- Laos draws on blueprint to ease poverty
China's experience in poverty alleviation provides useful guidance for Laos as the southern neighbor strives to lift more of its people out of penury against the backdrop of the economic strains brought by the pandemic.
- Ping-pong diplomat eyes net gains
Hoarfrost was the youngest player in a nine-member US table tennis team that arrived in Beijing on April 10, 1971, for a tour that helped break the ice between the United States and China.
- Chinese envoy calls for efforts to stabilize Great Lakes region
A Chinese envoy on Monday called for efforts to stabilize the Great Lakes Region by building on the current momentum.
- G7 called on to help close inoculation gap
A former prime minister of the United Kingdom has called on leaders of the G7 nations to champion a $30-billion global push to ensure a fairer global distribution of novel coronavirus vaccines.
- Biden meets with executives to address semiconductor shortage
US President Joe Biden and other White House officials on Monday met with executives from 19 major companies to discuss the global semiconductor shortage that has severely affected US automakers.
- Japan's nuclear wastewater dump prompts sharp criticism
In a move that has provoked domestic and international criticism, Japan decided to release more than 1 million tons of contaminated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, threatening lasting, profound consequences for communities and the environment.
- Japan steps up pace of jabs as fourth wave hits
Japan stepped up its vaccination and restriction efforts on Monday to blunt a fourth wave of the contagion as it grapples with more infectious variants and a slow rollout of vaccines just 100 days ahead of the start of the Olympics.
- Africa struggles with 2% of world's vaccine doses
COVID-19 vaccines remain out of reach for most Africans, with the continent accounting for less than 2 percent of the doses given out worldwide, data from the World Health Organization shows.
- Fighting anti-Asian bigotry in US
George Takei, best known for his acting role in the 1960s TV series Star Trek, recited his experience as a child in a Japanese internment camp in the US and encouraged Asian Americans to actively participate in the democratic process to combat racism.
- NI calm urged on anniversary of peace accord
The people of Northern Ireland must not let their communities slip back to the dysfunctional and violent recent past; when they were plagued by sectarian violence involving pro-British Protestants and anti-British Catholics, according to lawmakers and community leaders.
- Prince Philip's funeral to be held on April 17: Buckingham Palace
The funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh will be held at Windsor on April 17, with no public access nor public procession beforehand, a Buckingham Palace spokesman said Saturday.
- Cambodia finds friend in battle
Cambodians are drawing on support from China to make strides in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, with donated vaccines serving as the cornerstone of the country's strategy.
- Portugal restricts use of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to over-60s
Portugal's Director-General of Health Graca Freitas announced Thursday that the country will use the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 only to people over 60 years of age "until further information is available."
- G20 group extends debt relief program
Some developing countries still struggling to combat the COVID-19 pandemic have been granted more time to stave off the economic effects after the G20 group of the world's largest economies extended its offer of temporary debt relief, introduced last year.
- Egypt hails 'fruitful' cooperation with China in fighting COVID-19
Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed on Thursday lauded the cooperation between Egypt and China on combating the COVID-19 pandemic as "fruitful and unprecedented."
- Chinese company is constructing 45km airport road in Liberia
Construction work has begun work on a 45km, four-lane road that links Monrovia to Roberts International Airport in Liberia.
- Biden tackles 'ghost guns' and US firearms violence
US President Joe Biden will unveil measures on Thursday aimed at curbing rampant US gun violence, especially seeking to prevent the spread of untraceable "ghost guns," White House officials said.
- EU leaders make rare Turkey visit to mend ties
European Union leaders on Tuesday said the bloc is ready to support a positive agenda with Turkey, especially in the areas of economic cooperation and migration.
- G20 calls on IMF to prepare for new SDR allocation, agrees to extend debt relief through 2021
Finance officials from the Group of 20 (G20) major economies on Wednesday called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to prepare for a new allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) while agreeing to extend debt relief for the world's poorest countries through the end of 2021.
- Iran boosts uranium enrichment capacity to 16,500 SWUs: atomic chief
Iran has increased its uranium enrichment capacity to 16,500 separative work units (SWUs), Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), announced on Wednesday, official Islamic Republic News agency reported.
- No nationwide lockdown despite surging COVID-19 cases in Brazil, says president
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday stood firm in his opposition against a nationwide lockdown despite a surge in infections and deaths caused by COVID-19.
- Sino-US partnership crucial to shared future
President Xi Jinping's call to "build a community with a shared future for mankind" will have an even better chance of being realized, should the United States be ready to move beyond challenges and seize new opportunities.
- Iran nuclear deal talks resume in Vienna, sanctions lifting on agenda
The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the Iran nuclear deal, resumed talks here on Tuesday, with lifting sanctions on Iran and nuclear implementation measures on top of the agenda.
- Prospects for recovery strengthening in sub-Saharan Africa
Prospects for recovery in sub-Saharan Africa are strengthening amid actions taken to contain new waves of the pandemic and acceleration of vaccine rollouts, according to the World Bank's biannual economic analysis for the region released on Wednesday.
- WHO chief calls for continued health investment
The World Health Organization, or WHO, has urged countries not to cut public spending on healthcare and other social sectors, as the world moves into a post-COVID-19 phase, with the poorest and most marginalized being hit hardest.
- All US adults to be eligible for vaccine by April 19
President Joe Biden announced Tuesday that he is moving up his deadline for all US adults to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to April 19, two weeks earlier than the May 1 deadline he previously announced.
- Serbian president receives injection of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Tuesday received an injection of China's Sinopharm vaccine against COVID-19 in the country's eastern municipality of Majdanpek.
- Embed black history across British curriculum, says teaching union head
The president of one of the United Kingdom's leading teaching unions says black history should be incorporated into all aspects of the curriculum.
- California governor plans to fully reopen state by June 15
California will fully reopen by June 15 if the current rate of vaccinations continues, lifting all COVID-related restrictions on businesses and gatherings, Governor Gavin Newsom said Tuesday.
- Mutual respect key to China-US talks, FM says
China-United States dialogue should be based on mutual respect and equality, and no country should enjoy superiority in the world, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.