Australia relaxes travel advice for COVID-19 ahead of border reopening

Patrons dine at a harborside bar in the wake of easing regulations for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following an extended lockdown to contain an outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, Oct. 22, 2021. REUTERS/ Jaimi Joy SYDNEY, Oct. 28 (Reuters) – Australia on Thursday eased COVID-related travel advice for several countries, including the United States, Britain and … Read more

Taiwan’s president confirms that US troops are training soldiers on the island – CNN

TAIPEI, Oct. 28 (Reuters) – A small number of U.S. forces are in Taiwan to train with Taiwanese soldiers, President Tsai Ing-wen said in an interview with CNN, confirming the presence of U.S. troops on the autonomous island, which China considers its own. Tensions between Taiwan and China, which have not ruled out taking the … Read more

Singapore investigates unusual rise after record number of COVID-19 cases

A man receives his vaccination at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination center in Singapore on March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su SINGAPORE, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Singapore’s health ministry said it is investigating an “unusual increase” in infections after the city-state reported 5,324 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, the most since the pandemic began. Singapore … Read more

Novavax applies for UK authorization for COVID-19 vaccine

A woman holds a vial labeled “Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine” and a medical syringe in front of the Novavax logo shown in this image, taken Oct. 30, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Novavax Inc (NVAX.O) said Wednesday it had completed the real-time submission of an application for the authorization of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate … Read more

India rejects net goal of zero CO2 emissions, says road is more important

India, the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, is under pressure to announce plans to become CO2 neutral by the middle of the century or so at next week’s climate conference in Glasgow. But Environment Minister RPGupta told reporters that the announcement of net zero was not the … Read more

The origins of the Tarim Basin mummies have long puzzled scientists. Now they have a new theory

Found in the Tarim Basin in Xinjiang mostly in the 1990s, the mummies’ bodies and clothes are strikingly intact despite being up to 4,000 years old. Naturally preserved by the dry desert air, their facial features and hair color can be clearly seen. Their western appearance; felted and woven woolen clothing; and the cheese, wheat, … Read more

Biden promises to stand with Southeast Asia in the defense of ocean freedom and democracy

Biden promises to defend the freedom of the oceans The United States is concerned about China’s “coercive and proactive actions” across the Taiwan Strait Chinese Prime Minister Li says maintaining peace in the South China Sea is in everyone’s interest BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, October 27 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that the … Read more

Woman in Thailand’s high-rise cliffs cutting ropes holding painters

Thai police say a resident of a high-rise building near Bangkok cut the rope for two painters, apparently angry that she was not told they wanted to work, and let them hang over the 26th floor until a couple rescued them. By CHALIDA EKVITTHAYAVECHNUKUL Associated Press October 27, 2021 at 13.11 • 2 min read … Read more

Thailand is preparing for tourism restart with reopening test

BANGKOK, Oct. 27 (Reuters) – Thailand held a dry run on Wednesday for the much-anticipated quarantine-free reopening for vaccinated travelers as the country rushes to restart an industry battered by an 18-month hiatus in international tourism. At Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand’s main gateway, airport staff and health and immigration officials simulated the arrival of … Read more

US, China and Russia join Asia summit amid regional disputes

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — President Joe Biden and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang attended an annual summit of 18 Asia-Pacific countries via video on Wednesday, as some regional leaders expressed concern over the intensification of competition between the great powers on trade, Taiwan, democracy and Beijing’s increasingly assertive actions in disputed areas. Russian President … Read more