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China’s ‘underground’ Catholics wary of Vatican deal
Catholics not aligned to the official church in China say persecution has worsened since the landmark deal in 2018.
Thai PM revokes emergency measures after week of protests
Parliament in recess recalled to resolve crisis.
Ireland locks down for second wave, Germany smashes record daily high
Europe is now battling a second wave of Covid-19 infections, with many countries going back into lockdown.
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Egypt to elect ‘rubber-stamp’ parliament
Most populous Arab country will elect 568 out of 596 seats in the lower house of Parliament.
US to sell US$1.8 billion in arms to Taiwan
The equipment includes air-to-ground cruise missiles, mobile rocket launchers and reconnaissance pods.
Obama warns against complacency
Ex-president holds 1st public rally in support of Democratic challenger Joe Biden.
111 die in Vietnamese floods
More rain forecast over the weekend as storm Saudel blows in from the South China Sea.
UK gives £47.5 million to Rohingya refugees
Virtual aid conference convening today, co-hosted by UNHCR, Britain, US, EU.
Democrats in Florida warned to vote Trump or else...
Far-right Proud Boys group alleged sender of threatening messages as race tightens.
Purdue Pharma pleads guilty to opioid criminal charges
OxyContin maker also agrees to US$8.3 billion in fines, damages, forfeiture.
Vaccine trials can’t detect virus risk reduction
Expert warns that most optimistic scenario is reducing risk of Covid-19 infection by only 30%.
Israel to charge cop who killed autistic Palestinian
The justice ministry says the officer failed to adhere to standard police rules in firing a weapon.
Pandemic to cut thousands of banking jobs in Frankfurt, study shows
Digitalisation, low interest rates also causes of inevitable job cuts.
Pentagon chief stresses stronger alliances to counter China, Russia
Defence Secretary Mark Esper says the US has more allies on its side than China and Russia combined.
China warns Swedish firms of retaliation after Huawei ban
Sweden has ordered local telecommunications companies to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment by 2025 due to security concerns.
Thailand welcomes first tourists since March
They are greeted by airport staff in full protective gear and must undergo 14-day quarantine.
Armenia, Azerbaijan ministers in Moscow for truce talks
They are also due to meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday.
Ericsson posts better-than-expected results
Swedish telecoms giant records 5.6 billion kronor net profit in Q3 2020.