‘Half a billion’ fall into poverty

Publication date 09 April 2020 | 22:55 | ICT

International aid group Oxfam on Thursday urged world leaders to agree a comprehensive rescue package to muster some $2.5 trillion needed to prevent half a billion more people being pushed into poverty by the coronavirus pandemic.



  • World in need of another 6M nurses

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 23:18 | ICT

    As Covid-19 captures global headlines, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Tuesday that the world needs nearly six million nurses.

  • UK PM Johnson in intensive care after Covid-19 worsens

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:21 | ICT

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent the night in intensive care after being admitted with a deteriorating case of coronavirus, prompting serious concerns on Tuesday about his health and the government’s response to a still-es

  • Oz High Court quashes Pell’s child sex abuse conviction

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:20 | ICT

    Cardinal George Pell was released from prison on Tuesday, hours after Australia’s High Court quashed his conviction for child sex abuse, bringing to an abrupt end the most high-profile paedophilia case faced by the Catholic Church.

  • Super cyclone Harold devastates Vanuatu’s second-largest town

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:19 | ICT

    A deadly cyclone destroyed much of Vanuatu’s second-largest town but early warnings appeared to have prevented mass casualties in the Pacific nation, with some residents sheltered in caves to stay safe, aid workers said on Tuesday.

  • VN’s Phuc: Prepare for reinfections

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:19 | ICT

    Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has requested preparing scenarios between now and April 15 for the second wave of Sars-CoV-2 infections.

  • Seventy-six Thai pilgrims put into isolation

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:18 | ICT

    Seventy-six Thais touched down at Songkhla’s Hat Yai International Airport on Monday evening after going on a “Dawah” (Muslim religious mission) pilgrimage in Indonesia.

  • Philippines extends virus quarantine on main island until April 30

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:17 | ICT

    Phillippine President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the extension of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) until April 30, the interagency task force on Covid-19 announced on Tuesday.

  • ‘Lockdown too much for Indonesian government’

    Publication date 07 April 2020 | 22:16 | ICT

    Imposing a nationwide lockdown to flatten the curve of Covid-19 transmission would do nothing but overwhelm the government, the Indonesian Covid-19 rapid response task force said.

  • Gov’ts urged to protect women

    Publication date 06 April 2020 | 22:55 | ICT

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged governments to include the protection of women in their response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic.

  • Coronavirus hope in Europe as US girding for ‘Pearl Harbor’ moment

    Publication date 06 April 2020 | 21:23 | ICT

    Europe's hardest-hit nations saw some tentative signs of hope in the fight against the coronavirus Monday but the US braced for its “Pearl Harbor moment” as the country’s death toll raced towards 10,000.