World News in Brief: November 6

World News in Brief: November 6

Some children in the Philippines' capital Manila returned to school on Monday after a near two-year suspension as the country, which has imposed some of the world's toughest coronavirus curbs, tries to get life back to normal. (11 hours ago)

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67 WTO members reach a landmark deal

  21 hours ago
NDO - A group of 67 members of the World Trade Organization (WTO), including the US, China, and European Union (EU), has just reached the successful conclusion of the negotiations of the WTO Joint Statement Initiative on Services Domestic Regulation. Praising the landmark significance of this deal, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala emphasised that annual savings could amount to 150 billion USD globally. 

Fauci says he hopes US travel ban from southern Africa can be lifted in 'reasonable period'

  Dec 05, 2021 21:56:56
Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, said on Sunday he hopes the ban on travelers from southern African countries can be lifted in a "reasonable period of time" as more information is gathered on the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. 

World News in Brief: December 5

  Dec 05, 2021 18:01:59
Higher hospital admissions among children during a fourth wave of COVID-19 infections in South Africa that has been driven by the Omicron coronavirus variant should not prompt panic as infections have been mild, a health official said on Saturday. 

US and Mexico jointly solve difficult migration problem

  Dec 05, 2021 09:29:57
NDO - The US and Mexico have just announced a programme to facilitate socio-economic development for Central American countries. This is an urgent step contributing to solving the root cause of the difficult migration problem, which has plagued "promised lands" such as the US and Canada for many years. 

Indonesia evacuates 10 trapped miners after Semeru volcano erupts

  Dec 05, 2021 09:07:57
Ten people trapped after Indonesia's Semeru volcano erupted have been evacuated to safety, the country's disaster mitigation agency (BNPB) said on Sunday, as the death toll from the disaster climbed to at least two and with dozens injured. 

ASEAN, UNICEF hold workshop on financing responses to disasters, shocks

  Dec 04, 2021 21:22:41
NDO/VNA – A workshop themed “Financing Responses to Disasters and Shocks: Experiences, Opportunities and Challenges in Disaster Risk Financing and Disaster Responsive Social Protection in Southeast Asia” has been jointly held by the ASEAN Secretariat and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) East Asia and Pacific via videoconference. 

World News in Brief: December 4

  Dec 04, 2021 19:47:09
The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus - possibly one that causes the common cold - present in the same infected cells, according to researchers. 

Leaders of Laos, China pledge to bolster ties

  Dec 04, 2021 16:08:23
NDO/VNA – Leaders of Laos and China pledged to further boost bilateral ties at their online meeting on December 3, according to the Lao Foreign Ministry. 

IMF chief says Omicron could dent global economic growth

  Dec 04, 2021 11:39:29
The International Monetary Fund is likely to lower its global economic growth estimates due to the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the global lender's chief said at the Reuters Next conference on Friday in another sign of the turmoil unleashed by the ever-changing pandemic. 

US, Russia make progress toward resolving diplomats spat -State Dept

  Dec 04, 2021 07:59:36
The United States and Russia have made progress toward resolving a stand-off over staffing at their respective embassies, resulting in Washington ending a policy that allowed family members of embassy staff in Moscow to leave Russia, a State Department spokesperson said on Friday. 

Bangkok Airways resumes flights to Cambodia

  Dec 03, 2021 22:37:48
NDO/VNA - Bangkok Airways has resumed flights between the Thai and Cambodian capital cities. 

Malaysia achieves good performance in SDGs in 2020

  Dec 03, 2021 22:35:14
NDO/VNA - Malaysia showed good performance in the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2020 despite adverse impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the third series of the SDG Indicators Report released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia. 

Laos-China high-speed railway put into services

  Dec 03, 2021 22:33:44
NDO/VNA – The railway linking Laos and China, also the first high-speed railway in Laos, was put into operation at a ceremony held on December 3. 

Singapore’s retail sales up 7.5 percent in October

  Dec 03, 2021 22:24:10
NDO/VNA – Singapore’s retail sales in October rose by 7.5 percent annually after registering a 6.8 percent increase in September, reported the Department of Statistics Singapore (DOS) on December 3.