Syria receives donation of 150,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from China

A donation by China of 150,000 doses of its Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Damascus on Saturday, with another batch of the same size planned, Syrian officials said. “We appreciate this aid which will allow the health ministry to combat the pandemic, to curb its impact on health, society and the economy,” the health minister,… Read More Syria receives donation of 150,000 coronavirus vaccine doses from China

PayPal’s Venmo begins allowing cryptocurrency trading on its platform

Venmo, the peer-to-peer payment service owned by PayPal Holdings Inc, said it has started allowing users to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies on its app, a step that could inspire more mainstream adoption of the asset class. Venmo users will be able to buy bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin and bitcoin cash for as little as $1… Read More PayPal’s Venmo begins allowing cryptocurrency trading on its platform

Myanmar junta leader arrives for ASEAN summit in Indonesia

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, Myanmar’s junta chief, arrived in Jakarta on Saturday for a summit of Southeast Asian leaders centred on the crisis in his country, video footage released by the Indonesian presidential palace showed. Min Aung Hlaing, who was in charge of the February 1 coup in Myanmar that sparked the bloody crisis,… Read More Myanmar junta leader arrives for ASEAN summit in Indonesia

South Korea signs with Pfizer for extra forty million coronavirus vaccine doses

South Korea said on Saturday it signed a contract with Pfizer Inc to purchase an additional 40 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine amid fears of spiking infections at home. That brings the current amount of Pfizer vaccines to 66 million doses, it said in a statement. It added that it had secured a total… Read More South Korea signs with Pfizer for extra forty million coronavirus vaccine doses

At least eight dead following glacier avalanche in India

At least eight people died and 384 were rescued after a glacier broke triggering an avalanche close to the Indo-China border in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on Friday, a government official said. “Eight bodies have been recovered. Rescue operations are in progress,” a defence ministry official told reporters on Saturday, adding that six of… Read More At least eight dead following glacier avalanche in India

Argentine transport minister Mario Meoni dies in traffic accident

Argentine Transport Minister Mario Meoni died late on Friday in a traffic accident about 110 kilometers (70 miles) west of Buenos Aires, the government said in a statement. The accident occurred when Meoni was driving alone during a storm to Junin, his home city. Local radio station FM VALL posted footage of firefighters attending to… Read More Argentine transport minister Mario Meoni dies in traffic accident

Ethiopia signs $907million financing deal with World Bank

Ethiopia’s finance ministry signed a $907 million financing agreement with the World Bank on Friday geared towards improving access to financing, the fight against COVID-19 and electricity investment, it said. Some $700 million was a loan and $207 million a grant, the ministry said in a statement. The ministry said that $200 million will go… Read More Ethiopia signs $907million financing deal with World Bank