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Thailand to begin Covid-19 vaccine human trials in September

Thai vaccine trials will be among the first done outside high-income countries.

Earthquake rattles Chinese city hit by massive 1976 disaster

Seismological authorities put the magnitude at 5.1 and say it struck at a depth of 10km.

Aussie’s Victoria state marks week of triple-digit Covid-19 cases

Rise partly reflects increased testing, with the state conducting over 30,000 tests daily.

US registers new daily Covid-19 case record of 66,528

The country has now seen daily new infections top 60,000 in 4 of the past 5 days.

China’s CanSino in talks for Covid-19 vaccine Phase III trial overseas

China's success in driving down virus infections has made it harder to conduct vaccine trials.

Trump’s move to free ally is ‘historic corruption’, says Republican senator

Roger Stone was set to begin serving time in prison after his conviction on 7 felony charges.

On fifth attempt, UN Security Council renews cross-border aid to Syria

UN describes humanitarian assistance delivered from Turkey as a 'lifeline' for Syrians.

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan hospitalised with Covid-19

His actor son Abhishek has also tested positive for the virus.

As virus rages in US, Trump finally wears a mask

President's aides reportedly begged him to wear a mask in public and be photographed.

Mandatory masks, Mickey at a distance as Walt Disney World reopens

Disney fans are eager to enter the theme park despite Florida's high infection rates.

Making Hagia Sophia a mosque is Turkey’s right, retorts Erdogan

He has announced that Muslim prayers would begin on July 24 at the Unesco World Heritage site.

Be careful in China, US warns its citizens

Americans risk detention and an exit ban due to deteriorating relations between the countries.

5 killed, hundreds held hostage at South African church

Police say they were alerted to ‘shooting’ at the International Pentecost Holiness Church.

Ex-French agents jailed for spying for China

Two were jailed eight and 12 years respectively while a third person received a four-year sentence.

Ban weddings, wakes to halt virus spread, says Iran president

The country has recently reported a sharp rise in the infection rate.

Desperate India turns famed cricket stadium into quarantine centre

The facility will be used for police personnel infected by Covid-19.

Hard-hit California to release another 8,000 prisoners over virus fears

They will join 10,000 inmates already freed in similar initiatives since the start of the crisis.

UK PM to tell employers to order staff back to workplaces

Boris Johnson has urged top civil servants to set an example.

French bus driver beaten for asking passengers to mask up dies

Two men have been charged with attempted murder over the attack.

Turkey turning Hagia Sophia into mosque disappoints US

The monument was first constructed as a cathedral in the Christian Byzantine Empire.

Tiger, pangolin farming in Myanmar risks ‘boosting demand’

Conservationists fear commercial farming might undermine Myanmar's efforts to end illegal wildlife trade.

Floods, landslides kill 23 in Nepal, dozens missing

Toll is expected to increase as rescuers have just reached the area to look for victims.

Australia’s Victoria records another day of high Covid-19 infections

Authorities have previously attributed most new cases to people returning from overseas.

US sets record for new Covid-19 cases third day in a...

Over 133,000 Americans have died, a toll that experts warn will likely surge further.