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WHO tells Asia-Pacific to brace for Omicron as variant spreads

The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Asia-Pacific countries on Friday to boost healthcare capacity and fully vaccinate their people to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases as the Omicron varian...

As global costs soar, Japan's 'shrinkflation' gets harder to swallow

It was a chocolate biscuit that turned Masayuki Iwasa, a self-professed penny-pincher with a sweet tooth, into one of Japan's most scrupulous chroniclers of "shrinkflation". Having sw...

WHO urges Asia-Pacific to ready for Omicron-driven surge in infections

Asia-Pacific countries should boost their healthcare capacity and fully vaccinate their people to prepare for a surge in COVID-19 cases fuelled by the Omicron variant, officials at the World Health Or...

Fuel in tap water alarms Pearl Harbor military families

HONOLULU (AP) — Cheri Burness' dog was the first to signal something was wrong with their tap water. He stopped drinking it two weeks ago. Then Burness started feeling stomach cramps. Her 12-year-old ...

WHO says measures against delta work for omicron variant too

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — World Health Organization officials in the Western Pacific say border closures adopted by some countries may buy time to deal with the omicron coronavirus variant, but measu...

Salvadoran military plane crashes in Pacific, 3 dead

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran military plane crashed into the Pacific on Thursday, killing all three people aboard, including the son of the defense minister. The ar...

AWS Announces AWS IoT TwinMaker

New service makes it faster and easier to create digital twins of real-world systems like buildings, factories, industrial equipment, and production lines—helping many more customers build application...

DHL Global Forwarding launches new two-way rail service between Kunming, China and Vientiane, Laos

DHL, the first international forwarder, commences pioneering operations on the brand new China-Laos railwayRelief for peak season logistics rates with costs up to 50% less than airfreight with simil...

US lawmakers call for Taiwan's inclusion in border preclearance program

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — U.S. lawmakers on Thursday (Dec. 2) introduced a bill in the Senate and House of Representatives calling for Taiwan's inclusion in the Customs and Border Protection (C...

AP Week in Pictures: Asia

Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 2021 This photo gallery highlights some of the most compelling images made or published by Associated Press photographers in Asia and Pacific. The g...

Oregon officials ask public help to find killers of 8 wolves

Officials in Oregon are asking for public assistance to locate the person or persons responsible for poisoning eight wolves in the eastern part of the state earlier this year. The Or...

U.S., EU concerned by China's 'problematic and unilateral actions' at sea

The United States and European Union on Thursday voiced strong concern at China's "problematic and unilateral actions" in the South China Sea and stressed the need for close contact to m...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. ...

US, EU concerned by China's 'problematic' actions at sea

The United States and the European Union released a joint statement on Thursday, detailing shared concerns over China's actions at sea. The briefing said the US and EU had strong concerns about w...

Russia sends missiles near Pacific islands claimed by Japan

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military has deployed coastal defense missile systems near the Kuril Islands, a Pacific chain also claimed by Japan. The move appeared intended to underline Moscow's firm sta...