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Philippines detects Indian variant as daily Covid-19 cases near 8-week low

Philippines detects Indian variant as daily Covid-19 cases near 8-week low

The Philippines has detected its first two cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, its health ministry said on Tuesday, even as confirmed daily Covid-19 infections fell to a near eight-week low.

Foreigners return to Mount Everest as Nepal battles second Covid-19 wave

Foreigners return to Mount Everest as Nepal battles second Covid-19 wave

Foreigners climbed Mount Everest for the first time since Nepal's government reopened the mountain after it was shut last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, despite recent coronavirus cases at its base camp.

At least seven dead in Russia school shooting

At least seven dead in Russia school shooting

At least seven people were killed Tuesday, most of them children, in a shooting at a high school in the central Russian city of Kazan, officials and news agency reports said.

Chinese hunt for escaped leopard dangles chickens as bait

Chinese hunt for escaped leopard dangles chickens as bait

Residents in a Chinese city were warned to stay indoors as authorities released flocks of chickens as bait to track down a leopard that escaped from a safari park, state media reported Tuesday.

China demographic crisis looms as population growth slips to lowest ever

China demographic crisis looms as population growth slips to lowest ever

China's population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined, sowing doubt over Beijing's ability to power its economy as it succumbs to the same ageing trends afflicting developed nations like Japan.

Seven killed in landslide at Indonesia gold mine

Seven killed in landslide at Indonesia gold mine

At least seven people were killed and one reported missing after a landslide at an Indonesian gold mine, authorities said Tuesday.

India's seven-day Covid average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

India's seven-day Covid average at new high, WHO issues warning on strain

India's coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international heath authorities warning the country's variant of the virus poses a global concern.

US authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds

US authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12-15 year olds

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday authorized the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine on children aged 12 to 15 years old.

Bolsonaro leads big bike rally

Bolsonaro leads big bike rally

Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro rode at the head of a large motorbike rally by his supporters on Sunday amid harsh criticism over his management of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Pakistan’s water bearers help to quench thirst in Ramadan

Pakistan’s water bearers help to quench thirst in Ramadan

Mohamed Ramzan pumps water into a large goat skin bag before carrying it down an alley and up several flights of stairs to deliver to a resident in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city.

Pakistan’s army chief reiterates support for Afghan peace process

Pakistan’s army chief reiterates support for Afghan peace process

The Pakistan army chief offered Islamabad’s support for the Afghanistan peace process in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul yesterday amid growing violence as the United States withdraws its troops.

EU’s Covid health pass operational by June

EU’s Covid health pass operational by June

The EU is “fully on track” to ensure all its citizens and residents are able to have a free coronavirus (Covid-19) health pass next month to ease travel, a spokesman said yesterday.

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