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

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

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

France’s Macron asks China’s Xi Jinping for signal ahead of COP26

French President Emmanuel Macron speaks at a press conference at the end of the second day of an EU leadership meeting in Brussels, Belgium on 22 October 2021. Aris Oikonomou / Pool via REUTERS PARIS, October 26 (Reuters) – During a phone call on Tuesday, French President Emmanuel Macron asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to … Read more

Singapore adds Australia, Switzerland to quarantine-free travel program

SINGAPORE, October 26 (Reuters) – Singapore will allow quarantine-free access to travelers vaccinated against COVID-19 from Australia and Switzerland from November 8, the city’s aviation authority said on Tuesday. Singapore is slowly reopening its borders and has extended quarantine-free travel to nearly a dozen countries, including Germany, Canada, France, the UK and the US under … Read more

Revision of Covaxin shot in India underway, WHO says

India’s health minister, Harsh Vardhan, holds a dose of Bharat Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine, called COVAXIN, during a vaccination campaign at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, Jan. 16 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidic GENVE, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – A World Health Organization technical advisory group reviewed data on India’s Covaxin … Read more

Chinese developer Modern Land defaults on bonds; real estate shares fall

Men work at the construction site of a high-rise building in Beijing, China, Oct. 18, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Modern Land Cites Liquidity Problems Over Non-payment NDRC meets real estate companies on Tuesday Hang Seng mainland real estate index down more than 5% HONG KONG/SHANGHAI, Oct 26 (Reuters) – Modern Land (1107.HK) has missed a bond … Read more

Vaccinated but fixed: Indians await WHO nod to homegrown shot to travel abroad

Sugathan PR, who received two doses of Bharat Biotech’s domestically developed Covaxin vaccine against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), gathers vegetables in his vegetable garden in Pandalam village, Kerala, India Oct. 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Devasia PANDALAM, India, Oct. 26 (Reuters) – Stuck in a village in southern India for nine months and unable to return to … Read more