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The Philippines will begin clinical trial of several drugs, including the anti-parasite medication ivermectin, in patients with COVID-19 to determine their efficacy in combatting the coronavirus, a senior government official said. Some politicians in the Philippines have started promoting the use of ivermectin for coronavirus and given out free doses, although the country's food and drugs regulator has cautioned against the use because of a lack of evidence for the drug as a treatment. The clinical trial for ivermectin, which could last for six months, "will give us a more reliable estimate of the effects of invermectin as an anti-viral agent in mild and moderate (COVID-19) patients," science and technology minister, Fortunato Dela Pena, said in a presentation late on Monday.
A photographer captured a stunning timelapse of Canada’s night sky over Winnipeg.Footage uploaded by Instagram user Chris Mason shows the star-spangled night sky above Lake Winnipeg, as satellites whizz past. Credit: Chris Mason via Storyful
A group gathered at a McDonald’s in Chicago, Illinois, on April 19, to release balloons in memory of a seven-year-old girl who was shot and killed the day prior.Footage uploaded by Twitter user @nita_bud shows the crowd releasing brightly colored balloons to honor Jaslyn Adams.According to local media, Adams was killed after a gunman opened fire on the vehicle she was in with her father at the Lawndale McDonald’s drive-through. Credit: @nita_bud via Storyful
French health minister Olivier Veran would favour a region-by-region easing of lockdown measures set up to tackle the COVID-19 virus, he told regional paper Le Telegramme in an interview published on Tuesday. The health ministry said on Monday that 5,970 people were in intensive care units with COVID-19, up from 5,893 a day earlier, in a sign that hospitals remain under pressure. President Emmanuel Macron's government is hoping that an acceleration of its vaccination campaign, combined with the one-month national lockdown in place since end-March, will help it regain control over the latest outbreak of the virus.
As marijuana legalization spreads across U.S. states, so does a debate over whether to set pot policy by potency. Under a law signed last month, New York will tax recreational marijuana based on its amount of THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis. Vermont is limiting THC content when its legal market opens as soon as next year, and limits or taxes have been broached in some other states and the U.S. Senate’s drug-control caucus.
Climate-changing CO2 emissions are set to surge by the second-biggest amount in history this year as the global economy recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, the IEA warned Tuesday, days before a major climate summit.
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Pakistan's government will seek a vote in parliament on Tuesday to expel the French ambassador after violent anti-France protests by Islamists, the interior minister said. The expulsion is one of the main four demands of a radical Tehrik-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) group, that has been protesting for over a week over cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad. Pakistan on Monday opened talks with the group.
PUTRAJAYA, April 20 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s defence scored an “own goal” when it tendered evidence that effectively contradicted his claim of not knowing his personal bank account’s...
Pakistan's government will ask parliament to decide the fate of the French ambassador, apparently appeasing a radical Islamist party which had threatened more protests unless the envoy was expelled.
PETALING JAYA, April 20 — A photograph of celebrity preacher Pencetus Ummah (PU) Amin posing between two Instagram influencers in figure-hugging outfits has sparked outrage online. The image...
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called for more equitable management of global affairs and, in an implicit rejection of U.S. dominance, said governments shouldn’t impose rules on others. Xi’s speech at an economic forum comes amid rising tension with China’s neighbors and Washington over its strategic ambitions and demands for a bigger role in making trade and other rules. Without mentioning the United States, Xi criticized “unilateralism of individual countries” and warned against decoupling, a reference to fears U.S.-Chinese tension over technology and security will split industries and markets into separate, less productive spheres with incompatible standards.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he is willing to deploy military ships to the South China Sea to assert the country's claim over oil deposits in a contested part of the waterway.
The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been trying to find a way to guide fellow member Myanmar out of the bloody turmoil that has followed the military coup against an elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. Romeo Jr. Abad Arca, assistant director of the community relations division of the ASEAN Secretariat, said the summit would take place at its Jakarta headquarters on Saturday under strict health and security protocols due to the pandemic, confirming an earlier advisory.
As jurors in the murder trial of ex-policeman Derek Chauvin began its deliberations on Monday, Minneapolis and other cities across the U.S. ramped up security measures, bracing for protests.Chauvin is charged with murdering George Floyd by kneeling on his neck last May.Floyd’s fatal arrest has sparked nationwide anti-racism protests.Minnesota Governor Tim Walz declared a preemptive state of emergency in the Minneapolis metropolitan area and requested security assistance from other states."We cannot allow civil unrest to descend into chaos, we must protect life and property. But we also must understand very clearly: if we don't listen to those communities in pain and those people on the streets many of whom were arrested for speaking a fundamental truth that we must change, or we will be right back here again."Tensions in Minneapolis have been running high over the Chauvin trial, as well as the death of Black man Daunte Wright, who was shot by police during a traffic stop in a suburb of the city.The judge overseeing the Chauvin trial criticized Representative Maxine Waters on Monday, who told protesters over the weekend to "stay on the street" and "get more confrontational" if Chauvin was found not guilty.District Judge Peter Cahill added that her remarks might have given grounds for appeal in the event of a conviction."I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch and our function."Chauvin's defense lawyer requested a mistrial, arguing that Waters' comments had tainted the proceedings.The request was denied, but he said the concerns were legitimate.
At least 49 passengers on a flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong have tested positive for coronavirus, authorities said, as the financial hub introduced an emergency ban on all flights from India as it battles a new wave of cases.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has urged the federal government to accept offers from its state counterparts and private firms to help expedite Malaysia’s...
KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Co-founders of the Undi18 movement, Qyira Yusri and Tharma Pillai, are among the millennial and Gen Z leaders chosen by Forbes for its annual “30 under 30 Asia” list....
Familiar names returning to the top of leaderboards, and a travelling American winning a return ticket home dominate AFP Sport's golf talking points this week: