Thousands of baby turtles released into sea off Bali

More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali, as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection. Conservation groups carried crates each full of…

16 port employees held over Beirut blasts

BEIRUT, Lebanon-Sixteen workers at Beirut’s port, the site of massive explosions, have been detained over the deadly blasts that devastated large parts of the Lebanese capital, a military prosecutor said on Thursday. Lebanese authorities had announced an investigation into Tuesday’s…

Senior Chinese official ridicules US Hong Kong sanctions

The head of China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, Luo Huining, has mocked sanctions announced by the US over the crackdown on freedoms in the city, offering to send Donald Trump $100 so he can freeze the asset. Luo, whose statement…

We were both flirting with the waiter

What were you hoping for?A break from the enduring monotony of lockdown. Anything to get me out of the house for an evening. First impressions?Friendly, cool outfit, early. What did you talk about?Our jobs, how mad we have gone during…

Russian rescuers find another body under rubble in Beirut

BEIRUT, August 8. /TASS/. Russian emergency ministry rescuers taking part in the search and rescue effort in the Lebanese capital of Beirut, hit by a powerful blast on Monday, have pulled another body from the rubble of a collapsed building,…

The mysterious resurgence of Covid-19 in Vietnam

In mid-July, Vietnam still shone as a Covid-19 outlier. No reported deaths, and months without a locally transmitted case. Fans packed into football stadiums, schools had reopened, and customers returned to their favourite cafes. “We were already back to normal…

Recovery effort gathers pace amid growing anger at Lebanon’s leaders

Search and rescue teams, firefighters and medics continued to comb through what remains of Beirut port on Friday, competing for space with men who were not wearing uniforms or displaying official status, and who several observers said were directing clean-up…

Number of coronavirus cases worldwide grows by 1.8 million in past week

MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide increased by 1.8 million in the past seven days – the biggest-ever weekly figures reported since the start of the pandemic. More than 19.1 million people all over the…

Number of coronavirus cases worldwide grows by 1.8 million in past week

MOSCOW, August 8. /TASS/. The number of novel coronavirus cases worldwide increased by 1.8 million in the past seven days – the biggest-ever weekly figures reported since the start of the pandemic. More than 19.1 million people all over the…

Three women injured swimming with whales in space of a week

A woman snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, on the north-west coast of Western Australia, has become the third person to be injured by a humpback whale there in less than a week. The woman, Alicia Ramsay, 30, was flown to Royal…