At least 57 illegal migrants drown off Libyan coast

This photo provided by the International Organization for Migration shows migrants from four boats being returned to the shore in Tripoli, Libya, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) TRIPOLI - At least 57 illegal migrants drowned off the Libyan coast on Monday, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said....

Brazilians take to streets to seek Bolsonaro’s impeachment

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attends the launching ceremony of a new registry of professional fishermen, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia on June 29, 2021. (EVARISTO SA / AFP) SAO PAULO - Protesters took to the streets in several Brazilian cities on Saturday to demand the impeachment of far-right President Jair...

Govt to launch scheme to boost elderly vaccine rate

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip said on Saturday that authorities will launch a scheme by this month to make it easier for the elderly to get vaccinated, amidst a low inoculation rate for the age group. Speaking on an RTHK progamme, Nip said only 28 percent of people...

Punishment for US figures ‘deserved’: HKMAO

The Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office said on Saturday seven American citizens and entities that are being sanctioned by Beijing are getting the punishment they deserve. In the first sanctions imposed under China's new anti-foreign sanction law, unspecified counter-sanctions have been laid on the current or former heads of...

Media wrong to reveal my ‘unforgivable havoc’: CE

Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Friday that the media should not have reported her comments at a private meeting in 2019 when she admitted that pushing ahead with her extradition bill caused havoc in society. Lam said new legislation could be needed to outlaw such leaks in future. In...

Death toll from S. Africa’s unrest rises to 337

Protesters barricade a road in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a garbage bin painted with the word 'Zuma' on it on July 11, 2021. (YESHIEL PANCHIA / AP) JOHANNESBURG - The death toll following a week of rolling violence and looting in South Africa has risen to 337, said Acting Minister...

Not time to offer third Covid jab: experts

Health experts on Wednesday said it is too early to decide whether to offer a third dose of the Covid vaccine to people who've already received both their shots, as only about 40 percent of citizens have had even a first jab. Speaking at a press conference, Lau Yu-lung, who...

Migrants’ hunger strike puts Belgian govt in danger

In this June 2, 2021 photo, a nurse walks in an occupied Saint-Jean-Baptiste-au-Beguinage church by undocumented migrants in Brussels. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) BRUSSELS - Hundreds of undocumented immigrants, on hunger strike in Brussels for the last two months to demand residence rights, have begun refusing water, putting themselves close...

ILO: Women hardest-hit in pandemic job market

Bosnian women, workers at a small textile factory, manufacture face masks on March 27, 2020, in Srebrenica, amid the outbreak of COVID-19. (ELVIS BARUKCIC / AFP) GENEVA - Women have been hit harder than men by job losses around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and only men's employment...

Brazil approves trials with 3rd dose of Astra vaccine

Brazilian Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga gives a second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to Chief of Staff Minister Luiz Eduardo Ramos at a vaccination center Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (ERALDO PERES / AP) WASHINGTON / ROME / LUSAKA / KIGALI / BRASILIA /  MEXICO CITY / PARIS...

Those with weak immunity may get Covid booster

A government advisor on Covid vaccines said on Saturday that those with weak immune systems may be able to get booster jabs in future. Wallace Lau, the convenor of an advisory panel on Covid-19 jabs, told a radio programme that experts would be meeting next week to discuss whether people...

‘Mass resignations have crippled district councils’

District councillors on Friday called on the government to provide a solution to the standstill at some councils, whose memberships have been decimated by mass resignations this month. While there have been resignations of individual district councillors in previous months, the exodus of elected members in recent weeks has created...

The Executive Interview: Silicon Craft Technology PCL (SET:SICT)

BANGKOK, Jul 16, 2021 - (ACN Newswire via SEAPRWire.com) - Silicon Craft Technology PCL (SET:SICT) Co-Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Bodin Kasemset discusses the company's strategy and outlook in The Executive Interview (TEI) by ShareInvestor.com.TEI: Please share your background and your work experience in the semiconductor industry.I graduated my bachelor's degree...

As a victim, I back doxxing bill: Priscilla Leung

Pro-government lawmaker Priscilla Leung said on Thursday that she supports the authorities' move to introduce laws targeting doxxing and the sharing of other's information without consent. Lawmakers are expected to scrutinise the relevant bill next week. Leung, who is also a barrister, said she has been doxxed before and understands...

South Africa to boost troops fivefold to help quash riots

South African firefighters (right) look on as suspected looters walk outside a vandalised mall in Vosloorus, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, on July 14, 2021. (MARCO LONGARI / AFP) South Africa will significantly ramp up the number of soldiers deployed to help quell riots following days of looting and destruction...

Book fair starts new, post-security law chapter

The Hong Kong Book Fair returned on Wednesday, after the coronavirus pandemic put paid to efforts to hold the annual event in 2020, but there were noticeably fewer political books on sale with exhibitors wary of falling foul of the national security law. Visitor numbers for the seven-day fair are...