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Queen Elizabeth II spent night in hospital: Buckingham Palace

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital after being advised to rest and cancel a visit to Northern...

Australia sets $1 million reward for missing four-year-old

SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Australian authorities on Thursday offered Aus$1 million (US$750,000) for information leading to the discovery of a missing four-year-old girl feared...

Flights cancelled, schools closed as China fights virus outbreak

BEIJING, China (AFP) — Authorities in China cancelled hundreds of flights, closed schools and ramped up mass testing on Thursday to try and stamp...

Melbourne eases months-long Covid lockdown restrictions

MELBOURNE, Australia (AFP) — One of the world’s most locked-down cities will reopen late Thursday, with Melbourne residents hoping this sixth bout of stay-at-home...

Third dose of Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine 95.6% effective

FRANKFURT, Germany (AFP) — A third dose of the vaccine against Covid-19 developed by Pfizer/BioNTech is 95.6 percent effective against symptomatic infection, according to...

Tokyo to ditch nightlife curbs as virus cases plunge

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Tokyo will lift curbs on bar and restaurant opening hours as virus cases in the Japanese capital hit their lowest...

Four killed in northern China gas explosion

BEIJING, China (AFP) — A gas explosion at a restaurant ripped through a busy street in a major Chinese city on Thursday, killing at...

Powerful storm in France cuts electricity to 250,000 homes

PARIS, France (AFP) — More than 250,000 homes in France were without electricity on Thursday after gale-force winds swept the north of the country...

South Korea rocket launch fails to put payload in orbit: Moon

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — South Korea’s first domestically-developed space rocket failed to put its dummy payload into orbit after its maiden launch on...

India administers its one billionth Covid jab

  by Aishwarya KUMAR Agence France Presse NEW DELHI, India (AFP) — India administered its billionth Covid-19 vaccine dose on Thursday, half a year...

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