Former PM Abe says Japan, US could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan

TOKYO: Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday. “A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for

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Hong Kong bans non-residents from three more countries over Omicron

HONG KONG: Hong Kong will ban non-residents from entering the city from Japan, Portugal and Sweden from Friday, adding to a fast-expanding list of countries facing travel restrictions due to concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant. Non-Hong Kong residents who have

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Britain alarmed by new COVID-19 variant spreading in South Africa

LONDON: Britain on Thursday said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective and imperil efforts to fight the pandemic. The UK Health Security Agency said the variant, which is

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British MP Stella Creasy warned against bringing baby to Parliament, sparks debate

A British MP won a promise of parliamentary reforms on Wednesday after she was rebuked by an official for bringing her sleeping baby to a debate. Stella Creasy, an opposition Labour lawmaker who has campaigned for MPs to be offered

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Australia declares La Nina for second straight year

SYDNEY: Australia’s weather bureau said on Tuesday a La Nina weather phenomenon had developed in the Pacific Ocean for the second year in a row that could bring above average rainfall across the country’s centre, north and east. La Nina is

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Musk says first orbital flight for Moon rocket in early 2022

ELON Musk said that the Starship developed by his company SpaceX and selected by NASA for the Americans’ return to the Moon would attempt its first orbital flight early next year. “We’ll do a bunch of tests in December and

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Canada floods kill one person, leave two missing; rail access cut to Vancouver port

MERRITT: The port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest, said on Tuesday that all rail access had been cut by floods and landslides further to the east that killed at least one person and left two others missing. Two days of torrential across

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Ed Sheeran wins best artist as MTV Europe Music Awards returns to live format

BUDAPEST: English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran won best artist and best song for “Bad Habits”, while K-pop stars BTS snatched four awards at MTV’s Europe Music Awards, which returned as an in-person event after a virtual 2020 edition due to the pandemic.

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Global COVID-19 cases near 250 million as Delta surge eases

WORLDWIDE cases due to COVID-19 were approaching 250 million on Sunday as the surge from the Delta variant eases and more normal trade and tourism resume, although some countries in eastern Europe are experiencing record outbreaks. Over the last three

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Erdogan skips Glasgow climate summit in security dispute

ANKARA: President Tayyip Erdogan cancelled plans to attend the global climate conference in Glasgow on Monday because Britain failed to meet Turkey’s demands on security arrangements, Turkish media quoted him as saying. Heads of state and government from around the

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