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The lesser-known coronavirus success stories

A few countries have become the poster children of effective coronavirus management. We’ve praised them as they set a standard and an example for the world to follow — but they’re not the only ones who did a good job. Some success stories…

Brent oil price dives below $20 per barrel

Brent crude oil dived below the threshold of $20 per barrel on Tuesday as the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to ramp up oil oversupply amid low global consumption. The international benchmark fell to as low as $18.02 per barrel,…

Japan PM asks citizens to be more diligent

TOKYO Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed concerns Tuesday that Japanese people haven’t followed social distancing measures as much as they’re supposed to under a state of emergency he declared two weeks ago to fight the spread of the…

South Korea to start relaxing some limits

SEOUL, South Korea South Korea’s prime minister says the country will maintain much of its social distancing guidelines until May 5 but will relax some limits. The comments by Chung Sye-kyun came hours after South Korea’s health…

Iran: Coronavirus death toll jumps to 4,585

With 111 more deaths reported in Iran, the death toll out of coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic has increased to 4,585, a country’s health official said on Monday. Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told the TV channels that 1,617…

The one who is guilty has the higher voice

Upper Mustang,Nepal The former kingdom of Lo is linked by religion, culture and history to Tibet, but is politically part of Nepal. Now while Tibetan culture is in danger of disappearing, the Mustang culture of Lo stands alone as one of…

Magnitude-5.8 quake jolts Indonesia

JAKARTA A magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Maluku province early Sunday, according to the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysical Agency. The epicenter was located 117 kilometers (72 miles) off East Seram Regency at…

Myanmar arrests 48 Rohingya fleeing camps

PETHEIN Nearly 50 Rohingya Muslims have been detained at sea by Myanmar's navy, a local official said Friday, the latest from the persecuted minority to be caught trying to flee camps in Bangladesh and Myanmar's restive Rakhine state. It…

President Xi in Myanmar to push for BRI plan

YANGON, Myanmar Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is expected to be a primary issue of discussion in Myanmar on Friday during a landmark official state visit by the Chinese president to the country. More than 100 police officers…

Best countries 2020: Switzerland Remains No.1

Switzerland remains the best country in the world, though Canada has moved up to the second spot in the U.S. News 2020 Best Countries rankings. For Switzerland, it's the the fourth consecutive year the island of neutrality in Central…

Cellphones Banned for Anyone Under Age 21

A senator from Vermont recently proposed a total ban on cellphone use for anyone under 21-years-old. Democratic Sen. John Rodgers says that he is sponsoring the bill because “cellphones are just as dangerous as guns.” While Rodgers says…

Asian stocks rise ahead of US-China trade pact

BEIJING Asian stock markets rose Monday ahead of the signing of a U.S.-Chinese trade pact as investors shrugged off weaker-than-expected American jobs data. Benchmarks in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea advanced. Japanese markets were…

What is at stake in Taiwan’s election

TAIPEI Taiwan votes in presidential and parliamentary elections on Saturday, which will set the course for the democratic island’s ties with its giant and autocratic neighbor China, which claims Taiwan as its territory. Here is what is at…

Weather raises Australia’s fire danger

SYDNEY: Navy ships plucked hundreds of people from beaches and tens of thousands were urged to flee Friday before hot weather and strong winds in the forecast worsen Australia’s already-devastating wildfires. More than 200 fires were…

Diet plays big role in how huge whales can get

NEW YORK: Whales are big, but why aren’t they bigger? A new study says it’s basically about how many calories they can take in. That’s the conclusion of researchers who used small boats to chase down 300 whales of various species around…

Troops that defied Maduro have fled Venezuela

MIAMI: For seven nerve-wracking months, they slept through the day in cramped quarters on cold floors, while spending their nights in prayer, keeping fit with dumbbells made from water jugs and peering through the diplomatic compound’s…