Tree pruner dies in crane accident

A tree pruner with the Leisure and Cultural Services Department died on Wednesday, after the crane she was working on collapsed. Her co-worker suffered waist injuries. The accident happened at the junction of Water Street and Des Voeux Road West shortly after 9am. Video footage circulating online showed the elevated...

Next Digital probe is necessary, says accountant

A Baptist University’s adjunct professor in business said on Thursday that it was appropriate for the government to invoke rarely-used powers under the Companies Ordinance to investigate Next Digital, saying a lot of questions surrounding the financial affairs of the media company remain unanswered. Speaking on an RTHK programme, Nelson...

‘Doctors will stay silent to avoid trouble’

A former president of the Hong Kong Public Doctors’ Association, Arisina Ma, said on Wednesday that she expects medical professionals to increasingly refrain from criticising the government and its healthcare policy to avoid getting into trouble. She made the remarks after two doctors’ groups recently disbanded. The pro-democracy Médecins Inspirés...

Mutant strain found in Tai Po man triggers lockdown

The government said on Wednesday that an airline ground staff has tested preliminary positive for a mutant strain of Covid-19, as it ordered a lockdown of a public housing estate in Tai Po where the man lives. Health officials said the patient, 27, lives in Wan Hang House on Wan...

WHO: Urgent action needed as third virus wave sweeps Africa

A woman receives a coronavirus vaccine at the Kololo airstrip in Kampala, Uganda, May 31, 2021. (NICHOLAS BAMULANZEKI / AP) BRUSSELS / LONDON / LUSAKA / BERLIN / RABAT / JOHANNESBURG / HAVANA / SANTIAGO / QUITO / ADDIS ABABA / LISBON / BOGOTA / ACCRA / SAO PAULO / BOGOTA / BUENOS AIRES / KYIV / MOSCOW / OSLO /...

Greece rolls out COVID-19 vaccines in migrant camps

A woman holding her child receives a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in the refugee camp of Mavrovouni in the Greek island of Lesbos on June 3, 2021. (PHOTO / AFP) ZAGREB / HARARE / LONDON / RIGA / NAIROBI / WARSAW / NICOSIA / WASHINGTON / BRASILIA / HAVANA / PARIS / BUENOS AIRES / SANTIAGO / TUNIS / WINDHOEK / SAO...

Africa needs 20 million Astra shots by July for second doses

This March 20, 2021, photo shows a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca anti-COVID-19 vaccine in Belgrade, Serbia. (PHOTO / BLOOMBERG) BRUSSELS / BERLIN / WASHINGTON / LONDON / HARARE / HAVANA / LA PAZ / SANTIAGO / BRASILIA / TUNIS / BUENOS AIRES / PARIS / MOSCOW / WINDHOEK / DUBLIN - African nations will need 20 million AstraZeneca Plc coronavirus...

AU: Virus testing declining in Africa as mutant strains spread

An Egyptian medical worker administers a dose of the Oxford-AstraZenec vaccine on March 4, 2021 in Cairo on the first day of vaccination in Egypt. (Khaled DESOUKI / AFP) COPENHAGEN / VALLETTA / HAVANA / BELGRADE / LONDON / ALGIERS / OTTAWA / RABAT / BERLIN / TUNIS / SANTIAGO / QUITO / JOHANNESBURG / RIO DE JANEIRO / ADDIS ABABA...

Kremlin says Putin-Biden summit depends on US behavior

A view of St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin's Spasskaya Tower in downtown Moscow on Dec 9, 2019. (DIMITAR DILKOFF / AFP) MOSCOW -The Kremlin said on Wednesday that a summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden would be contingent on US behaviour after reportedly telling...

COVAX shots reach more than 100 nations despite supply snags

In this March 28, 2021 photo, workers unload Macedonia's first batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccines received through the UN-backed COVAX scheme, at Skopje's International Airport. (ROBERT ATANASOVSKI / AFP) SAO PAULO / SANTIAGO / TUNIS / GENEVA / ALGIERS / BERLIN / PARIS / LONDON / BARQUISIMETO / ATHENS / MADRID...