NEWS

Heavily Vaccinated Sri Lanka Reopens to Ease Economic Shortfall
Sri Lanka lifted its COVID-19 lockdown on Oct. 1 even as, according to officials and traders, more than 800 containers carrying essential items were held up in the country's main port due to a lack...
Beijing: Heavy Rains Thwart Plan to Produce More Coal for Resolving Power Crisis
China is reeling under a significant power crisis. There is a shortage of coal to produce electricity. Many regions have been instructed to ration power in a bid to manage the issue; a move expected...
18 Former NBA Players Charged with Defrauding Health and Welfare Benefit Plan
On Thursday, Oct. 7, Federal prosecutors announced that 18 former National Basketball Association (NBA) players, including Ronald Glen “Big Baby” Davis, have been accused of swindling the league's health and benefits plan of nearly US$4...
Twitter Continues to Ban Trump But Allows Accounts Created by Dictators and Terrorist Organizations to Operate
Leopoldo López, one of the opposition leaders in Venezuela, recently expressed his surprise that Donald Trump has been removed from Twitter even when Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is still allowed access. He added that other...
French Senate to Vote on Mandatory Vaccination for all Citizens Aged 24 to 59
The French Senate is set to vote on a bill that would make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for large swaths of its population. Life hasn’t been easy for the non-vaccinated in France since the out roll...
US Submarine Collides With Unknown Object in South China Sea
On Oct. 2, the USS Connecticut struck a mysterious object while submerged in the South China Sea. It was operating in international waters in the Indo-Pacific when the collision took place. 11 crew members were...
US Forces Secretly Training Taiwan Military as Threat From Beijing Grows
Approximately two dozen members of U.S. special-operations and support troops are engaged in training Taiwan’s military forces, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).  In addition, local maritime forces are working with...
Beijing, Taking Over Taiwan, Would Lead to ‘Catastrophic’ Consequences Warns Taiwanese President
On Oct. 5, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen wrote in an essay for Foreign Affairs that Taipei, falling into the hands of Beijing, would bring about "catastrophic" consequences for peace in Asia. The President vowed that...
A contact tracing QR code is seen at the entrance of a restaurant in Sydney on July 13, 2021. Rashays, a 27-location chain based in Sydney, says it will not reopen its doors when the New South Wales government relaxes restrictions on Oct. 1. Instead, Rashays will wait until Dec. 1 when vaccine passports are scheduled to be scrapped entirely. Co-founder Rami Ykmour said his company expects to lose $10 million during the delay, but feels the sacrifice is worth it for their business values.
Australian Restaurant Chain Expects to Lose $10 Million to Postpone Reopening Until ‘It’s a One-tier Society’
A 27-location restaurant chain in Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state will remain closed after the government relaxes Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) measures on Oct. 11, waiting until the so-called “Freedom Day” where the government...