Transport authority personnel check Covid-19 vaccination cards of people queueing up at a bus station in Quezon City, suburban Manila on Tuesday. The government has banned unvaccinated people from using public transport amid a record surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: AFP
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Philippines: ‘No vax no ride’ plan for unjabbed commuters confuses public
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Plan, launched on Monday in Manila area, accused of being ‘draconian’; government tries to clarify new rules while mentioning ‘reason to apologise’.

Transport authority personnel check Covid-19 vaccination cards of people queueing up at a bus station in Quezon City, suburban Manila on Tuesday. The government has banned unvaccinated people from using public transport amid a record surge in coronavirus cases. Photo: AFP
Philippines: ‘No vax no ride’ plan for unjabbed commuters confuses public

Plan, launched on Monday in Manila area, accused of being ‘draconian’; government tries to clarify new rules while mentioning ‘reason to apologise’.

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The accused in the Belgian court. Photo: AFP
Vietnamese trafficker jailed for 15 years for migrant lorry deaths

Vo Van Hong was found guilty of leading a Belgian-based people-trafficking operation linked to 31 Vietnamese migrants found dead from suffocation and hyperthermia in a lorry in England.

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Japan, France hold ‘2+2’ security talks amid China concerns in Indo-Pacific

Tokyo has been expanding military ties with Britain, Germany and Australia while France has strategic interests in several island territories in the region.

Tokyo has been expanding military ties with Britain, Germany and Australia while France has strategic interests in several island territories in the region.

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India reports nearly 300,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, the highest in eight months, bringing the total to 37.9 million, second-highest globally behind the United States.

India reports nearly 300,000 new infections over the last 24 hours, the highest in eight months, bringing the total to 37.9 million, second-highest globally behind the United States.

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As I see it | Don’t browbeat parents into vaccinating their kids. Persuade them

While the data suggests such jabs are safe, and Omicron has raised the stakes, ultimately it should be for parents to weigh the risks and benefits, writes Bhavan Jaipragas.

While the data suggests such jabs are safe, and Omicron has raised the stakes, ultimately it should be for parents to weigh the risks and benefits, writes Bhavan Jaipragas.

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Abacus | Don’t let Omicron smother the soul of Hong Kong’s live music scene

The city’s leisure and F&B industry is once again in crisis and it’s up to the Hong Kong Musicians Union to ensure entertainers aren’t cut off from government relief.

The city’s leisure and F&B industry is once again in crisis and it’s up to the Hong Kong Musicians Union to ensure entertainers aren’t cut off from government relief.

17 Jan 2022 - 9:30AM
‘Like a bomb has hit us’: Omicron punctures hope for Thai businesses

The rapid spread of Omicron this year has smashed into Thailand’s economy in the middle of peak vacation season.

The rapid spread of Omicron this year has smashed into Thailand’s economy in the middle of peak vacation season.

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A plume rises over Tonga after the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai erupts on January 15, 2022. Photo: NOAA/SSEC/CIMSS via Reuters
Opinion | Why Tonga’s volcanic eruption was so violent, and what to expect next

When hot magma rapidly blasts out of the ground and meets cold water, this ‘fuel-coolant interaction’ can be akin to weapons-grade chemical explosions.

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Abacus | Don’t let Omicron smother the soul of Hong Kong’s live music scene

The city’s leisure and F&B industry is once again in crisis and it’s up to the Hong Kong Musicians Union to ensure entertainers aren’t cut off from government relief.

The city’s leisure and F&B industry is once again in crisis and it’s up to the Hong Kong Musicians Union to ensure entertainers aren’t cut off from government relief.

17 Jan 2022 - 9:30AM
Don’t let Omicron smother the soul of Hong Kong’s live music scene
Opinion | Is China tripping over its pursuit for ‘common prosperity’?

China’s crackdown on tech and a range of other sectors shows its economic policies are increasingly driven by ideological rather than market-driven considerations.

China’s crackdown on tech and a range of other sectors shows its economic policies are increasingly driven by ideological rather than market-driven considerations.

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Is China tripping over its pursuit for ‘common prosperity’?

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