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South Korea to require 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers starting Friday

South Korea will require a 10-day quarantine for all inbound travelers for two weeks starting Friday (Dec. 3), halting exemptions given earlier to fully vaccinated people, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said.

MLB owners lock out players, 1st work stoppage since 1995

Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport's collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday (Dec. 1) night and owners immediately locked out players in a move that threatens spring training and opening day.

US reports 1st case of Omicron variant

The U.S. recorded its first confirmed case of the omicron variant Wednesday (Dec. 1) — in a vaccinated traveler who returned to California after a trip to South Africa — as scientists around the world race to establish whether the new, mutant version of the coronavirus is more dangerous than previous ones.

CE concludes Wuhan visit, eyes cooperation with Hubei on carbon emission goals

Chief Executive Carrie Lam on Wednesday (Dec. 1) concluded her Wuhan visit by visiting a local carbon emissions exchange center and meeting teachers and students at Wuhan University. The chief executive has returned to HK via Shenzhen in the afternoon.

South Korea reports daily record of over 5,000 new coronavirus infections

South Korea's daily new COVID-19 infections topped 5,000 for the first time Wednesday (Dec. 1) and the number of critically ill patients hit a fresh high amid concerns over the global spread of the new virus variant.

Japan starts administering COVID-19 booster shots amid Omicron concerns

Japan began on Wednesday (Dec. 1) to administer COVID-19 booster injections to people who finished the full two shots at least eight months ago amid increasing concerns over the new Omicron variant of the COVID-19, the government said.

Worldwide Cost of Living 2021: HK ranks 5th most expensive city to live in

Israel's Tel Aviv has surpassed Hong Kong and Singapore to become the world's most expensive city to live in, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Opinion | US-China Commission: Partisan report a farrago of fallacies

In 2000, the US Congress established the United States-China Economic and Security Review Commission, with wide terms of reference. Its mandate is to monitor, investigate and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic partnership between the two countries. If appropriate, it also is required to make recommendations to Congress for legislative and administrative action.

Three students shot dead, eight people wounded at Michigan high school; suspect arrested

A 15-year-old boy killed three fellow high school students and wounded eight other people after opening fire with a semi-automatic handgun at a Michigan high school, and was quickly arrested, police said.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey steps down as CEO

Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) Chief Executive Officer Jack Dorsey is stepping down from his role and Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal will now lead the company, the social networking site announced on Monday (Nov. 29).

Nearly 60% of GBA enterprises intend to expand business to ASEAN countries in next 3 years

According to a research report jointly released by the United Overseas Bank (UOB) Hong Kong Branch and Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) today (Nov. 29), nearly 60% of enterprises in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area will consider starting or further expanding their business to ASEAN countries over the next three years.

Japan to bring back ban on new foreign arrivals over Omicron variant

The Japanese government will bring back its blanket ban on new entries by foreigners on Tuesday (Nov. 30) amid concerns over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday.

Off-White founder & Louis Vuitton star designer Virgil Abloh dies of cancer at 41

Virgil Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion's highest-profile Black designer and the creative mind behind Louis Vuitton's menswear collections, died on Sunday (Nov. 28) at age 41, following a two-year battle with a rare form of cancer.

Omicron variant detected in more countries as scientists race to find answers

The Omicron coronavirus variant spread around the world on Sunday (Nov. 28), with new cases found in the Netherlands, Denmark and Australia even as more countries imposed travel restrictions to try to seal themselves off.

Coronavirus | 1st image of the Omicron strain: Italian scientists release

This Saturday, Italian scientists presented the first image of a spike protein of the new Omicron strain of the coronavirus, which was first detected in countries on the African continent in early November.
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