Pandemic-hit Japanese firms introduce early retirement

Hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, the number of companies in Japan introducing early retirement plans has more than doubled this year.

Southeast Asian leaders greet Biden victory

Leaders of Southeast Asian countries have congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden on his winning the race for the White House.

WHO looks forward to work ‘very closely’ with Biden

The World Health Organization chief on Monday congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, saying the WHO looks forward to working with their administration “very closely.”

Death toll in blast-hit Beirut rises to 177

BEIRUT – The death toll from last week’s massive explosion at Beirut port has risen to 177, Lebanese Health Minister Hassan Hamad said Thursday.

Biden, Harris come out swinging in first public remarks

WASHINGTON – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his recently announced running mate Kamala Harris came out swinging in their first public remarks Wednesday, vowing a tough battle for the White House in the months ahead.

Russia to start Covid-19 vaccine production in 2 weeks

The initial batches of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine rolling off production lines as soon as two weeks from now will be earmarked for immunizing doctors before going to the general public, the country’s health minister said Wednesday.

Iraq eyes Russian vaccine as daily Covid-19 infections hit 3,396

An Iraqi health official said on Tuesday that Iraq wants to secure the Russian coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine after it is internationally approved, as the country’s health ministry reported 3,396 new cases during the past 24 hours.

Russia registers world’s 1st coronavirus vaccine

The first coronavirus vaccine in the world has been registered in Russia, the country’s President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday.

Covid-19 cases surpass 20 million globally

More than 20 million cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have been confirmed worldwide, according to data compiled late Monday by US-based Johns Hopkins University.

Iranian official dies from Covid-19 as death toll rises to 66

TEHRAN – A member of Iran’s Expediency Council died Monday from coronavirus disease 2019 (CoVid-19), according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 76, lost his life…

North Korea fires ‘first projectiles’ of 2020

ANKARA – North Korea has launched “projectiles” past its coast for the first time in 2020, media reports said Monday. According to a statement by South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of…

South Korea reports first death from coronavirus

ANKARA — South Korea on Thursday reported the nation’s first death from the coronavirus, local media reported. According to Yonhap news agency, health officials confirmed a patient, who was under treatment…

Japan has no plans to postpone 2020 Olympics over Covid-19

TOKYO — Japan is not considering cancellation or postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games over the outbreak of a new coronavirus, Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee chief Yoshiro…

WHO announces Ebola outbreak in DRC still int’l emergency

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced that the Ebola outbreak which started in August 2018 in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) still constitutes a Public…

Hong Kong donates P14.7-M worth of aid to ‘Ursula’ victims

HONG KONG — The government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has approved from the Disaster Relief Fund two grants totaling 2.29 million Hong Kong dollars (PHP14.7 million) for…

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in California helicopter crash

LOS ANGELES — Retired NBA star Kobe Bryant was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas of southern California on Sunday. “It is with great sadness that…

China cranks up protective equipment supplies to fight 2019-nCoV

BEIJING — China has been strengthening the provision of medical supplies to combat the viral pneumonia outbreak. Shortage of medical supplies including goggles and masks was reported in Wuhan, the hardest-hit…

Death toll from Turkey’s earthquake rises to 31

ANKARA — The death toll from Friday’s powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey rose to 31, the country’s disaster relief agency said. So far, 1,547 people have been reported injured as rescue…

Death toll from China’s coronavirus outbreak hits 25

ANKARA — At least 25 people have died from the outbreak of a new respiratory virus in China, its National Health Commission said early Friday. The commission has recorded 830 confirmed…

Air tanker dousing bushfire in Australia crashes; kills 3

ANKARA — At least three people were killed when a special air plane fighting bushfires in Australia crashed on Thursday, local media reported. A large air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires…