Motoko Rich (New York Times) TOKYO Japan will spend nearly $120 billion to stimulate its slowing economy and to help some of the areas worst affected by Typhoon Hagibis, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced last week. The new spending plan is aimed at addressing a slew of economic challenges facing Japan’s longtime...
By P. Kandiah and Geetha Kandiah Moderna Inc., Sanofi, AstraZeneca plc, Roche, Gilead Sciences and Novartis are just some of the many pharmaceutical companies working to fast-track the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Many companies and research institutions from various countries are racing to develop the vaccine for COVID-19. Who...
Hannah Beech and  Ryn Jirenuwat (New York Times) KOH KHANUN, Thailand Crouched on the ground in a dimly lit factory, women picked through the discarded innards of the modern world: Batteries, circuit boards and bundles of wires. They broke down the scrap — known as hazardous electronic-waste, or e-waste — with hammers...
STOCKHOLM, June 3 (Reuters) - Volvo Cars, owned by China's Geely Holding, said on Wednesday it sold 40% more cars in May than in April, as restrictions to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic started to ease in several markets. While still down 25.5% in May from a year...
U Kyaw Tin, Union Minister of the Ministry of International Cooperation, has requested China for early access to the COVID-19 vaccine.  “We need to increase collaboration between the developing country to respond to the health challenges we are facing and fight all forms of poverty. Myanmar is continuing its fight...
By Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi and Simon Jessop ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - As stock markets roar back from the coronavirus-led rout, advisers to the world's wealthy are urging them to hold more gold, questioning the strength of the rally and the long-term impact of global central banks' cash splurge. Before the COVID-19 pandemic,...
Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday ordered government agencies to remove two ranks of public servants in 2020 and replace their roles with artificial intelligence, in a bid to cut red tape hampering investment. Widodo made the remarks in a room full of leaders of big companies as he laid...
  The Central Bank of Myanmar has legalized interbank money market transactions in a bid to boost development of the banking and finance industry. Under the CBM’s directive, banks can carry out activities such as interbank lending, interbank savings and interbank trading in government securities. Banks can provide interbank loans with terms...
Being able to hold your breath for 10 seconds or more without coughing or feeling discomfort DOES NOT mean you are free from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or any other lung disease. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are dry cough, tiredness and fever. Some people may develop more severe...
Stanley White(REUTERS) TOKYO Japanese stocks edged lower December 11 as an approaching deadline for U.S. tariffs on nearly $160 billion worth of Chinese consumer goods just weeks before Christmas kept investors risk-averse. The Nikkei index fell 0.26 percent to 23,350.20, with industrial and healthcare sectors leading the declines. The tariffs were set to...