How South Korea turbocharged specialty syringe production for COVID-19 vaccines

SEOUL — It was 7:30 a.m. on Christmas Eve when Cha Jung-hoon, South Korea’s deputy minister for small businesses, got a call from his...

Oxygen supplies run low as India grapples with coronavirus ‘storm’

NEW DELHI — Indian authorities scrambled to shore up supplies of medical oxygen to hospitals in the capital, Delhi, on Wednesday as a fast-spreading second wave of coronavirus stretched medical infrastructure to breaking point, officials and doctors said.

Malaysia starts marketing its first-ever sustainability Sukuk

MALAYSIA kicked off an offering of its first-ever sustainability Sukuk, adding to a growing number of countries turning to debt financing for environmental projects.

J&J to cooperate in study of rare clots linked to COVID-19 vaccine, German scientist...

ZURICH — A German scientist studying extremely rare blood clots linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine said on Tuesday Johnson & Johnson has agreed to work with him on the research after similar serious side effects emerged in recipients of its shot.

Australian academics enlist amateur scientists to study microplastics

SYDNEY — Equipped with just a pan and sieve, a group of amateur scientists comb the beach looking for tiny bits of plastic that are near invisible to the naked eye but belie their threat.

China, Myanmar and others criticized in report on rising religious persecution

ROME — Violations of religious freedom are increasing and persecution takes place in more than 25 countries, with China and Myanmar among those that have the worst records, according to a report by a Vatican-backed charity.

Japan’s foreign residents ponder traveling for vaccines amid slow inoculation push

TOKYO — Japan’s glacial coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) inoculation push is prompting some foreign residents to consider flying to other countries to get vaccinated, as the pandemic surges again with no shots in sight for everyday people.

Japan PM to postpone visit to India, Philippines — media

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is postponing plans to visit India and the Philippines on a trip originally set for the end of the month, media said on Wednesday.

Chauvin convicted of murdering George Floyd in landmark US racial justice case

MINNEAPOLIS — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, a milestone in the fraught racial history of...

China’s Xi calls for fairer world order as rivalry with US deepens

BOAO, China — Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for a rejection of hegemonic power structures in global governance, amid growing tensions between Washington and Beijing over a widening range of issues including alleged human rights abuses.