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Australia's medicine regulator approves Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11

Australia's medicine regulator provisionally approved on Sunday the Pfizer Inc coronavirus vaccine for children between the ages of 5 and 11, with the health minister saying the rollout could begi...

France to work with Saudis to resolve crisis with Lebanon

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — France’s president and Saudi Arabia’s crown prince held a joint phone call with Lebanon’s prime minister during Emmanuel Macron’s visit to the kingdom on Saturday, i...

France, Saudi Arabia pledge to support Lebanon despite spat

French President Emmanuel Macron used his visit to Saudi Arabia to help smooth a diplomatic row between Riyadh and Beirut over the war in Yemen. On Saturday, Macron and the Saudi crown prince, Mohamm...

Auckland reopens as New Zealand tries new virus approach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended. New Zealand has b...

Australia records first Omicron community case, authorities hold nerve for now

Australia on Friday reported its first community transmission of the new Omicron coronavirus variant, but authorities held steady on a plan to reopen the economy amid hopes it would prove to be milder...

South Africa accelerates vaccination campaign amid surge

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has accelerated its vaccination campaign by giving jabs at pop-up sites in shopping centers and transportation hubs to combat a rapid rise in new COVID-19 cases a week...

Despite variants, Singapore’s COVID-19 strategy on track

When Singapore embarked upon its strategy of living with COVID-19, backed by one of the world’s leading vaccine programs, the wealthy city-state saw a spike in its rate of infections, leading ma...

Tesla officially moves headquarters from California to Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tesla says it has officially moved its corporate headquarters from Silicon Valley to a large factory under construction outside of Austin, Texas. The company mad...

Taiwan mulls restarting domestic cruises

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The COVID-19 task force said on Wednesday (Dec. 1) that Taiwan is considering partially restarting cruise travel after warnings from cruise operators that they might have ...

Taiwan urged to resume domestic cruises

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Since Taiwan’s domestic cruises have been suspended for half a year, Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) on Wednesday (Dec. 1) urged the country to find a balance betwe...

Despite variants, Singapore's COVID-19 strategy on track

SINGAPORE (AP) — When Singapore embarked upon its strategy of living with COVID-19, backed by one of the world's leading vaccine programs, the wealthy city-state saw a spike in its rate of infections,...

Unique effort reopens girls' schools in an Afghan province

HERAT, Afghanistan (AP) — High school girls are sitting at home almost everywhere in Afghanistan, forbidden to attend class by the Taliban rulers. But there’s one major exception. Fo...

Fiji welcomes back tourists despite omicron threat

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fiji welcomed back its first tourists in more than 600 days on Wednesday after pushing ahead with reopening plans despite the threat posed by the newly detected omicron ...

Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Dr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV’s "Dr. Oz Show" after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey's show, announced Tuesday that he is running for...

Hong Kong's zero-COVID policy keeps movers busy, gives recruiters headaches

HONG KONG, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Hong Kong's zero-COVID policy is driving foreign talent out of the financial hub and putting off newcomers even as some firms offer pay packages not seen since the la...