Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home

BANGKOK – Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now. Leaders of the sport hailed the return to the ring after the shutdown, which left hundreds of boxers and referees without work, and said they hoped spectators would be allowed to attend matches again soon. “I’m very happy…

"Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home"

India’s clinical research body defends timeline for coronavirus vaccine trials

MUMBAI – India’s leading clinical research agency said Saturday its decision to fast-track development of a potential coronavirus vaccine was in line with international standards, after health experts raised concerns about the schedule for clinical trials. The Indian Council of Medical Research issued a statement after a letter was leaked on Friday showing ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava as saying the agency “envisaged” launch of the vaccine for public health use by Aug. 15, with…

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Fans gather for final showings at Thailand’s much-loved La Scala theatre

BANGKOK – Donning masks and observing social-distancing practices, movie and theatre fans on Saturday bid a final farewell to Thailand’s La Scala theatre in Bangkok, which is set to close its doors in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The 50-year-old theatre, built in the late modernism architectural style with an Art-Deco interior, has been struggling for the last decade to stay profitable amid competition from new media and increases in its land lease costs.…

"Fans gather for final showings at Thailand’s much-loved La Scala theatre"

China rebukes Canada over criticism of Hong Kong security law

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – China fired back at Canada on Saturday for criticising Beijing’s national security law for Hong Kong, the second rebuke in a week that has added to strains on their bilateral ties. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday that Canada was suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong due to the law and Canada’s foreign minister called the legislation “a significant step back” for liberty. China’s embassy in Ottawa said in a…

"China rebukes Canada over criticism of Hong Kong security law"

Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit: TASS

MOSCOW – Russia is not in talks with Washington about its potential role at an expanded Group of Seven summit later this year, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Saturday, insisting that China should also be included in the event. His comments to TASS news agency countered those of John Sullivan, U.S. ambassador to Russia, who told RBC TV on Friday that Washington was “engaged with the Russian Foreign Ministry and with the other…

"Russia says China would be needed in expanded G7 summit: TASS"

Japan evacuates thousands as rains lash southern Kyushu

TOKYO – Japan asked thousands of people to evacuate their homes on its southern island of Kyushu, media said on Saturday, following unprecedented torrential rains in which 15 people are feared dead and nine missing. With the region facing the risk of further floods and landslides, authorities told 92,200 households in the prefectures of Kumamoto and Kagoshima to vacate their homes, the Kyodo news agency said. “The heavy rainfall is likely to continue until Sunday,…

"Japan evacuates thousands as rains lash southern Kyushu"

Marshall Wace targets $1 billion for new ESG focused fund

– Marshall Wace is planning to raise $1 billion for a new fund which will invest based on environmental and other ethical criteria, a source familiar with the matter told . The hedge fund, co-founded by British financier Paul Marshall, will rely on external analysts who focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, the source said on Saturday. The fund will bet against stocks with poor ratings and will buy stocks with strong ESG…

"Marshall Wace targets $1 billion for new ESG focused fund"

Wirecard ex-COO Marsalek’s entry into Philippines was faked, minister says

MANILA – Immigration records showing Wirecard’s former chief operating officer Jan Marsalek arrived in the Philippines on June 23 and departed for China the next day were falsified, Philippines Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said on Saturday. Guevarra said the immigration officers who inputted the fictitious entries have been relieved of their duties and face administrative sanctions. “The investigation has now turned to persons who made the false entries in the database, their motives and their…

"Wirecard ex-COO Marsalek’s entry into Philippines was faked, minister says"

Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since March

SYDNEY – Australia’s second most-populous state, Victoria, reported its biggest jump in coronavirus cases since late March on Saturday, forcing the expansion of stay-at-home orders to more Melbourne suburbs and the complete lockdown of nine public housing towers. The southeastern state recorded 108 new cases on Saturday, up from 66 on Friday and more than 70 new cases in each of the previous four days. “These numbers are a very real concern to all of…

"Australia’s Victoria reports 108 new coronavirus cases, biggest jump since March"

India coronavirus cases hit record high amid monsoon rains

MUMBAI – India recorded its highest singe-day spike of coronavirus cases on Saturday, with over 22,000 new cases and 442 deaths, as infections rose in the western and southern parts of the country amid heavy monsoon rains. The western state of Maharashtra, home to the densely packed financial capital Mumbai, has the country’s highest total, recording 6,364 fresh cases of the virus on Saturday and 198 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.…

"India coronavirus cases hit record high amid monsoon rains"