Xi Jinping: China, Philippines have maintained regional peace on South China Sea issue

China and the Philippines have maintained regional peace and stability by their handling of the South China Sea issue, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Friday during a phone call with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Xi said the approach to the issue by both sides has laid an “important foundation” for friendship and cooperation between China and the Philippines, benefiting …

S.Korea to increase international flights starting May

South Korea said it will add hundreds of international flights per week beginning in May, continuing to ease anti-coronavirus measures as its Omicron wave declines. Minister of the Interior and Safety Jeon Hae-cheol said that starting next month, the government will authorize a further 100 weekly flights for such destinations as the United States, Europe, Thailand, and Singapore, where quarantine …

China holiday travel slumps after COVID outbreaks – state media

Chinese state media said the number of trips taken over the country’s three-day Tomb Sweeping Festival holiday dropped by nearly two-thirds from last year, citing data from the transport ministry, as authorities battle outbreaks of COVID-19 across the country. The decline was worse than expected and comes as analysts warn that the economic cost of keeping infections to a minimum …

Shanghai extends lockdown

Hinabaan ng mga opisyales ng Shanghai and COVID-19 lockdown ng lungsod. Para matugunan ang pag-akyat ng mga kaso, halos 26 million na tao ang magpapatest sa loob ng tatlong araw. Noong umpisa ng linggo, nag-ulat ang Shanghai ng 9,000 na kaso ng COVID-19. Dahil dito, i-ququarantine ang mga tao o kung kinakailangan, i-oospital sila para matugunan ang kanilang pangangailangan. Libu-libong …

Brazil drops Covid test for vaccinated travelers

Niluwagan ng Brazil ang pandemic restrictions nila para sa mga turistang dadayo sa bansa. Tinanggal na nila ang COVID-19 test requirement para sa mga bakunadong tao at tinanggal na rin ang mahabang questionnaire na kinakailangang pirmahan bago makapasok sa bansa. Base sa panibagong mandato, ang kinakailangan nalang ay magpakita ng proof of vaccination pagdating sa bansa. Ito ay nirekumenda ng …

After Pope’s apology, Canada’s indigenous survivors want compensation, records

Indigenous leaders said that Pope Francis’s long-awaited apology to Canada’s indigenous community for more than a century of abusive residential schools, many of them run by the Catholic Church, should be followed by millions of dollars in compensation and the release of residential school records. Canada’s state-sanctioned schools forcibly separated about 150,000 indigenous children from their families, subjecting many of …

Canada to call for improvements to global air investigation rules

Canada is expected to call for improving global rules governing air accident investigations, with officials saying in a virtual safety forum that changes are needed in cases like the 2020 drowning of a Ukrainian jetliner. Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra is expected to address the Safer Skies forum, hammering on the need to reform in cases where the main country …

EU signs gas deal with the U.S. to limit its reliance on Russia

Last week, a gas deal between the United States and the European Union was signed in a bid to alleviate Europe from its reliance on Russian energy. The deal was announced during the visit of U.S. President Joe Biden to Brussels as the EU leaders’ summit came to a close. Biden described the move as a “joint game plan” between …

Iran urges foreign forces to leave Syria “immediately”

According to Majid Takht-Ravanchi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, all foreign forces should pull out of Syria “immediately and unconditionally.” Last week, the Iranian diplomat addressed a UN Security Council session, saying that foreign forces in Syria are “plundering” the war-ravaged country’s natural resources and violating its sovereignty. Takht-Ravachi also condemned the airstrike that was led by Israel on …