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"

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"

Mexico steps up border checks to keep coronavirus at bay over July 4 holiday

MEXICO CITY – Mexican officials will install health checkpoints at various entry points along its northern border this weekend, as both Mexican and U.S. officials fear a surge of crossings for the July 4 holiday could spread the coronavirus. Mexican consulates across the United States issued warnings last week on social media of the ramped-up measures scheduled for July 2 through July 5, and urged people to refrain from crossing for recreation or tourism. A…

"Mexico steps up border checks to keep coronavirus at bay over July 4 holiday"

Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises

– Iranians who do not wear masks will be denied state services and workplaces that fail to comply with health protocols will be shut for a week, President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday as he launched new measures to try to curb the coronavirus. Iran has been battling the spread of the coronavirus, with the total number of cases hitting 237,878 on Saturday and a further 148 deaths bringing the country’s toll to 11,408, Health…

"Iran imposes new curbs as coronavirus toll rises"

Suicide car bomber hits checkpoint at Somalia’s Mogadishu port

MOGADISHU – An explosion shook parts of the Somali capital of Mogadishu early on Saturday as a suicide car bomber drove into a checkpoint just outside the port, witnesses said, but police made no immediate comment on casualties. “Metal debris fell all over us inside the port and we heard gunfire,” said a port worker who sought anonymity for security reasons. “Security forces have surrounded the area.” The blast shoook the ground, said Mohammed Ali,…

"Suicide car bomber hits checkpoint at Somalia’s Mogadishu port"

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"

Badminton: China’s Lin Dan announces retirement

– China’s two-time Olympic badminton champion Lin Dan, one of the sport’s greatest singles players, announced his retirement on Saturday. The 37-year-old, who won the Olympics singles titles in Beijing in 2008 and the 2012 London Games, has won all the sport’s major titles, including five world championships’ gold medals. “I’ve dedicated everything to the sport I love. My family, coaches, team mates and fans have accompanied me through many happy times and difficult moments,”…

"Badminton: China’s Lin Dan announces retirement"

Brazil health regulator Anvisa allows Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trial

SAO PAULO – Brazilian health regulator Anvisa on Friday approved clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac, according to an official gazette publication. The study – first announced on June 11 – is led by Instituto Butantan, a research center funded by the state of Sao Paulo. The agreement with Sinovac includes not only trials but also the transference of technology to produce the potential vaccine locally. On June 29, Sao…

"Brazil health regulator Anvisa allows Chinese COVID-19 vaccine trial"

Aeromexico shares rise for second day despite missed debt payment

MEXICO CITY – Shares in airline Aeromexico closed up 4.48% on Friday, rising for a second straight day even as the company missed a debt payment after filing for bankruptcy protection. Aeromexico , part-owned by Delta Air Lines Inc , this week became the third airline in Latin America to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the business took a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic. Late on Thursday, bank CIBanco said Aeromexico had…

"Aeromexico shares rise for second day despite missed debt payment"

Mainland China reports three new coronavirus cases

SHANGHAI – China on Saturday reported three new coronavirus cases in the mainland for July 3, compared with five cases a day earlier, the health authority said. Two of the new infections were imported cases, the National Health Commission said in a statement, while the capital Beijing reported one new case. There were no new deaths. China also reported four new asymptomatic patients, the same as a day earlier. As of July 3, mainland China…

"Mainland China reports three new coronavirus cases"