IAEA chief leaves Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant

Photo taken on Aug 22, 2022 shows the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. (PHOTO/XINHUA) KYIV - International Atomic Energy Agency Director-General Rafael Grossi and some members of his delegation left the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP) in southern Ukraine on Thursday, the country's state-run nuclear energy operator Energoatom said. "Currently, there...

New COVID-19 wave seen in many EU countries

A man gets tested with an antigenic test for COVID-19 in Paris on July 6, 2022. (ALAIN JOCARD / AFP) GENEVA / STOCKHOLM / JOHANNESBURG / LONDON / OTTAWA / THE HAGUE / CAIRO / BOGOTA - Europe is facing a new wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly-transmissible BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of Omicron, said the...

Top Russian, US generals discuss Ukraine over phone

This US Department of Defense handout photo shows Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Mark A Milley (left) as he meets with Chief of Russian General Staff Gen. Valery Gerasimov in Helsinki, Finland, on Sept 22, 2021. (CHUCK BURTON / DOD / AFP) MOSCOW/KYIV/BERLIN/VIENNA/UNITED NATIONS – Chief of...

Driver arrested after fatal crash in Sai Wan Ho

Police on Thursday arrested a 60-year-old man on suspicion of dangerous driving causing death over a traffic accident in Sai Wan Ho that left one man dead and another man injured. The crash happened at around 4:30pm when a seven-seater reportedly lost control on Sai Wan Ho Street, rammed into...

Industry leaders want more easing of distancing rules

Leaders of the catering, film and fitness industries said on Friday that the easing of social distancing measures from April 21 will not be enough to boost business, and that new testing rules for staff could put pressure on their operations. Speaking on an RTHK programme, Chui Man-wai, chairman of...

S. Africa risks destroying 100,000 vaccine doses

A woman receives a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19 at Discovery vaccination site in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Dec 15, 2021. (LUCA SOLA / AFP) BRUSSELS / JOHANNESBURG / LJUBLJANA / NICOSIA / SANTIAGO / STOCKHOLM / TALLINN / WASHINGTON - About 100,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine are...

Russian forces blockade Kyiv from west

This photograph taken on Feb 24, 2022 shows smoke rising near the town of Hostomel and the Antonov Airport, in northwest Kyiv. (DANIEL LEAL / AFP) KYIV / MOSCOW / WASHINGTON - Russian airborne forces have successfully conducted a landing operation at the Gostomel airfield in a suburb of Kyiv and...

Compulsory testing notices issued for 20 locations

The government on Thursday issued compulsory testing notices for 20 buildings across Hong Kong. Anyone who has visited any of these premises and stayed there for the length of time and on the dates specified must get a nucleic acid test for Covid-19. The buildings are located in Tsing Yi,...

Mask rule expanded as govt tightens Covid measures

People will have to wear a mask when they're in country parks or exercising outdoors from Thursday as part of tighter social-distancing curbs announced by the government. Eating or drinking will be banned on all public transport, including ferries and "kaito" vessels, and passengers will have to keep their masks...