Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 could be produced in Europe for the first time after a commercial deal to produce it in Italy was signed by the Moscow-based RDIF sovereign wealth fund and Swiss-based pharmaceutical company Adienne. The agreement, which will need approval from Italian regulators before production can be launched, has been confirmed by both RDIF and the Italian-Russian chamber of commerce. It is the latest evidence that some EU members are not willing to wait for the EU's own regulator -- the European Medicines Agency (EMA) -- to grant its approval to Sputnik V.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist Ted Hui has arrived in Australia where his family will settle after the Australian government provided an exemption to its closed border policy and assistance with flights, he said on Tuesday. A former Democratic party lawmaker, Hui left Hong Kong late last year after facing criminal charges over the 2019 pro-democracy protests. His arrival in Australia comes as 47 pro-democracy activists have been charged in Hong Kong with conspiracy to commit subversion under a new national security law, because they participated in an unofficial primary last July to select the strongest candidates for a legislative council election.
GEORGE TOWN, March 9 — Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi has assured paddy farmers that the National Farmers Organisation (Nafas) will be distributing...
Hong Kong customs officers arrested a pair of suspected drug traffickers and seized HK$32 million (US$4.1 million) of crystal meth hidden inside child car seats on Sunday, concluding a 17-day, round-the-clock operation that employed more than 150 officers. The consignment of 51 seats – 32 of which contained drugs – had been shipped into the city from Cambodia on February 11, raising suspicions as the European brand was not one typically sourced from the Southeast Asian country. An X-ray examination was then carried out in a container yard in Yuen Long on February 18. After finding suspicious images, officers opened the boxes for further examination.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. “During the inspection, officers found 51.5kg of Ice concealed in 32 out of the 51 baby car seats. The haul has an estimated street value of HK$32 million,” assistant superintendent Fong Heung-wing of customs’ drug investigation bureau said. More than 150 officers were then deployed to place the consignment under constant surveillance, waiting to see who picked it up. In a bid to avoid detection, the transnational drug trafficking syndicate deployed nine trucks to transport the car seats to different locations across the city, according to Fong. Customs seizes HK$126 million of cocaine hidden in grape shipment from Peru “It was first delivered to Tsuen Wan, then transported to an outdoor car park in the Ma Liu Shui area of Tai Po, where the cargo was divided into three batches and stored in three shipping containers,” he said. He said the containers were then delivered to locations in Sha Tin, Tsuen Wan and San Tin before being grouped once more in a container yard in Tsing Yi, where they sat for the next two weeks. On Sunday,a 22-year-old man picked up one of the containers and took it to an industrial building in Kwun Tong. Customs officers moved in and arrested him as he tried to take the box into one of the building’s flats. A total 51.5kg of suspected crystal meth was found concealed in 32 baby car seats in the three containers. Hong Kong seizes record HK$2.2 billion worth of narcotics in 2020 In a follow-up operation on the same day, officers raided a Chai Wan flat and picked up a 33-year-old man who was sole director of the newly established company to which the cargo was consigned. Both men were arrested on suspicion of trafficking in a dangerous drug – an offence that carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment. Describing the 17-day surveillance operation as “a game of wit and strength” with the drug-trafficking syndicate, Fong lauded his officers’ hard work, adding he believed the narcotics had been intended for local consumption. Investigations were ongoing and further arrests possible, he added. As of midday on Tuesday, the pair were still being held for questioning but had not been charged. In 2020, local authorities seized 1,499kg of crystal meth, up 819 per cent from 163kg in 2019.This article Round-the-clock surveillance by Hong Kong customs pays off in HK$32 million crystal meth seizure, two arrests first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2021.
There are some things you just don’t do on British television, and slamming the Royal Family tops the list. But in the course of two momentous hours, an unwritten, invisible code of conduct that quietly permeates most Royal-centric programming in the U.K. came crashing down. “Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A Primetime Special” aired on […]
Video showed Sister Ann Rose Nu Tawng in a white robe and black habit kneeling on a street in the town of Myitkyina on Monday, speaking to two policemen who were also kneeling. Tawng and one of the policemen then touched their foreheads to the ground. At least two protesters were killed by gunshots to the head and three others were injured in the town on Monday, witnesses said.
The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) said on Tuesday it has cancelled the Artistic All-Around World Cup in Tokyo, which was also to be a test event for the Olympics this summer, due to difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic. "For this reason, the decision has been taken to cancel the World Cup in Japan, especially given the current travel restrictions and difficulties worldwide as well as the measures taken by the Japanese authorities to limit the rate of coronavirus infections in the country ahead of the Olympic Games," the federation said. In a separate statement, Tokyo 2020 organisers said they would hold an operational test event on May 4 with a national gymnastics event, adding that there was no change to the May 8 rhythmic gymnastics test event.
KUALA LUMPUR, Mar 9 — Prasarana Malaysia has named Norlia Noah as acting president and group chief executive officer (CEO), replacing Muhammad Nizam Alias who was suspended previously. According to...
ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall has revealed that she completely believes Meghan Markle’s statements about mental health, which is at odds with ITV presenter Piers Morgan’s views on the matter. Outspoken presenter Morgan, co-host of ITV’s breakfast program “Good Morning Britain,” suggested that he did not believe Markle’s statements during the Monday edition of the […]
The National Women's Hall of Fame named the members of its Class of 2021 set to be inducted on Oct. 2 on Monday. Others in the list include author Octavia Butler, who died in 2006, Rebecca Halstead, who had a near three-decade career in the military, poet Joy Harjo, artist Judy Chicago and activist Emily Howland, who died in 1929 and had taught formerly enslaved people how to read and write in refugee settlements where she worked during the American Civil War.
Australian health minister Greg Hunt is expected to make a full recovery after being admitted to hospital with a suspected infection two days after taking a COVID-19 vaccine, his office said on Tuesday. The previous day, Hunt said on Twitter that he had been inoculated at the weekend with AstraZeneca Plc's COVID-19 vaccine, one of two being distributed in the country. Hunt, 55, will stay overnight for observation and is receiving antibiotics and fluid, his office said, without describing his symptoms or saying when he was admitted to hospital.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — Former finance minister Lim Guan Eng today said that he will not testify in court for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s case against the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), over RM1.7...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — A Japanese park in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, has gone viral after it replaced its resident hedgehog with a brush to protect the mammal from the cold. The switch was...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 — After receiving her first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali has explained that she received it as a senior citizen to encourage others to do the...
The Hungarian and Czech prime ministers will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday to discuss policies to fight COVID-19 as a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps central Europe. "The main topic of the meeting will be the effort to curb the pandemic," Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's press chief said in a statement. Netanyahu, who has said 90% of eligible Israelis have either received at least one dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or recovered from the virus, has made Israel's vaccination programme a showcase of his campaign for re-eection on March 23.
The developers of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 on Tuesday questioned the neutrality of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) after an EMA official urged EU members to refrain from approving the Russian vaccine for now. Christa Wirthumer-Hoche, the head of EMA's management board, told a talk show on Austrian broadcaster ORF on March 7 that she advised European Union countries against granting Sputnik V a national emergency authorisation while EMA was still reviewing the Russian vaccine's safety and effectiveness.
The European Parliament has voted to waive the immunity of Catalonia's former regional head of government and two other separatist lawmakers, taking them a step closer to extradition to Spain, where they are charged with sedition. The chamber announced on Tuesday that EU lawmakers had voted clearly in favour of stripping the immunity from prosecution of Carles Puigdemont and two former cabinet members, Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati. Puigdemont and Comin, who are in self-imposed exile in Belgium, formally became members of the European Parliament in June 2019, while Ponsati, who is in Scotland, was officially a member from January 2020.
Britain's monarchy kept its silence on Tuesday, after Meghan and Prince Harry sparked a crisis by alleging that a family member made a racist remark about the colour of their son's skin and that she was alienated to the point of contemplating suicide. The family, led by Queen Elizabeth, 94, was grappling with how to respond to Oprah Winfrey's TV interview, in which Harry also said that his father, heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, had let him down. "Worst Royal Crisis in 85 Years," read the front page of the Daily Mirror newspaper, while the Daily Mail's cover asked "What Have They Done?" and The Sun columnist Trevor Kavanagh questioned if the interview meant the end for the royals.
Meghan's father Thomas Markle said on Tuesday that he did not think the British royal family was racist, and hoped that an alleged remark from a family member about the darkness of the skin of Meghan's son was just a "dumb question". Meghan said that her son Archie, now aged one, had been denied the title of prince because there were concerns within the royal family about "about how dark his skin might be when he's born".
JOHOR BARU, March 9 — A 15-year-old male teenager was among 18 people arrested for suspected involvement in a scam syndicate that specialised in impersonating family members or friends after the...