World News in Brief: August 3

World News in Brief: August 3

Heavy rain in Nepal triggered landslides on Monday (August 3) that killed eight labourers at a construction site and two members of a family, taking the toll in floods and landslides to 177 since late May. Elsewhere in South Asia, the annual rainy season brought more misery with at least 135 people killed in Bangladesh since late June in the longest-running floods there in more than two decades, while floods have killed nearly 120 people and displaced millions in the Indian states of Assam and Bihar. (19 hours ago)

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Earthquake measuring 6.4 strikes Mindanao, Philippines - EMSC

  Aug 02, 2020 09:53:29
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Mindanao, Philippines, at a depth of 473 kilometers (293.91 miles) on Saturday (August 1), the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. 

Myanmar postpones Panglong peace conference to 3rd week of August

  Aug 02, 2020 09:52:45
Myanmar has postponed the fourth meeting of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference to the third week of this month, a senior official told media on Saturday (August 1). 

World News in Brief: August 1

  Aug 01, 2020 15:26:22
Russia is preparing to start a mass vaccination campaign against the novel coronavirus in October, Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said on Saturday (August 1), RIA news agency reported. The minister, who did not give details about the vaccine to be used, said doctors and teachers would be the first to be vaccinated. 

Fauci "cautiously optimistic" about safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine in late fall, early winter

  Aug 01, 2020 09:02:18
US top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci said on Friday (July 31) he is "cautiously optimistic" that the United States would have a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine this late fall or early winter. 

EU in talks to secure Sanofi deal for coronavirus vaccine

  Aug 01, 2020 08:40:26
Sanofi SA and GlaxoSmithKline Plc on July 31 said they are in advanced discussions to supply up to 300 million doses of an experimental COVID-19 vaccine for the 27-country European Union. 

ROK's 1st military communications satellite reaches geostationary orbit

  Jul 31, 2020 15:01:02
Republic of Korea (ROK)'s first military communications satellite has reached a geostationary orbit on Friday (July 31), 10 days after its liftoff, the country's arms procurement agency said. 

World News in Brief: July 31

  Jul 31, 2020 15:00:53
A COVID-19 candidate vaccine developed in South Australia (SA) has cleared the first phase of testing, according to local media's report. The Australian reported on Friday (July 31) that the vaccine developed by Nikolai Petrovsky from Flinders University is the first Australian candidate to pass phase one trials after it was found to be safe and generated an immune response in human subjects. 

As pandemic rages on, world economic recovery looks ever more shaky - Poll

  Jul 31, 2020 10:44:26
The world economic outlook has dimmed again, with still-rising coronavirus infections and the risk of renewed lockdowns increasing the chances that any rebound will reverse course, according to Reuters polls of over 500 economists globally. 

WHO urges countries to prioritise essential international travel

  Jul 31, 2020 10:37:42
Countries should gradually lift international travel measures based on a thorough risk assessment and must prioritise essential travel for emergencies, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on July 30. 

Vietnam proposes post-pandemic recovery measures in ASEAN

  Jul 30, 2020 21:49:39
NDO/VNA – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Dung, Head of Vietnam’s SOM ASEAN, attended an online high-level dialogue on ASEAN’s recovery post-COVID-19 on July 30. 

World News in Brief: July 30

  Jul 30, 2020 15:10:21
Global COVID-19 cases have surpassed 17 million on Thursday (July 30), the most recent statistics of the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University showed. The global count reached 17,029,155 with a total of 667,011 deaths, according to the latest data. The United States suffered the most from the pandemic, with 4,423,917 cases and 150,713 fatalities, followed by Brazil with 2,552,265 cases and 90,134 deaths, the tally showed. 

China stresses stabilizing foreign trade and investment

  Jul 30, 2020 12:38:55
The State Council on Wednesday (July 29) stressed efforts to further open up and keep foreign trade and investment stable, as well as to facilitate employment and ensure people's livelihood amid epidemic control. 

France's crisis recovery may be better than expected - central bank head

  Jul 30, 2020 12:38:45
France's economic slump may not be quite as bad as forecast and activity in the euro zone's second biggest economy could return to pre-crisis levels in early 2022, the central bank governor has said. 

Vietnam calls on international community to help Syria cope with COVID-19

  Jul 30, 2020 11:04:04
NDO/VNA – Vietnam on July 29 called on the international community to support Syria to ensure food security and enhance COVID-19 response capacity.