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Japan PM contender Kono wants renewable energy, 5G to be focus of stimulus package

Japan's vaccine minister Taro Kono, a contender to replace Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, said on Thursday (Sept. 16) any new economic stimulus measures should prioritize spending on renewable energy and expansion of 5G networks nationwide.

1st all-civilian crew: SpaceX launches 4 amateurs on private Earth-circling trip

SpaceX's first private flight streaked into orbit from Florida Wednesday (Sept. 15) night with two contest winners, a health care worker and their rich sponsor, the most ambitious leap yet in space tourism. It was the first time a spacecraft circled Earth with an all-amateur crew and no professional astronauts.

Chinese Mission: EU should urge member states to correct mistakes on China

The European Union should urge member states to correct their mistakes and stop sending wrong messages on issues involving China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, a spokesperson for the Chinese Mission to the EU said on Thursday (Sept. 16).

Shocking! Nearly 1,500 dolphins slaughtered in Denmark within a day

The practice of dolphin hunting in the Faroe Islands has come under scrutiny after more than 1,400 of the mammals were killed in what was believed to be a record death toll.

Explainer | What to expect from Apple's new iPhone 13, iPads and Apple Watch Series 7?

Apple unveiled its next iPhone line-up, including a model that offers twice the storage available in earlier versions and other modest upgrades to last year's editions that proved to be a big hit among consumers devouring the latest technology during the pandemic.

UK inflation soars to 9-year high on rebound from restaurant discount scheme

British inflation hit a more than nine-year high last month after the biggest monthly jump in the annual rate in at least 24 years, largely due to a one-off boost reflecting the "Eat Out to Help Out" scheme that pushed down restaurant meal prices last year.

SpaceX gets ready to launch first all-civilian crew to orbit

Yet another billionaire entrepreneur is set to ride into space this week, strapped inside the capsule of a SpaceX rocketship, as part of an astro-tourist team poised to make history as the first all-civilian crew launched into Earth orbit.

U.N. seeks US$600 mn to avert Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

The United Nations is convening an aid conference in Geneva on Monday (Sept. 13) in an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan, warning of a humanitarian crisis there following the Taliban takeover.

No quarantine for vaccinated tourists traveling to Bangkok in October

Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated visitors in October, officials said on Friday (Sept. 10), as the kingdom seeks to salvage a tourism industry hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Former US President George W. Bush warns against domestic extremism on 9/11 anniversary

Former U.S. President George W. Bush on Saturday (Sept. 11) warned against domestic extremism, saying the country has seen "growing evidence that the dangers to our country can come not only across borders but from violence that gathers within."

Xi Jinping urges early return of China-U.S. relations back to right track

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday  (Sept. 10) morning took a phone call from his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, and the two leaders had candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-U.S. relations and relevant issues of mutual interest.

Japan's popular vaccine minister Kono enters race for next leader

Japan's popular coronavirus vaccination minister, Taro Kono, announced his candidacy on Friday (Sept. 10) to lead the ruling party and, by extension, become the next prime minister, highlighting his image as an outspoken reformer with a conservative streak.

Xi holds extensive strategic communication with Biden

Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday (Sept. 10) morning took a phone call from his U.S. counterpart, Joseph R. Biden, and the two leaders had candid, in-depth and extensive strategic communication and exchanges on China-U.S. relations and relevant issues of mutual interest.

Japan extends COVID-19 emergency curbs in Tokyo and other areas

Japan extended emergency COVID-19 restrictions on Thursday (Sept. 9) in Tokyo and other regions until the end of this month to curb infections and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed.

Biden calls climate change "everybody's crisis", tours flood-hit NYC after Ida

U.S. President Joe Biden described climate change as "everybody's crisis" on Tuesday (Sept. 7) as he toured sites of deadly floods in the Northeast caused by Hurricane Ida.
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