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WHO says omicron has been found in 23 2021-12-01 15:17:44The World Health Organization said 23 countries across the world have reported cases of the highly mutated omicron Covid-19 variant. 

UK spy chief: ‘The risk of Chinese miscalculation 2021-12-01 05:18:22Richard Moore, the chief of British secret intelligence service MI6, is concerned that China could make a "miscalculation" because it is overconfide

Asia-Pacific stocks bounce as investors assess omicron Covid 2021-12-01 03:23:31Major markets across Asia-Pacific bounced back on Wednesday, with South Korean stocks leading gains regionally.

These 11 countries could face extreme instability from 2021-11-30 20:11:46A report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence warns "climate change will increasingly exacerbate risks to U.S. national security

South Korea leads losses as Asia-Pacific stocks fall 2021-11-30 03:24:19Investors in Asia-Pacific continued to track any developments surrounding the omicron Covid variant.

Many people are flying private jet services for 2021-11-30 03:12:57The cost of private jet charters can vary wildly. Here's why, and what new converts paid for their first flights during the pandemic.

Philippine President Duterte will step down next year. 2021-11-29 22:29:34President Rodrigo Duterte's six-year term is coming to an end, and he has filed to run for a senate seat in the Philippine elections in May 2022.

South African doctor who first spotted the Covid 2021-11-29 12:02:38Omicron symptoms could be mild, according to the South African doctor who first spotted the variant, now dubbed "of concern" by the World Health Org

Watch live: Biden delivers remarks on new Covid 2021-11-29 11:27:54Biden ordered precautionary restrictions on travel from South Africa and other countries after fears of the omicron Covid variant spurred a stock sell

Google warns crypto miners are using compromised cloud 2021-11-29 04:51:39Google said 86% of 50 recently compromised Google Cloud accounts were used to perform cryptocurrency mining.

Asia-Pacific stocks mostly fall as investors watch omicron 2021-11-29 03:26:30Investors in Asia-Pacific continue to watch for developments surrounding the recently discovered omicron Covid variant.

Thailand start-up says it's boosting crop yields with 2021-11-28 21:10:57Ricult is helping small farmers in Thailand and Pakistan boost yields through artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Few parents charged when children use their guns 2021-12-04 14:54:39Experts say guns used in U.S. school shootings have often come from the homes of young perpetrators.

COVID-19 death toll 'so bitter because it is 2021-12-04 13:58:06Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has made what is likely her final appeal before leaving office for Germans to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Roe vs. Wade is 'settled' law? Justices' earlier 2021-12-04 13:44:19During his confirmation to the Supreme Court, Brett M. Kavanaugh assured Sen. Susan Collins a woman's right to an abortion was 'settled law.'

In democracy's birthplace, pope warns of populist threats 2021-12-04 13:43:33Pope Francis warned that the “easy answers” of populism and authoritarianism threaten democracy in Europe and called for dedication to the

Census Bureau works to improve confidence in 2020 2021-12-04 13:16:22The Census Bureau is working to increase the public's confidence in the numbers it gathered during the 2020 census.

Contact tracing revs up in some states as 2021-12-04 12:59:43The arrival of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus has health officials in some U.S. communities reviving contact tracing operations.

Biden, Putin set video call Tuesday as Ukraine 2021-12-04 12:44:42The Kremlin says President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold a video call Tuesday

Italian dentist may face charges after trying to 2021-12-04 05:55:24A dentist in Italy faces possible criminal charges after trying to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in a fake arm made of silicone.

Where's the snow? Rockies winter starts with a 2021-12-03 18:08:19Denver’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better.

Study suggests past COVID infection may not fend 2021-12-03 17:42:02South African scientists are warning that the new Omicron variant may be causing more reinfections among COVID-19 survivors than earlier virus mutants

Today's Headlines: The forecast is not good for 2021-12-03 08:00:53The already dwindling snowpack across California and the Western U.S. could shrink dramatically — or in some cases disappear — before the

Michigan school shooting suspect was sent to office 2021-12-03 06:46:31A Michigan schools chief says no discipline was necessary for a teen who was summoned to the office before he allegedly shot four students to death.

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US Not Panicking Over China’s Newfound Military Might 2021-12-04 14:25:27Top U.S. defense officials admit recent Chinese military advancements, including the test of a hypersonic weapon system, are reason to worry, only the

US Defense Secretary Talks Regional Stability with Japanese 2021-12-04 13:20:58The United States is reaching out to more allies in the Indo-Pacific, hoping to keep tensions in the region from boiling over amid growing concerns ab

Laos Opens Railway to China as Debt to 2021-12-04 11:42:57After a blessing by Buddhist monks, Lao Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh on Friday rode the first run of a $5.9 billion Chinese-built railway that li

South Korea Sets Daily Records for New Coronavirus 2021-12-04 11:16:52South Korea again broke its daily records for coronavirus infections and deaths and confirmed three more cases of the new omicron variant as officials

Age-Old Feud Between Allies Poses Challenge to Biden's 2021-12-04 11:15:02In its attempts to revitalize trilateral cooperation with Japan and South Korea, the Biden administration is facing a decadeslong dispute between the

Indonesia's Volcano Spews Ash, Gas, Killing 1, Dozens 2021-12-04 08:22:38The highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java spewed thick columns of ash, searing gas and lava down its slopes in a sudde

Absence of Dissident Artist’s Works Spurs Fears of 2021-12-04 04:06:15Art censorship in Hong Kong is “very much real,” an expert said after the city’s much-anticipated art gallery opened recently withou

Struggling Chinese Developer Evergrande Warns It Could Run 2021-12-03 16:43:35A Chinese developer that is struggling under $310 billion in debt warned Friday it may run out of money to "perform its financial obligations" &mdas

China Deepens Informal Alliance With Russia 2021-12-03 16:12:56China and Russia have strengthened their political, economic and military relations this year, despite their uneasy history in the past, as both count

WHO Urges Western Pacific Region to Prepare for 2021-12-03 09:54:07The World Health Organization’s (WHO) director for the Western Pacific said Friday the region must prepare for the new omicron variant of the co

China Gives Long-Awaited Approval to Boeing 737 MAX 2021-12-03 02:01:59Chinese authorities have approved the Boeing 737 MAX to resume service after making a series of safety adjustments, removing a major uncertainty surro

China Easing Rules for US Business Travelers, Approvals 2021-12-03 01:47:51China will cut to no more than 10 days the time required for approval of travel by U.S. business executives, its ambassador to the United States said

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Omicron variant: Hong Kong adds Singapore and Iceland 2021-12-04 00:34:13Hong Kong has added Singapore and Iceland to its list of high-risk countries after they recorded Omicron Covid-19 variant infections, forcing city res

South Korea reports record-high Covid-19 cases, deaths 2021-12-03 21:25:14SEOUL - South Korea reported a record daily 5,352 new Covid-19 infections and 70 deaths, while a nationwide total of nine cases of the Omicron variant

Indian doctors strike as Omicron sparks fears of 2021-12-03 19:45:51NEW DELHI - India expects the Omicron variant of coronavirus to cause less severe disease, the health ministry said on Friday (Dec 3), thank

Philippines court to allow Nobel laureate Ressa to 2021-12-03 03:56:28MANILA - Philippine journalist Maria Ressa will be allowed to travel so she can accept her Nobel Peace Prize in person after a court gave her permissi

South Korea makes vaccine pass mandatory for many 2021-12-03 02:28:12SEOUL - South Korea announced on Friday (Dec 3) that people visiting restaurants and cinemas and other public spaces will have to show vaccine pa

Tourism pause helps Philippines clean up island paradise 2021-12-02 23:07:18AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find ar

Post-pandemic work: 4 days a week, no meetings, 2021-12-02 22:48:45TOKYO — Four days a week, no meetings, you choose the hours and work where you want. The coronavirus pandemic has sped up a transition into mor

Laos gives Buddhist blessings to its new high-speed 2021-12-02 20:30:00VIENTIANE - Laos held a Buddhist ceremony on Thursday (Dec 1) to bless its new $6 billion (S$8.22 billion) high-speed rail line, a Chinese-led in

India reports first Omicron cases, no plan to 2021-12-02 20:21:13BENGALURU - India reported its first two cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant on Thursday (Dec 2) but the government said it had no immediate

New Delhi shuts schools, colleges again due to 2021-12-02 20:20:50NEW DELHI - India's capital New Delhi has ordered the closure of schools and colleges until further notice from Friday (Dec 3) after the Supreme

Cambodian leader Hun Sen says backs eldest son 2021-12-02 04:34:00PHNOM PENH - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, one of the world's longest-serving leaders after 36 years in power, on Thursday (Dec 2) offered suppor

Rains trigger floods and landslides in Vietnam, 18 2021-12-02 04:32:55HANOI - Heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in central Vietnam have left at least 18 people missing, some feared dead, with houses destro