Wednesday, October 20, 2021



Alibaba shares soar after Jack Ma reported on Europe trip

Ma has kept a low profile ever since mainland officials spiked what would have been a world record US$37 billion initial public for Alibaba's financial group Ant last November.

14 killed in rare Damascus army bus bombing

There was no immediate claim for the bombing but moments later shelling by government forces killed eight people in the Idlib region controlled by groups that have claimed such attack in the past.

Now, Israel reports subvariant of Delta strain

An 11-year-old boy arriving from Europe was the carrier, authorities say, adding that the case was identified at Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv.

41 dead as heavy rains batter northern India

The Indian Meteorological Department has extended and widened its weather alert, predicting 'heavy' to 'very heavy' rainfall in the region over the next day or so.

UK monitoring ‘subvariant’ of Delta strain

The government says it is keeping a close eye on the AY.4.2 variant but there is no evidence that it spreads more easily.

Moscow orders fresh virus restrictions as deaths soar

These are the first Covid-19 restrictions since the summer, as Russia registers a new record of 1,015 daily deaths.

North Korea says tested new ‘submarine-launched ballistic missile’

This comes as both Koreas build up their weapons capabilities in what could become an arms race on the peninsula, and with Washington-Pyongyang dialogue at a standstill.

NZ Covid cases hit record despite vaccination push

Health authorities announced 94 new virus cases, exceeding the previous daily record of 89 set in April last year during the first wave of Covid-19 infections.

Public support for prioritising Covid fight on the decline, survey shows

A survey of 6,000 people living in the US, Britain, France, Germany, Sweden and Japan shows the tide turning against Covid-related restrictions.

Russia closes Nato missions as ties plunge to new low

This comes after Nato expelled several members of Moscow's delegation to the alliance for alleged spying.

Indian couple sail to wedding in cooking pot amid floods

The couple borrowed the pot from a local temple and enlisted two men to push the makeshift boat.

First Black state secretary Colin Powell dies of Covid-19 complications

After the 1991 Gulf War he was so widely respected that he was even touted as a future president of the US, but ultimately he never ran for the White House.

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