Hong Kong relaxes COVID-19 restrictions on inbound travelers and drops hotel quarantine

Hong Kong’s leader has announced that the city will no longer require incoming travelers to quarantine at designated hotels as the city seeks to open up globally after nearly two years. Key points: Inbound travelers do not need to do a PCR test within 48 hours before boarding a flight to Hong Kong They will … Read more

Japan to loosen travel restrictions imposed during pandemic and welcomes vaccinated tourists

Japan has announced it will relax requirements for COVID-19 border controls next month after maintaining some of the strictest border measures among major economies since the start of the pandemic. Key points: Japan will restore individual tourism and visa exemption for all vaccinated from October 11 Australia is expected to be one of the countries … Read more

China’s Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin show deepening ties

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in person for the first time since the start of the Ukraine war, as the two countries showed growing ties in the wake of major battlefield setbacks for Moscow. Mr. Putin told his Chinese counterpart on Thursday that Moscow greatly appreciates what he called Beijing’s … Read more

Russia is keeping the Nord Stream pipeline closed, citing mechanical problems

Russia suspended natural gas flows to Europe indefinitely via a key pipeline hours after the Group of Seven agreed to an oil price cap for Russian crude – two opposing blows exchanged between Moscow and the West in an economic war running parallel to the military conflict in Ukraine. Kremlin-controlled energy company Gazprom PJSC said … Read more

Exxon escalates dispute with Russia over blocked exit from huge oil project

Exxon XOM 2.30% Mobil Corp. has told Russian officials it will sue the federal government unless Moscow allows the company to walk away from a major oil and gas project, according to people familiar with the matter. A Kremlin decree banning certain transactions until the end of the year has blocked Exxon since early August … Read more

Iran and Russia cement an alliance of grain, drones and satellites

TEHRAN – Iran and Russia are forging tighter ties than ever as their international isolation drives the two staunch US foes toward more trade and military cooperation, alarming Washington. In July, Iran became the world’s largest buyer of Russian wheat. This month, Russia launched an Iranian satellite into space in a rare success for Tehran’s … Read more

Solomon Islands bans foreign journalists from entering country over ‘degrading’ coverage

The Solomon Islands government has apparently confirmed it will block some foreign journalists from entering the country, declaring that journalists who are “degrading” or engage in “racial profiling” by attacking its relations with China will be banned. Key points: Solomon Islands has warned foreign journalists who do not follow “appropriate protocols” will be banned from … Read more

Russia and Turkey’s deepening ties are raising concerns in the West about compliance with sanctions

ISTANBUL – Turkey and Russia are stitching their economies closer together, raising concerns among the United States and its allies that the budding relationship could undermine sanctions imposed on the Kremlin as punishment for its invasion of Ukraine. Expanded trade and financial ties show how countries are turning to each other to shore up their … Read more

Grieving families moving away from traditional funerals despite the lifting of COVID restrictions

COVID-19 has had an indelible effect on most aspects of our daily lives, and now funeral directors say the pandemic is affecting the way we handle our dead. Fear of contracting COVID at large gatherings, the cost of funerals and convenience are just some of the factors they say are driving a dramatic cultural shift … Read more

Experts are confident that the worst of the COVID-19 Omicron wave is behind us | 9 News Australia – 9 News Australia

Experts are confident that the worst of the COVID-19 Omicron wave is behind us | 9 News Australia9 News Australia