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  1. A third child of a Saudi Arabian consulate employee in Hong Kong has tested positive for Covid-19, a medical source has said, a week after two of her siblings were confirmed as infected.The source said the new case was the older sister of the 13-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy identified last Wednesday.The older daughter, whose age has not yet been revealed, was classified as an imported case after testing positive at a quarantine centre following her recent arrival from Saudi Arabia.The city…
  2. A man has been arrested and charged in federal court with sending emails that threatened to harm and kill Dr Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health Director Dr Francis Collins, and their families, federal prosecutors in Maryland announced.A criminal complaint filed Monday charges Thomas Patrick Connally Jnr, 56, with threats against a federal official and interstate communication containing a threat to harm.Beginning in December and up to last week, Connally used a Switzerland-based…
  3. Two years before winning a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics on Monday, Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz was mocked and threatened online after her name was included on a list of dozens of people alleged to be plotting to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.But with the 30-year-old ending her country’s near century-long wait for an Olympic Gold in the women’s 55kg class event and receiving accolades all round, senior Duterte aides have sought to distance themselves from that episode without…
  4. A federal jury convicted a wealthy California political donor on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses.Ed Buck, 66, was found guilty of all nine felony counts in federal court, which could lead to a life sentence. The verdict came exactly four years after one of the victims, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, was found dead of an overdose in Buck’s West Hollywood flat.“Today is bittersweet,” LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, said…
  5. First proposed at the 17th Asean-China Summit in 2014 by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) mechanism aims to enhance economic cooperation, environmental protection efforts and transboundary water governance between the countries along the river’s length, namely China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Seen as a rival to the US-backed Mekong River Commission (MRC) – which excludes Myanmar and China and was formed in 1995 – the LMC differentiates…
  6. Electronic cigarettes and similar devices are dangerous to health and must be regulated to curb the tobacco industry’s “criminal” tactics to get young people hooked on nicotine, the World Health Organization warned.“Nicotine is highly addictive. Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) are harmful, and must be better regulated,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.The WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2021, which focused on new and emerging products, was published on Tuesday.It…
  7. There are signs that immune protection from the world’s most widely used coronavirus vaccine drops significantly after six to eight months but a booster shot lifts levels three to five times, a new study has found.The study came as some countries, including Thailand, Indonesia and Turkey, consider offering a third booster shot to people in high-risk and older age groups. The study was published on Medrxiv.org without peer review on Sunday.Since May last year researchers, including Yu Hongjie…
  8. An armed man using a stand-up scooter has robbed famed Parisian jeweller Chaumet in an audacious evening heist.The robber stole almost €2 million (US$2.37 million) worth of jewellery and precious stones after bursting into the shop near the Champs-Elysees avenue around 5pm on Tuesday, according to reports.Without using his weapon, the man also made his getaway on the scooter from the store on Rue Francois 1, a source said.The prosecutor’s office said it had opened an investigation. It did not…
  9. A former intelligence analyst was sentenced to 45 months in prison for leaking secrets about the US military’s drone attacks that were the basis of a powerful 2015 news expose.Daniel Everette Hale, 33, worked as a US Air Force intelligence officer developing targets for drone strikes in Afghanistan in 2011-2012, an experience he said left him emotionally scarred.After leaving military service, in 2014 he worked for a defence contractor for eight months which gave him access to top secret…
  10. China’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2060 covers various greenhouse gases – not just carbon dioxide, its climate envoy said on the weekend, signalling a potential shift in Beijing’s climate change policy.Addressing a financial forum in Beijing on Saturday, Xie Zhenhua, China’s special envoy on climate change, said the carbon neutrality target included greenhouse gas emissions from all sectors of the economy.“This is different from the 2030 target,” Xie said, referring to the date by which China…