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If world handles climate like COVID-19, UN chief says: ‘I fear...

NEW YORK — The United States, China, and Russia fought on Thursday during a United Nations (UN) Security Council meeting on the coronavirus pandemic...

Canada’s COVID-19 testing system overwhelmed after slow move to new tests

TORONTO — Canada’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases has created day-long lines at testing centers and prolonged waits for results, highlighting gaps in a system that leans heavily on traditional laboratory tests in a nation that has been slow to adopt newer, faster diagnostic technologies.

Possible virus vulnerability discovered; about 20% of people with COVID-19 remain...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

UK to host ‘human challenge’ trials for COVID-19 vaccines — FT

Britain is planning to host clinical trials where volunteers are deliberately infected with the new coronavirus to test the effectiveness of vaccine candidates, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people involved in the project.

Locked up during COVID-19: Costly phone calls strain families

NEW YORK — Like many Americans with aging parents, Dominque Jones-Johnson started checking in more regularly with her father when the coronavirus pandemic broke out—but unlike most families, the cost of the calls strained her budget to the breaking point.

IMF official warns coronavirus will weigh on some economies for years

WASHINGTON — The coronavirus crisis is lasting longer than expected and it will take some countries years to return to growth, the No. 2...

US airlines make urgent call for new bailout ahead of Oct....

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO — Major US airlines launched a last-ditch bid to persuade Congress to grant them a new $25 billion bailout to help avert tens of thousands of employee furloughs set to begin Oct. 1.

Tesla’s value drops $50 billion as Musk’s promised cheaper battery three...

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc.’s market value on Tuesday despite CEO Elon Musk’s promise to cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible, but not for at least three years.

US CDC takes down coronavirus airborne transmission guidance

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday took down its guidance warning on possible airborne transmission of the novel coronavirus, saying that the draft recommendation was posted in error.

Questions swirl about possible racial bias in Twitter image function

NEW YORK — Social media giant Twitter said on Monday it would investigate its image-cropping function that users complained favored white faces over black.

Migrant factory workers in Thailand launch legal action after wages expose

BANGKOK — A group of garment workers in Thailand who were illegally underpaid while making products for global brands including Starbucks and Walt Disney Co. are taking legal action to demand compensation after losing their jobs last year.

Coronavirus dampens seasonal cheer in China’s Christmas production hub

YIWU/SHANGHAI — At the Yiwu Fuye Christmas factory in eastern China, workers are stitching and testing out Santa Claus toys, checking they play a...

US sets record with over 1 million coronavirus tests in a...

The United States set a one-day record with over 1 million coronavirus diagnostic tests being performed, but the country needs 6 million to 10 million a day to bring outbreaks under control, according to various experts.

In SUVs and on planes, richest 1% drive climate-heating emissions

LONDON — Prone to frequent flying, a passion for SUVs and big spending, the richest 1% of the world’s population produced twice as many planet-heating emissions as the poorest half of humanity over the last quarter-century, researchers said on Monday.

Duterte eases overseas travel ban on health workers

President Rodrigo R. Duterte has eased an overseas travel ban on Filipino nurses and other medical workers to allow more to take jobs abroad, his spokesman said on Monday, as his government believes it has its coronavirus outbreak under control.

Why is Taiwan-China tension rising and what are the risks?

TAIPEI — China sent numerous aircraft close to Taiwan during two days of drills from Friday, causing the island’s air force to scramble, as Beijing expressed anger at the visit of a senior US official to Taipei.

How RBG’s death could shift the Supreme Court—and American life—rightward

WASHINGTON — The death of liberal US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has huge implications for the future of law and life in the United States, giving Republican President Donald J. Trump the chance to cement a 6–3 conservative majority on the court.

Sony PlayStation 5 to launch In November

TOKYO/STOCKHOLM — Sony Corp. said on Wednesday the next-generation PlayStation 5 console would launch in November priced at $499.99 and $399.99 for a version...

Pandemic “hero” Filipino nurses struggle to leave home

From across the Philippines, they gathered to pray by Zoom. They were praying to be allowed to leave: To be allowed to take up nursing...

Google aims to run on carbon-free energy by 2030

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alphabet Inc.’s Google aims to power its data centers and offices 24-7 using solely carbon-free electricity by 2030, its chief executive told Reuters, building on its previous goal of matching its energy use with 100% renewable energy.

In coronavirus vaccine race, China inoculates thousands before trials are completed

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE — China is inoculating tens of thousands of its citizens with experimental coronavirus vaccines and attracting international interest in their development, despite expert concerns over the safety of drugs that have not completed standard testing.

Chinese firms bet on plant-based meat as coronavirus fuels healthy eating...

BEIJING — A small but growing coterie of Chinese companies are betting on a bright future for plant-based meat products as consumers take their health more seriously in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Flu outbreaks may be linked to COVID-19; arthritis drug benefit seen

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for...

Philippines to prioritize coronavirus vaccine supply from Russia or China

President Rodrigo R. Duterte vowed on Monday to prioritize buying COVID-19 vaccines to be made available by Russia or China, while taking a swipe...

HSBC turns positive on unloved Southeast Asian stocks

SINGAPORE — Beaten-down equities in Southeast Asia have become irresistibly cheap, according to analysts at HSBC who recommend investing in Indonesia and across the...

China would rather see TikTok US close than a forced sale...

Beijing opposes a forced sale of TikTok’s US operations by its Chinese owner ByteDance, and would prefer to see the short video app shut down in the United States, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday.

Philippines probes 57 persons of interest over Wirecard scandal

Philippine authorities are investigating 57 foreign and local "persons of interest" potentially involved in a scandal at German payments firm Wirecard AG, an official...

As Citi taps Fraser, Wall Street’s poor record on diversity is...

NEW YORK — Citigroup Inc.’s appointment of Jane Fraser as its next chief executive on Thursday was celebrated on Wall Street as the first...

Severe COVID-19 riskier than heart attack for young adults; antibiotic shows...

The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

Japan coastguard rescues one person in search for missing NZ livestock...

WELLINGTON/TOKYO — Japan’s coastguard rescued one person in the search for a cargo ship carrying nearly 6,000 cattle and dozens of crew members that...

Coffee, ketchup and Nike Air Max: it’s the COVID consumer economy

Instant coffee, ketchup, Lululemon yoga pants, and Nike Air Max sneakers are all in. Bottled water, pricey diapers, and Burberry luxury trench coats are...

Facial recognition and bathtime bookings: How China’s universities are reopening

BEIJING — As COVID-19 cases in China sink to new lows, the world’s largest population of university students is heading back to campus in a migration defined by lockdowns, patriotic education and cutting-edge surveillance equipment.

Moderna COVID-19 vaccine appears to work as well in older adults...

Moderna Inc. said on Wednesday its experimental COVID-19 vaccine induced immune responses in older adults similar to those in younger participants, offering hope that it will be effective in people considered to be at high risk for severe complications from the coronavirus.

US targets Chinese individuals, companies amid South China Sea dispute

WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 24 Chinese companies and targeted individuals it said were part of construction and military actions in...

Need a visa to visit the US? Expect much longer wait...

The US agency in charge of processing immigration applications said on Tuesday that it had avoided a planned furlough of 70% of its staff...

South Korea orders striking doctors back to work amid surge in...

SEOUL — South Korea ordered doctors in the Seoul area to return to work on Wednesday as they began a three-day strike in protest...

Philippine army may seek martial law return after suicide attacks

Twin blasts that killed 15 people in the volatile southern Philippines could both have been suicide bombings, the military said on Tuesday, representing an escalation of violence that the army chief said may require martial law to be re-imposed.

Hong Kong man has first documented COVID-19 reinfection

A 33-year-old man who had recovered from a severe case of COVID-19 in April was infected again four months later in the first documented...

Brazil’s Bolsonaro says journalist ‘wimps’ more likely to die of COVID-19

BRASILIA — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continued his attack on journalists during a public event on Monday, describing reporters as “wimps” and saying they...

China state papers back Wuhan park after viral pool party

SHANGHAI — Chinese state newspapers threw their support behind an amusement park in the central city of Wuhan on Thursday after pictures of a densely packed pool party at the park went viral overseas amid concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

‘My life is a miracle’: COVID-19 patient recuperates after four-month ordeal

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles resident Francisco Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 in April and says he doesn’t know how he caught it. Now recuperating,...

Coronavirus forces tourism rethink in world’s most visited city

BANGKOK — Bangkok tourist destination Khao San Road is usually heaving with people on weekends, its cheap beer bars, tattoo parlors, street vendors, hostels,...

Airlines, airports to push for COVID testing as quarantines hit traffic

MONTREAL/SYDNEY — Airlines and airports will ask a United Nations-led task force meeting on Tuesday to recommend countries accept a negative COVID-19 test within...

Strong quake strikes eastern Philippines, reports of damage

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the Samar region of the eastern Philippines on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said, damaging some homes...

Coronavirus speeds up push for congestion charge in cities

BANGKOK — The coronavirus outbreak gives city authorities an opportunity to implement congestion pricing to curb traffic and pollution, urban experts said, even as...