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Thailand bets on private medical marijuana to lift economy

The Cabinet amended the Narcotics Act on Aug 4, pending Parliament’s approval
BANGKOK • Thailand’s ailing economy, particularly its tourism and ...

Yi: PBoC policy more flexible, appropriate and targeted

BEIJING • Chinese monetary policy will be more flexible, appropriate and targeted, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) governor Yi Gang said in an interview with ...

Lawmaker: Philippines needs RM133b recovery plan

MANILA • The Philippines needs 1.56 trillion pesos (RM133.01 billion) to help it recover from a record economic contraction, according to a lawmaker.
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Hong Kong Media Tycoon Arrested in Latest Blow to Democracy Camp

by BLOOMBERG
Hong Kong police arrested media tycoon and prominent democracy activist Jimmy Lai under a national security law passed in late June, and ...

Bill Gates Says U.S. Virus Testing Has ‘Mind-Blowing’ Problems

by BLOOMBERG
Microsoft Corp. founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates said it’s “mind-blowing” that the U.S. government hasn’t improved ...

Hong Kong to Offer Free Virus Tests to Entire City, Lam Says

by BLOOMBERG
Hong Kong will offer free virus tests to all residents, the city’s leader said on Friday, a move that reflects the powerful boost that ...

How the pandemic might be hurting your eyes

The combination of 30m Americans out of work and tens of millions more working from home exploded the number of hours people have been glued to a ...

A shattered Beirut leaves Lebanese asking if they have a future

The explosion couldn’t have come at a worse time for Lebanon, which is enduring its deepest political and financial crisis
BEIRUT • Even before the ...

Lebanon gives investigating committee 4 days to find culprits

PARIS • The government of Lebanon has given an “investigative committee” four days to determine responsibility for the devastating explosion in Beirut port ...

Brazil facing 200,000 coronavirus deaths by October, says expert

Alves accuses Bolsonaro’s govt of ‘sacrificing the Brazilian people’ in the name of keeping the economy afloat
RIO DE JANEIRO • With Brazil poised to ...

Nearly half of inmates at Arizona prison test positive for Covid-19

LOS ANGELES • More than 500 inmates — nearly half the population — of a prison in the US state of Arizona have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, ...

Canadian pastor jailed for defying virus ban

YANGON • A Canadian preacher who claimed Christians were safe from coronavirus was yesterday jailed for three months in Myanmar after he and dozens of his ...