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China's economy poised to grow around 5.5%, cabinet adviser says
China will be able to achieve economic growth of around 5.5% in 2022, an adviser to the government's cabinet said on Friday, making a rosier prediction than markets expect as recent data have pointed to slowing momentum.
Beijing punishes local officials for handling of deadly Henan floods
Beijing has punished almost 100 officials and company managers for dereliction of duty around catastrophic floods that hit Henan province and killed hundreds of people last July, state news agency Xinhua said on Friday.
Omicron: BioNTech booster shot offers enough protection, Hong Kong team finds
Study by university researchers finds people’s neutralising antibodies – the first line of immune defence – diminishes three to five weeks after receiving second vaccine shot.
Let them live: vets cite Hong Kong study in call for hamsters to be quarantined
Findings by team from University of Hong Kong’s medical school show golden hamsters stop shedding the virus through respiratory secretions after six days of isolation.
World Bank rips Microsoft purchase of Activision Blizzard in social justice rant
The money should be used to address the flow of refugees and malnutrition instead, the global financial body said
Unvaccinated seniors 49 times more likely to be hospitalized than those with boosters – CDC
Figures show benefit of Covid vaccines and boosters to reduce hospital risk as agency says: ‘Get vaccinated as soon as possible’
Will oil reach $100 a barrel? And how will it affect you?
Oil is a red-hot commodity right now, and a slew of factors are converging that could send prices even higher.
Ireland to drop almost all COVID restrictions
Majority of measures that have been in place for almost two years will be lifted on Saturday, prime minister says.
Hong Kong Locks Down Thousands In Covid Housing Block To Arrest Spread
The lengthy lockdown order -- reminiscent of those used on the Chinese mainland -- comes as Hong Kong tacks harder to Beijing's "zero-Covid" policy.
Davos Forum To Be Held In Person From May 22 Till May 26
The annual gathering of the world's political, economic, and business elite traditionally takes place in January against the idyllic snowy backdrop of the Swiss ski resort of Davos.
Passenger Defies Mask Rule, US Flight Turns Back Mid-Air
"American Airlines flight 38 with service from Miami to London returned to MIA due to a disruptive customer refusing to comply with the federal mask requirement," the airline said.
Property shares in Hong Kong jump after China cuts key mortgage rate
Shares of Chinese property developers have jumped in Hong Kong as China's central bank cut a key mortgage rate for the first time in almost two years.
Toyota Land Cruiser customers in Japan face four-year wait
Motor industry giant Toyota has warned customers in Japan that they will have to wait for up to four years to take delivery of its new Land Cruiser SUV.
JPMorgan, Barclays join bank rush to reopen offices in England
JPMorgan (JPM.N), Barclays (BARC.L) and Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) have told staff they can return to the office in England, joining a growing number of banks reopening their buildings after COVID-19 restrictions were eased this week.
‘My show ain’t ready’: Adele postpones Las Vegas residency
Singer announces she is rescheduling Weekends with Adele show as half her crew infected with Covid
Djokovic-backed ‘biotech’ firm’s approach likened to homeopathy
Exclusive: QuantBioRes says it designs treatments for viral diseases based on electromagnetic frequency
Hong Kong warns people to stop trying to prevent Covid hamster cull
Hong Kong police will deal with pet lovers who try to stop people giving up their hamsters to be put down, or who offer to care for abandoned hamsters, authorities said, after they ordered a cull of the cuddly rodents to curb the coronav...
Unvaccinated teachers and visitors to be barred from all schools starting Feb 24
Unvaccinated teachers, school staff and visitors will be barred from all schools across the city starting February 24, the Education Bureau said on Thursday night.
New Hong Kong Bar Association chief draws line in sand on political issues
Senior counsel Victor Dawes elected unopposed as chairman, with criminal law specialist Derek Chan SC and corporate lawyer Jose-Antonio Maurellet SC taking the two vice-chairman posts.
Hong Kong’s ethnic minority leaders urge testing over Omicron fears
Jay Li Ting-fung, a member of the Sham Shui Po district council, says officials need to ramp up their messaging to make sure more people get tested
Keynes warned the world against using economic sanctions. His alternative is worth considering
In 1924, the economist argued that aiding our allies is more effective than sanctioning our foes. That lesson should be heeded today
The best way to stay safe from Covid in England? Don't ditch the mask
Boris Johnson’s easing of restrictions is in stark contrast to what other countries are doing to control Omicron
By 2050, a quarter of the world’s people will be African – this will shape our future
Africa’s unprecedented population growth will impact geopolitics, global trade, migration and almost every aspect of life. It’s time for a reimagining of the continent
Hong Kong to shut secondary schools from Monday over COVID fears
Hong Kong will suspend face-to-face teaching in secondary schools from Monday until after the approaching Lunar New Year, authorities said, because of a rising number of coronavirus infections in several schools in the Chinese-ruled terr...
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