MIL-OSI Asia-Pac: World News in Brief: September 28

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Source: Socialist Republic of Vietnam

* China lambasted a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling in a row with the United States over Washington’s measures to limit the import of solar panel cells, calling it “erroneous and dangerous” on Monday.

* Foreign visitors in Thailand are expected at about 280,000 this year, down from half a million projected earlier, as the country suffers a prolonged coronavirus outbreak.

* Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Monday that Greece has been in talks with France to boost their defence alliance as Athens seeks to build up its armed forces.

* New Zealand moved on Tuesday to cool its red-hot housing market by introducing rules designed to make property speculation less appealing and improve record low housing affordability, a major issue for the government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

* US President Joe Biden rolled up his shirt sleeve for a COVID-19 vaccine booster inoculation on Monday, hoping to provide a powerful example for Americans on the need to get the extra shot even as millions go without their first.

* India reported 179 COVID-19 deaths on Tuesday, the smallest rise since the middle of March, taking the total to 447,373. Infections rose by 18,795, the smallest increase since early March, lifting the total to about 33.7 million, health ministry data showed.

* Pfizer said it has started a large study testing its investigational oral antiviral drug for the prevention of COVID-19 infection among those who have been exposed to the virus.

* The world’s poorest countries have said they may struggle to meet visa requirements and cover all COVID-19 quarantine costs for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, raising concerns that some might not be able to attend in person.

* US’s New York hospitals began firing or suspending healthcare workers for defying a state order to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and resulting staff shortages prompted some hospitals to postpone elective surgeries or curtail services.

* Australia’s Sydney residents who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 risk being barred from various social activities even when they are freed from stay-at-home orders in December.

* French healthcare company Sanofi has announced positive Phase I/II study interim results for its first mRNA-based vaccine candidate.

* The European Union’s drug regulator said it was evaluating whether a booster dose of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine could be given at least six months after the second shot of the two-dose course in people over 12 years of age.

* Brazil recorded 14,423 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 210 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Monday.

* Mexico recorded 3,007 confirmed coronavirus cases and 230 more fatalities on Monday, according to health ministry data, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 3,635,807 and deaths to 275,676.

* Pakistan has discussed Taliban-led Afghanistan joining the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project, the Pakistani ambassador to the country said on Monday.

* President Joe Biden’s top military leaders are expected to face some of the most contentious hearings in memory this week over the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan, which cost the lives of US troops and civilians and left the Taliban back in power.

* Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday that Iran had crossed “all red lines” in its nuclear program and vowed that Israel would not allow Tehran to acquire a nuclear weapon.

* Prime Minister Najib Mikati will meet with the advisory firm Lazard soon to see how a financial recovery plan it drafted for Lebanon could be developed into a “more realistic” vision for getting the country out of its crisis, he said on Monday.

* Jordan will fully reopen its main border crossing with Syria from Wednesday, government and industry officials said, as a high-level Syrian team arrived in Amman to discuss how to ease the flow of goods hit by the pandemic and a decade of conflict.

* Armed men killed at least 34 people in two villages in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna in the early hours of Monday, the state government and two residents said.

* A volcano on Spain’s La Palma island began ejecting lava again on Monday after a lull, while hundreds of people in coastal villages hunkered down in anticipation of lava emitted in previous days reaching the sea and releasing toxic gas.

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