Beijing easing travel rules for US business execs - China's envoy to US

Beijing easing travel rules for US business execs - China's envoy to US

China will reduce the time needed for approval of travel by US business executives to no more than 10 days, China's ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang, said on Thursday. (Dec 03, 2021 09:09:37)

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ASEAN, Russia hold first joint naval drill

  Dec 02, 2021 11:38:01
NDO/VNA - Russia and some Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) member countries on December 1 launched their first ever joint naval exercise along the Strait of Malacca, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes, according to the Indonesian navy. 

Indonesia assumes G20 presidency

  Dec 02, 2021 11:31:52
NDO/VNA – Indonesia officially assumed the presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) developed and emerging economies at a ceremony on December 1. 

Omicron rapidly dominating in South Africa; US reports first case

  Dec 02, 2021 10:01:53
Heavily mutated Omicron is rapidly becoming the dominant variant of the coronavirus in South Africa less than four weeks after it was first detected there, and the United States on Wednesday became the latest country to identify an Omicron case within its borders. 

RoK hits new COVID-19 record, halts quarantine exemptions to block Omicron

  Dec 02, 2021 09:42:33
The Republic of Korea (RoK)'s daily coronavirus case numbers rose to a new high on Thursday, as authorities halted quarantine exemptions for fully vaccinated inbound travellers for two weeks in a bid to fend off the Omicron variant. 

Thai agriculture can take advantage of new Laos-China railway

  Dec 01, 2021 20:10:12
NDO/VNA - Thailand’s Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has said that the new Laos-China railway, which will start running from December 2, should serve as a good delivery channel for the agriculture industry. 

Laos’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise within community

  Dec 01, 2021 20:05:47
NDO/VNA – Laos detected 1,425 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, with only one imported case, the Lao Health Ministry said on December 1. 

World News in Brief: December 1

  Dec 01, 2021 17:12:23
The World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Wednesday to launch negotiations on an international treaty to prevent and control future pandemics. 

Vietnam urges conducive environment for Middle East peace process

  Dec 01, 2021 16:21:34
NDO/VNA – The United Nations Security Council held a briefing on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, on November 30. 

Global airlines prepare for Omicron volatility, agility will be key

  Dec 01, 2021 15:43:28
Global airlines are bracing for more volatility due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that could force them to juggle schedules and destinations at short notice and to rely more on domestic markets where possible, analysts say. 

Positive start in Iran nuclear deal negotiations

  Dec 01, 2021 08:39:55
NDO – The seventh round of talks between major powers and Iran on Tehran's nuclear programme has got off to a positive start. However, there are still many “thorny” issues that need to be resolved in relation to the lifting of US sanctions against Iran as well as Iran’s full compliance with its commitments in the 2015 agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

Officials offer vaccine reassurance; WHO advises against travel bans

  Dec 01, 2021 08:16:46
The World Health Organization warned countries on Tuesday not to impose blanket travel bans over the new Omicron coronavirus variant as governments and scientists try to determine how much protection current vaccines would offer against the strain. 

World News in Brief: November 30

  Nov 30, 2021 22:12:40
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) voiced concern on Tuesday that some countries were introducing blanket measures against the Omicron coronavirus variant that may not be necessary and penalised African nations unfairly. 

Thailand mulls over reopening border checkpoints with Cambodia

  Nov 30, 2021 22:01:00
NDO/VNA - Four border crossing checkpoints between Thailand and Cambodia could be reopened by December 16 if approved by Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) and the Cambodian Government. 

Laos plans to vaccinate children aged 6-11 by early 2022

  Nov 30, 2021 20:24:15
NDO/VNA - The Lao Government will start inoculating children aged 6 to 11 nationwide from January next year, according to the Lao Ministry of Health.