- Beijing, Washington sign joint climate declaration
China and the United States have signed a joint declaration to address the global climate crisis over the coming decade, marking one of the most significant breakthroughs yet to come out of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 26, in Glasgow, Scotland.
- Bangladesh approves Chinese-funded highway project in capital Dhaka
Bangladesh's government has approved a Chinese-funded highway project in capital Dhaka.
- China-aided hospital handed over to Laos after 1st phase completed
The handover ceremony of the first phase of the China-aided Mahosot General Hospital Project was held here on Thursday.
- Pace of Europe's economic recovery hit by high energy costs
The European Commission on Thursday revised downwards its outlook for next year, warning that staggering energy prices would impact utility bills and affect people's spending power and investment.
- EU to step up response in Belarus row
The European Union is close to imposing new sanctions against about 30 Belarusian individuals and entities, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Wednesday.
- Rising price of food in US hurts food banks
This will be the most expensive Thanksgiving in America in years because of high food prices, which also are hurting many of the nation's food banks on which tens of millions of people in the US rely.
- Federal judge overturns Texas' ban on masks at schools
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the state is "considering all legal avenues to challenge" a federal judge's decision that allows local school officials to again create their own mask rules. The ruling impacts more than 5 million Texas schoolchildren.
- COP26 stokes optimism, but action must follow
It has become clear at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties, or COP 26, in Glasgow, Scotland, that the climate challenge is perceived as global.
- New Zealand PM calls for strong, equitable, sustainable post-pandemic recovery
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday called on political and business leaders to work together to build a strong, equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sunny outlook for solar power in Indonesia
The future appears bright for Indonesia's solar energy sector as Southeast Asia's biggest economy aims to raise its renewable energy capacity to meet its climate commitments, experts said.
- Neighbors' role vital for helping Afghans
A visit this week by Afghanistan's acting foreign minister to Pakistan－the first country to host a delegation from the Taliban authorities－underscores the importance of the war-torn nation's neighbors, including China, in efforts to help the Afghan people.
- Legal challenges overshadow Washington's vaccine mandate implementation
A US federal appeals court over the weekend temporarily blocked the White House's vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees, raising concerns over whether more challenges could pop up.
- Philippines receives more Sinovac vaccines from China
The Philippines on Wednesday received an additional batch of Sinovac CoronaVac vaccines purchased from the Chinese vaccine maker.
- Japan's Kishida re-elected PM in special Diet session
Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) President Fumio Kishida was re-elected as prime minister in a special parliament session on Wednesday after the LDP secured majority of votes in the House of Representatives election on Oct. 31.
- Development key focus for BRICS group
Countries in the BRICS group need to work together to improve people's well-being and promote the common development and prosperity of all countries, experts said at a forum.
- Japan opens to students, business travelers
Japan relaxed its entry restrictions on Monday for businesspeople, students and technical trainees, but continues to keep tourists out as the country eyes a 30 trillion yen ($265 billion) stimulus package to ease the economic pain from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Seoul's goal not green enough for some
South Korea is calling its target for cutting emissions the "most ambitious" it can pursue under the current circumstances, but environmental experts aren't satisfied.
- New book depicts how social disparity leads to food inequality in US
A new book is detailing the challenges US mothers face in providing healthy, nourishing and enjoyable food for their children and families, reported the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday.
- Biden meets with CEOs to address bottlenecks at ports
President Joe Biden met Tuesday with the CEOs of major US retailers and delivery companies to discuss alleviating current supply chain bottlenecks and speeding up deliveries.
- Supreme Court may holster NY gun law
Over the years, people with handgun "carry permits" in New York City were perceived to be celebrities, those carrying large sums of money, retired law enforcement, even those with political connections, as the licenses from the NYPD are extremely difficult to come by.
- France to restart building nuclear reactors
French President Emmanuel Macron announced Tuesday evening that France will relaunch the construction of nuclear reactors to "guarantee France's energy independence."
- Turkey plans to construct 2 more nuclear power plants: president
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said his country will build two more nuclear power plants after the construction of Akkuyu power plant.
- Chinese FM to chair first China-Pacific Island countries foreign ministers' meeting
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Wednesday announced that the first China-Pacific Island Countries Foreign Ministers' Meeting will be held on Thursday via video link.
- At UN, China finds support for sovereignty
China's ambassador to the United Nations on Thursday bluntly told the United States, France and a few other Western countries that they are "in no position to make choices for the Chinese people, let alone lecture China", while more than 80 countries expressed their support for China's sovereignty.
- Chinese, Japanese share belief on importance of ties
Public sentiment of Chinese and Japanese people toward Beijing-Tokyo relations remains generally stable compared with last year, with the public seeing bilateral ties as critical to regional peace and development, according to an annual survey released on Wednesday.
- PCR test confirms Latvian president's COVID-19 diagnosis
Latvian President Egils Levits has contracted COVID-19, his office said Thursday after a PCR test confirmed the positive result of an earlier rapid test.
- UK govt urged to act fast to avoid winter COVID-19 crisis
Senior figures in the National Health Service have warned that some COVID-19 restrictions need to be reintroduced as a matter of urgency or England risks "stumbling into a winter crisis".
- British Queen cancels trip to spend night in hospital: Buckingham Palace
British Queen Elizabeth II spent a night in hospital Wednesday, said Buckingham Palace Thursday.
- Market 'massacre' looms for UK energy
The United Kingdom's energy price cap must be abolished, or many more suppliers will go out of business, the leader of one of Britain's biggest power suppliers said on Thursday.
- Brexit opinions remain entrenched, survey shows
Five years after the referendum in which United Kingdom voters chose by a narrow margin to take their nation out of the European Union, the vast majority of people on both sides of the issue would make the same choice again today, according to the latest British Social Attitudes Survey.