Saturday, September 18, 2021


France recalls ambassadors to Australia, US in escalating row

The French ambassador recalls from the US and Australia – key allies of France – are unprecedented.

Singapore primary schools to shift online as virus cases rise

Primary One to Five students will move to home-based learning from Sept 27 to Oct 6 while Primary Six students will go on a study break from Sept 25 before sitting for the exam.

Singapore’s daily caseload edges up to 935, highest since April last year

This is a jump from the 910 infections reported the day before.

Vaccine nasal sprays aim to ‘shut the door’ on virus

Stimulating immunity directly in the nose lowers the risk of infecting other people, researchers say.

Moderna Covid vaccine edges Pfizer in new US research

The Moderna vaccine elicited higher levels of antibodies compared to Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson for a key part of the virus' spike protein, which it uses to invade cells.

US panel recommends Covid boosters for people 65 and above

However it rejects an initial proposal to fully approve boosters to everyone aged 16 and over.

Indonesia may reopen to tourists from some countries in October, says minister

He says a decision will be made 'cautiously', first considering countries where the Covid-19 situation is less severe.

Regional powers at summit demand US fund Afghan aid

They say it is the responsibility of the West in general and the US in particular to help avert a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan.

Singapore plans to improve worker dormitories after virus outbreak

The new standards include capping occupancy, en-suite toilets, better ventilation and the segmentation of communal facilities, with more spacious rooms and in-room WiFi coverage.

Indonesia warns against arms race after Aussie nuclear sub pact

Indonesia has called on Australia to maintain its commitment to regional peace and stability, and reiterated its respect for international law.

Chinese astronauts return to Earth after 90-day mission

This was the country's longest-ever crewed mission and the latest landmark in Beijing's drive to become a major space power.

Indonesian environment ministry to appeal air pollution verdict

Rapid urbanisation and chronic congestion in Jakarta, plus nearby coal-fired power plants, have contributed to the poor air quality, according to the Center on Energy and Clean Air.

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