Britain defends speed of approval for Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine

Britain on Friday insisted its world-first approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine met all safety standards, striving to tamp down any public unease after US and European officials queried the rapid process.The UK's drugs regulator gave emergency approval for the vaccine on Wednesday, and the government plans to start rolling it out next week.Any vaccine “must undergo robust clinical trials in line with international standards”, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory…

Britain defends speed of approval for Pfizer-BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine
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Australian envoy to India under fire for visit to right-wing Hindu group

Australian envoy to India under fire for visit to right-wing Hindu group
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Calls for Australia's envoy to India, Barry O'Farrell, to resign have gained steam after ...

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A ‘no-deal' Brexit could lead to rise in human trafficking: rights group

A ‘no-deal' Brexit could lead to rise in human trafficking: rights group
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Brexit will be a boon for human traffickers unless Britain acts swiftly to improve ...

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China-India border row: prepare for the long haul in talks, Indian foreign minister says

China-India border row: prepare for the long haul in talks, Indian foreign minister says
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India's foreign minister has warned that border talks with China could last for years ...

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Indian farmers vs Modi: protesters ‘ready to die' in winter of discontent

Indian farmers vs Modi: protesters ‘ready to die' in winter of discontent
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As India's virus numbers swell and the economy stumbles, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ...

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Japan to invest US$19 billion in green technologies over next decade: Suga

Japan to invest US$19 billion in green technologies over next decade: Suga
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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Friday said that Japan would set up a ...

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Xinjiang: US moves swiftly to enforce ban on cotton products linked to forced labour

Xinjiang: US moves swiftly to enforce ban on  cotton products linked to forced labour
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US customs authorities are baring their teeth over a sweeping new ban on cotton ...

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Beijing slams ‘criminal-shielding' Danish politicians for supporting former Hong Kong lawmaker's exile bid

Beijing slams ‘criminal-shielding' Danish politicians for supporting former Hong Kong lawmaker's exile bid
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Beijing has accused Danish politicians of harbouring criminals and meddling in China's domestic affairs ...

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Is Indonesia becoming too reliant on Huawei?

Is Indonesia becoming too reliant on Huawei?
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China's telecommunication equipment giant Huawei has solidified its standing in Indonesia, raising concerns that ...

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Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding

Hong Kong lawmakers kick-start plan for metropolis on artificial islands by approving Lantau Tomorrow Vision feasibility studies funding
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Hong Kong's legislature has approved a HK$550 million (US$71 million) funding request to conduct ...

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Singapore LGBTQ activist launches new bid to end gay sex ban

Singapore LGBTQ activist launches new bid to end gay sex ban
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A retired doctor has filed a fresh legal challenge to force the Singapore government ...

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China's closer ties with Hong Kong's bond market to create ‘enormous opportunities' for city

China's closer ties with Hong Kong's bond market to create ‘enormous opportunities' for city
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Discussions have begun to allow Chinese investors to trade bonds in Hong Kong, a ...

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Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using false data in bungled attempts to open virtual bank accounts detained following citywide raids

Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using false data in bungled attempts to open virtual bank accounts detained following citywide raids
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Thirteen Hongkongers accused of using bogus identification information in their bungled attempts to open ...

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China's president turns on charm with global business leaders, vowing ‘opportunities' as nation opens its doors wider

China's president turns on charm with global business leaders, vowing ‘opportunities' as nation opens its doors wider
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Chinese President Xi Jinping has undertaken a new charm offensive aimed at global business ...

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Here's why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza

Here's why Vietnam needs to embrace #MeToo – right now, the fine for groping a woman is about the cost of a pizza
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In Vietnam, a man caught groping a woman's bottom would be slapped with a ...

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National security law has restored order in Hong Kong, but ‘mechanisms' to guide compliance still needed, says Beijing's top man in city

National security law has restored order in Hong Kong, but ‘mechanisms' to guide compliance still needed, says Beijing's top man in city
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Hong Kong is moving from a period of chaos to order with the new ...

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China-US relations: Beijing could ‘reopen consulate, let journalists back in'

China-US relations: Beijing could ‘reopen consulate, let journalists back in'
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China could consider reopening a consulate and allowing American journalists back to the country ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 17:30:10 +0800

China ‘accepts' Joe Biden will not rush to remove Donald Trump's US trade war tariffs, analysts say

China ‘accepts' Joe Biden will not rush to remove Donald Trump's US trade war tariffs, analysts say
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US President-elect Joe Biden's decision to keep the Trump administration's tariffs on Chinese goods ...

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Indonesia's coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse as doctor dies after 24-hour search for ventilator

Indonesia's coronavirus crisis goes from bad to worse as doctor dies after 24-hour search for ventilator
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Dr Sardjono Utomo, a senior Indonesian doctor, admitted himself to his local hospital in ...

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Hong Kong is facing a not-so-happy New Year, with annual fireworks display, parade both cancelled

Hong Kong is facing a not-so-happy New Year, with annual fireworks display, parade both cancelled
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Hong Kong is bracing for a bleak New Year, with the annual countdown fireworks ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:10:50 +0800

Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for use this year'

Coronavirus: China to have 600 million doses of vaccines ‘ready for use this year'
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China will have 600 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines ready for use this year ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:09:14 +0800

Hong Kong police officer who watched as colleagues assaulted prisoner in hospital found guilty of misconduct

Hong Kong police officer who watched as colleagues assaulted prisoner in hospital found guilty of misconduct
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A Hong Kong police officer who stood by as two uniformed colleagues assaulted a ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 16:02:57 +0800

China's Xi Jinping declares victory on poverty alleviation, but warns of ‘unbalanced' development

China's Xi Jinping declares victory on poverty alleviation, but warns of ‘unbalanced' development
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Xi Jinping has declared victory in China's fight against poverty, claiming nearly 100 million ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:30:08 +0800

Coronavirus vaccine: from Australia to Malaysia, here's where Asia stands on the Pfizer shot

Coronavirus vaccine: from Australia to Malaysia, here's where Asia stands on the Pfizer shot
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The quick approval of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine in the UK isn't likely to accelerate ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:27:12 +0800

Senior Chinese diplomat blames Australian media for negative spin on Beijing's grievances

Senior Chinese diplomat blames Australian media for negative spin on Beijing's grievances
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China's No 2 diplomat in Australia has suggested a list of grievances at the ...

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Hong Kong protests: new security camera footage shows moment student fell to his death from car park

Hong Kong protests: new security camera footage shows moment  student fell to his death from car park
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Security camera footage showing the moment a university student fell to his death inside ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 14:29:42 +0800

Donald Trump won't rule out firing Attorney General Barr, who contradicted president's voter fraud claims

Donald Trump won't rule out firing Attorney General Barr, who contradicted president's voter fraud claims
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It might be time for US Attorney General William Barr to start packing his ...

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New Zealand businesswoman Elizabeth Zhong killed at home before being put in car boot, police say

New Zealand businesswoman Elizabeth Zhong killed at home before being put in car boot, police say
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A 55-year-old businesswoman was killed in her East Auckland house before being put in ...

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Michael Flynn shared message asking Donald Trump to suspend Constitution, impose ‘martial law'

Michael Flynn shared message asking Donald Trump to suspend Constitution, impose ‘martial law'
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Former national security adviser Michael Flynn shared an ad this week calling on US ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:54:54 +0800

Hong Kong fourth wave: unions raise concerns over mandatory testing for care home staff, as city faces 112 new cases of Covid-19

Hong Kong fourth wave: unions raise concerns over mandatory testing for care home staff, as city faces 112 new cases of Covid-19
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Unions have raised concerns about the government's order that all care home employees be ...

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Japan prosecutors seek summary indictment of ex-PM Abe aides in political funding scandal

Japan prosecutors seek summary indictment of ex-PM Abe aides in political funding scandal
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Tokyo prosecutors are considering a summary indictment of two officials in former Japanese prime ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 12:10:20 +0800

Hollywood ‘Con Queen', Indonesian man Hargobind Tahilraman, arrested in Britain

Hollywood ‘Con Queen', Indonesian man Hargobind Tahilraman, arrested in Britain
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A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle wide-eyed ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 11:16:08 +0800

US needs a hi-tech revolution to combat China, says General Mark Milley

US needs a hi-tech revolution to combat China, says General Mark Milley
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The US military will need to fully embrace robotics and artificial intelligence if it ...

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Coronavirus: South Korea mulls tighter curbs as cases soar to nine-month high

Coronavirus: South Korea mulls tighter curbs as cases soar to nine-month high
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South Korea said it is considering tightening its social distancing rules as it reported ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 10:43:58 +0800

How Carrie Lam's policy address offers Hong Kong's youth real hope

How Carrie Lam's policy address offers Hong Kong's youth real hope
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In her policy address, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor announced the ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:45:09 +0800

Brazilian soy farmers try Huawei's 5G technology as decision on Chinese telecoms giant looms

Brazilian soy farmers try Huawei's 5G technology as decision on Chinese telecoms giant looms
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The Brazilian farm state of Goias rolled out a pilot project on Thursday to ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:29:54 +0800

Hong Kong Covid-19 app may get more user-friendly features, official says, allaying concerns over residents' privacy

Hong Kong Covid-19 app may get more user-friendly features, official says, allaying concerns over residents' privacy
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More user-friendly features could be added to Hong Kong's Covid-19 risk exposure app from ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 09:00:19 +0800

US in talks with Huawei's Meng Wanzhou on resolving charges, source says

US in talks with Huawei's Meng Wanzhou on resolving charges, source says
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The US Justice Department is discussing a deal with lawyers for Huawei's finance chief, ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 08:46:32 +0800

Indian educator wins US$1 million Global Teacher Prize for transforming girls' lives

Indian educator wins US$1 million Global Teacher Prize for transforming girls' lives
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This year's Global Teacher Prize has been awarded to Ranjitsinh Disale for his work ...

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Unions in the dark: suddenness of Cathay's staff cuts sparks calls for collective bargaining law to protect Hong Kong workers

Unions in the dark: suddenness of Cathay's staff cuts sparks calls for collective bargaining law to protect Hong Kong workers
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Veteran flight attendant Julian Yau Chi-hung did not get the chance to say goodbye ...

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Architect of liberal studies in Hong Kong defends government plan to overhaul subject

Architect of liberal studies in Hong Kong defends government plan to overhaul subject
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A former top education official who helped add liberal studies to Hong Kong's curriculum ...

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Coronavirus boosts demand for Brazil robot that feeds pigs while playing classical music

Coronavirus boosts demand for Brazil robot that feeds pigs while playing classical music
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Orders for a Brazilian pig-feeding robot, which plays classical music while dispensing meals, soared ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:03:13 +0800

China planning coastal base that will allow it to launch rockets from sea

China planning coastal base that will allow it to launch rockets from sea
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China is building a facility on its east coast that will allow it to ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:00:26 +0800

As South Korea's economy rebounds, small businesses struggle with tighter coronavirus curbs

As South Korea's economy rebounds, small businesses struggle with tighter coronavirus curbs
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When Park Sang-jun heard that his country's economy was continuing its rebound from a ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 07:00:23 +0800

Trump administration adds China's SMIC and CNOOC to blacklist

Trump administration adds China's SMIC and CNOOC to blacklist
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The Trump administration on Thursday added China's top chip maker SMIC and oil giant ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:16:06 +0800

Tiger ‘nearly tears off' woman's arm at Tiger King star Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue sanctuary

Tiger ‘nearly tears off' woman's arm at Tiger King star Carole Baskin's Big Cat Rescue sanctuary
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A woman volunteer who regularly feeds big cats was bitten and seriously injured by ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:47:46 +0800

US intelligence head says China is America's ‘greatest threat' in rare public warning

US intelligence head says China is America's ‘greatest threat' in rare public warning
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The head of Washington's intelligence community on Thursday called China America's “greatest threat”, a ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 05:42:24 +0800

China-Australia relations: import ban sees Australian lobster disappear from Beijing markets, restaurants

China-Australia relations: import ban sees Australian lobster disappear from Beijing markets, restaurants
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In Beijing's bustling Sanyuanli market, a few Australian rock lobsters swim in tanks as ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 04:30:13 +0800

Joe Biden to tap Jeff Zients for coronavirus tsar as US daily deaths top 3,000

Joe Biden to tap Jeff Zients for coronavirus tsar as US daily deaths top 3,000
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When technical problems marred the ballyhooed launch of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 03:23:57 +0800

Flurry of Donald Trump pardons expected before White House exit

Flurry of Donald Trump pardons expected before White House exit
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Advocates and lawyers anticipate a flurry of clemency action from President Donald Trump in ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 02:26:16 +0800

Four killed in blast at British waste water plant

Four killed in blast at British waste water plant
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Four people have died following an explosion at a waste water treatment plant near ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 01:55:28 +0800

Coronavirus: WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates' for travel

Coronavirus: WHO looks at possible ‘e-vaccination certificates' for travel
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The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend countries issuing “immunity passports” for those ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:54:21 +0800

China's Chang'e 5 spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with moon rocks

China's Chang'e 5 spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with moon rocks
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The ascender of China's Chang'e 5 spacecraft took off from the surface of the ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:27:31 +0800

UN chief warns coronavirus aftershocks will be felt for decades, even with vaccines

UN chief warns coronavirus aftershocks will be felt for decades, even with vaccines
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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that the world could be fighting ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:17 +0800

China-Russia space cooperation: another small step in Beijing's pursuit of US?

China-Russia space cooperation: another small step in Beijing's pursuit of US?
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Beijing and Moscow have announced an expansion of their cooperation in space exploration and ...

  • Fri, 04 Dec 2020 00:00:14 +0800