Philippines bans chicken imports from Brazil over COVID-19 scare

MANILA: The Philippines imposed a temporary ban on poultry meat imports from Brazil on Friday (Aug 14) after two cities in China found traces of the coronavirus in cargoes of imported frozen food, including chicken wings from the South American country. READ: China’s Shenzhen says chicken imported from Brazil tests positive for coronavirus Advertisement Advertisement READ: Coronavirus […]

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Alibaba, Xiaomi to join Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index

HONG KONG: E-commerce conglomerate Alibaba , handset maker Xiaomi and WuXi Biologics will enter the Hang Seng next month, broadening Hong Kong’s traditionally financial services-dominated index. The change announced by the Hang Seng Indexes Company on Friday (Aug 14) was made possible after the 50-year-old benchmark’s publisher changed the rules on shareholder structure and secondary […]

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Buses, trains disinfected as North Korea ramps up coronavirus measures

SEOUL: Temperature checks, hand sanitisers and face masks are being enforced across Pyongyang’s public transport system as North Korea intensifies its fight against the coronavirus pandemic.  North Korea – whose crumbling health system would struggle to cope with a major outbreak – has long insisted it has not had cases of the disease. Advertisement Advertisement But it […]

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Democracy movement ‘unacceptable’ to Thais: PM Prayut

BANGKOK: Thailand’s prime minister said on Thursday (Aug 13) the majority of the kingdom finds its ongoing pro-democracy protests “unacceptable”, as the youth-led movement grows bolder in targeting Thai power. The country has seen near-daily anti-government demonstrations for weeks by student-led groups demanding an overhaul of Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration and a rewrite of a 2017 […]

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