• Two more parts of China report COVID-19 outbreaks
    on July 31, 2021 at 2:22 am

    BEIJING: China’s worst COVID-19 outbreak in months has spread to two more parts of the country, health authorities said on Saturday (Jul 21), including a sprawling megacity of 31 million people. The National Health Commission reported 55 new cases in areas including Fujian province and Chongqing …

  • Olympics-Tokyo organisers report 21 new Games-related COVID-19 cases
    on July 31, 2021 at 2:06 am

    Tokyo Olympics organisers on Saturday reported 21 new Games-related COVID-19 cases.

  • IN FOCUS: Hospital beds, oxygen in short supply as Indonesia wages fierce battle against COVID-19
    on July 31, 2021 at 12:14 am

    With the pandemic worsening, CNA looks back at how the situation unfolded from one that seemed to be under control, to record cases after the Idul Fitri holiday.

  • First evacuation flight brings 221 Afghans to US
    on July 30, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    WASHINGTON: The first flight evacuating Afghans who worked alongside Americans in Afghanistan brought more than 200 people, including scores of children and babies in arms, to new lives in the United States on Friday (Jul 30), and President Joe Biden said he was proud to welcome them home. The …

  • China’s space propaganda blitz endures at slick new planetarium
    on July 30, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    SHANGHAI: China has opened the doors to what it bills as the world’s largest planetarium, a slick new Shanghai facility showcasing the nation’s recent extra-terrestrial exploits while notably downplaying those of space pioneers like the United States. Beijing has spent much of this year bombarding …

  • China nuclear reactor shut down for maintenance after damage
    on July 30, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    BEIJING: A reactor at a nuclear plant in southern China has been shut down because it is damaged, the operator said on Friday (Jul 30), but it insisted there were no major safety issues. Chinese authorities last month blamed minor fuel rod damage for a build-up of radioactive gases at the Taishan …

  • US Vice President Kamala Harris to make first official visit to Singapore, Vietnam
    on July 30, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    SINGAPORE: US Vice President Kamala Harris will make her first official visit to Singapore and Vietnam next month, the White House announced on Friday (Jul 30), adding that the trip is aimed at strengthening ties with “two critical Indo-Pacific partners”. Her visit to Singapore comes at the …

  • Sri Lanka ends work-from-home option despite COVID-19 surge
    on July 30, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka announced Friday (Jul 30) it was ending its work-from-home option for civil servants, ordering all 1.2 million back to the office from Monday despite a surge in coronavirus infections. The island’s top bureaucrat, PB Jayasundera, said there was no need for officials to work from …

  • Hong Kong police arrest man for booing China anthem during Olympics broadcast
    on July 30, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    HONG KONG: Hong Kong police said on Friday (Jul 30) they had arrested a 40-year-old man for booing China’s national anthem in a shopping mall broadcasting live the city’s first Olympic gold medal win in 25 years earlier this week. More than 100 people gathered briefly on Monday night in a mall to …

  • Indonesia believes it can achieve 5 million vaccinations per day: Coordinating minister
    on July 30, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    JAKARTA: Indonesia is hoping to ramp up its COVID-19 vaccination drive to administer up to 2.5 million jabs a day by September and eventually achieve a daily rollout of 5 million doses, its Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan said.  In an exclusive interview …