Japan to begin issuing

Japan to begin issuing "vaccine passports" in July

Japan plans to allow municipalities to begin issuing "vaccine passports" from mid-July, with its top government spokesperson on Thursday referencing the documents' "prompt issuance." (32 minutes ago)


Vietnam going to get through COVID-19 resurgence: The Diplomat

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NDO/VNA – The US-based The Diplomat on June 15 ran an article describing the “unusually hard spot” Vietnam is in right now, with a surge in new COVID-19 cases and the low rate of vaccinations, and analyzing how the country is going to get through this. 

World News in Brief: June 16

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Japan's parliamentary session closed Wednesday after a no-confidence motion in Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide's Cabinet filed by the opposition camp was voted down in the lower house on the previous day. 

Laos begins 2nd round of COVID-19 vaccination

  Jun 16, 2021 12:48:52
Lao health authorities are rolling out the second round of vaccination program, aiming to immunize hundreds of thousands of people against COVID-19. 

EU-US summit seeks to end trade disputes

  Jun 16, 2021 06:16:48
The European Union (EU) and the United States held their first summit in seven years on Tuesday as US President Joe Biden was on his first overseas trip since taking office to revamp the transatlantic ties. 

Israel-Gaza violence erupts for first time since end of last month's fighting

  Jun 16, 2021 06:16:39
Israel mounted air strikes in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday, the first since the end of 11 days of cross-border fighting last month, in response to incendiary balloons launched from the Palestinian territory. 

Japan to start vaccinating people aged under 64 at state centers

  Jun 15, 2021 22:01:45
Japan is slated to start inoculating people aged between 18 and 64 at state-run mass COVID-19 vaccination centers on Thursday, the government said Tuesday. 

Indonesia's exports, imports jump in May

  Jun 15, 2021 19:58:59
Indonesia recorded the export value of US$16.6 billion and the import value of US$14.23 billion in May 2021, a jump by 58.76 percent and 68.68 percent respectively compared with those in the same month of last year. 

World News in Brief: June 15

  Jun 15, 2021 16:45:21
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said that 3 million people in the Southeast Asian nation have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine so far. 

Vietnam attends 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting

  Jun 15, 2021 16:36:48
NDO/VNA – A Vietnamese delegation led by Minister of National Defence Sen. Lieut. Gen. Phan Van Giang attended the 15th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) which was held via videoconference on June 15. 

Russia-US Summit: A worthwhile opportunity

  Jun 15, 2021 15:55:59
NDO – The first-ever in-person meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is to take place in Geneva, Switzerland on June 16, attracting special attention from world public opinion and offering an opportunity for a stable Russia-US relationship after a period of “rock bottom” for many years. 

Britain and Australia announce free trade deal, Johnson hail 'new dawn'

  Jun 15, 2021 15:51:38
Britain and Australia announced a trade deal on Tuesday that will eliminate tariffs and red tape, hailed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as "a new dawn" in the two countries' relations. 

EU officials sign Digital COVID Certificate

  Jun 15, 2021 06:46:06
The European Union (EU) digital COVID certificate (EUDCC) was officially signed on Monday in Brussels, Belgium, after the three EU institutions worked hand in hand for the health pass to be ready on time for the summer holidays. 

Philippines extends travel ban on India, six other countries until June 30

  Jun 15, 2021 06:45:37
The Philippines has extended the travel ban for all inbound travelers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) until June 30, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said Monday evening. 

NATO summit opens with focus on solidarity after Trump era

  Jun 14, 2021 22:07:24
Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), including US President Joe Biden, met at a summit in Brussels on Monday in a bid to rebuild solidarity among member states.