar’

LOS ANGELES: A skeleton found by hikers this fall near California’s second-highest peak was identified Friday as a Japanese American artist who had left the Manzanar internment camp to paint in the mountains in the waning days of World War…