World News in Brief: April 20

World News in Brief: April 20

The COVID-19-related economic slowdown failed to put a brake on climate change drivers and accelerating impacts, said a UN report released on Monday. (6 hours ago)

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India's COVID-19 tally surpasses 15 million

  Apr 19, 2021 14:09:52
India's COVID-19 tally surpassed the 15-million mark, reaching 15,061,919, on Monday, revealed the latest data by the federal health ministry. 

Families reunite as Australia-New Zealand 'travel bubble' begins

  Apr 19, 2021 14:09:45
Hundreds of passengers from Australia began arriving in New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, a pandemic milestone that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in over a year. 

World News in Brief: April 18

  Apr 18, 2021 17:19:12
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has agreed to Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's request to supply additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine minister of Japan said on Sunday. 

Asian economy to grow 6.5 pct in 2021: report

  Apr 18, 2021 16:19:00
The growth rate of the Asian economy in 2021 is expected to reach at least 6.5 percent, according to a report released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Sunday. 

Vaccinated Australians to have greater int'l travel freedom: minister

  Apr 18, 2021 13:16:01
The Australian government has flagged greater freedoms for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. 

World News in Brief: April 17

  Apr 17, 2021 18:40:24
Global COVID-19 deaths surpassed 3 million on Saturday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. 

Fifth phase of local elections underway in India's West Bengal

  Apr 17, 2021 16:22:37
The fifth phase of local elections in India's eastern state of West Bengal is underway on Saturday. 

EU intends to approve member states' recovery plans by summer: official

  Apr 17, 2021 16:22:09
The European Commission intended to approve the European Union's (EU) member states' recovery and resilience plans by summer and then begin to disburse funds from the Recovery and Resilience Facility accordingly, the commission's executive vice-president responsible for economy Valdis Dombrovskis said on Friday. 

World News in Brief: April 16

  Apr 16, 2021 20:33:11
The number of new cases per week has nearly doubled globally over the past two months, approaching the highest rate seen so far during the pandemic, the head of the World Health Organisation said. 

India logs fresh high of over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases for 2nd consecutive day

  Apr 16, 2021 12:01:31
India reported yet another fresh high of 217,353 new COVID-19 cases, as the daily spike surpassed 200,000 for the second consecutive day, taking the total tally to 14,291,917, according to the data released by the federal health ministry Friday. 

ROK president to visit Washington for summit with Biden in May

  Apr 16, 2021 11:34:34
The Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. in the latter half of May for summit talks with US President Joe Biden at the invitation of Biden, the ROK presidential Blue House said Friday. 

“At a crossroads”

  Apr 16, 2021 10:10:43
NDO – Following his recent visit to Russia, European Union (EU) High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell said that relations between the two sides are “at a crossroads”. 

World News in Brief: April 15

  Apr 15, 2021 20:39:18
A senior Japanese ruling party official said on Thursday that cancelling the Olympics in Tokyo remains an option if the coronavirus crisis becomes too dire, as Japan tackles its fourth wave of infections less than 100 days ahead of the planned start of the Games. 

Strategic goals

  Apr 15, 2021 15:14:30
NDO – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov recently paid a visit to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as “hot” international issues. With efforts to promote the effectiveness of its mediating role for a series of crises, Russia continues to maintain its position and enhance its influence in this geopolitically strategic region.