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The battle never ends: Horrifying pandemics in human history

In a pandemic era when COVID-19 death toll has reached 2 million worldwide, everyone has been anxiously waiting for the vaccines reaching those in need and actually turning things around. But if you think twice about it, the whole human history is actually a continuous battle between us and different kinds of pandemics.

Japanese Sapporo 'lagar' beer to hit shelves despite misspelling

A new Japanese beer will hit the shelves next month despite a misspelling on its logo as "lagar," its maker Sapporo Breweries Ltd. has said, after the error set social media abuzz and drew consumer support.

Tens of thousands of birds culled amid bird flu scare in Europe, Japan, India

With less than 15 days into 2021, a pall of new health scare is hanging over Japan, India and at least 10 countries in Europe – France, Germany, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and Ukraine.

FBI tracking 'extensive' online chatter about armed protests

The FBI is tracking an "extensive amount of concerning online chatter," including calls for armed protests leading up to next week's presidential inauguration, Director Chris Wray said Thursday (Jan. 14).

Airbnb CEO says travel never going back to the way it was before pandemic

Airbnb Chief Executive Officer Brian Chesky on Thursday (Jan. 14) predicted travel would permanently change due to the pandemic with people seeking out thousands of smaller cities and spending more time visiting friends and family.

Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem COVID-19 and steady economy

President-elect Joe Biden unveiled a $1.9 trillion coronavirus plan Thursday (Jan. 14) to end "a crisis of deep human suffering" by speeding up vaccines and pumping out financial help to those struggling with the pandemic's prolonged economic fallout.

China, Brunei vow to push bilateral cooperation to new high

Brunei's Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi here Thursday (Jan. 14), and both sides pledged to carry on a joint fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and promote bilateral cooperation in all areas to a new high.

US weekly jobless claims soar to nearly 1 mn amid COVID-19 spikes

Initial jobless claims in the United States soar to 965,000 last week, indicating severe disruption to the labor market recovery by COVID-19 spikes, the Labor Department reported Thursday (Jan. 14).

Turkey begins mass COVID-19 vaccination with Sinovac's jabs

Turkey launched Thursday (Jan. 14) the mass vaccination program against COVID-19 with the vaccines developed by China's Sinovac company.

UK bans arrivals from South American countries, Portugal over new coronavirus variant

The British government on Thursday (Jan. 14) announced its decision to ban arrivals from more than a dozen South American countries and Portugal Friday (Jan. 15) following the detection of a new coronavirus variant.

China would welcome US return to multilateralism

China will respond with a welcoming gesture if the new United States administration returns to multilateralism, though the practice of advancing a faked multilateralism would only lead the world to new divisions and conflicts, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.

Intel Ousts CEO and names successor

Intel has named Pat Gelsinger as its new chief executive officer, replacing Bob Swan after a rocky two-year run. The chipmaker recruited Gelsinger from software firm VMWare, calling him a "highly respected CEO and industry veteran" in a release. Gelsinger, who has been VMWare's CEO for about the past decade, will take the helm at Intel on February 15.

Xi encourages Starbucks to help promote China-US ties

Chinese President Xi Jinping has encouraged Howard Schultz, Starbucks Corporation's chairman emeritus, and the company to continue to play a positive role in advancing China-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and bilateral ties. In a reply letter to Schultz on Jan. 6, Xi stressed that under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, the 1.4 billion Chinese people have made long-term and arduous efforts to build a moderately prosperous society in all respects and pursue socialist modernization.

Turkish health minister gets jab of Chinese vaccine ahead of national rollout

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on Wednesday (Jan. 13) received the Chinese COVID-19 Sinovac vaccine along with Turkey's advisory science council members, one day before the nationwide vaccination begins.

Stop stigma by standardizing COVID-strain names: WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed a standardization of the naming system for COVID-19 strains, to avoid stigmatizing the country where the strains are first identified and to avoid "geopolitical issues."
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