Myanmar frees hundreds of political prisoners after Asean pressure

People react outside Insein prison as Myanmar's Junta releases prisoners including people that protested against the military coup, in Yangon, Myanmar on Oct 18, 2021.Reuters Myanmar's military government has freed hundreds of political prisoners from the notorious Insein prison, including Aung San Suu Kyi's party spokesman and a famous comedian Zarganar, local media reported. Minutes after...

Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine highly protective in 12-18 age group: US CDC study

The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is authorised for children as young as 12, and the companies are seeking authorisation for use in those as young as five years of age.Reuters WASHINGTON - The Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine was 93 per cent effective in preventing hospitalisations among those aged 12 to 18, according to an analysis released by the US...

US-China coronavirus vaccine diplomacy heats up but can donations sway allegiances?

Lau Ka-kuen The United States was largely absent in vaccine diplomacy early this year but entered the arena when President Joe Biden announced in May that the US would distribute 80 million Covid-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Biden did not hide his intention: The US wanted to counter the influence of China and Russia by using the...

Ex-Myanmar president says army tried to force him to cede power hours before coup

Myanmar's president Win Myint reviews the honour guard during his welcome ceremony at the Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on June 14, 2018.Reuters file Myanmar's deposed president testified on Tuesday (Oct 12) that the military tried to force him to relinquish power hours before its Feb 1 coup, warning him he could be seriously harmed...

Quirky China: Man breaks down over daughter’s maths fail, publisher stung for confusing a bee and a fly, Prada PR disaster

A handout photo. Textbook publisher embarrassed by insect mix-up.South China Morning Post A Chinese father lay down in the middle of a road begging police to detain him because his daughter could not solve a simple mathematics calculation. The man, a resident of Kunshan in Jiangsu eastern China, said he felt “so angry and so helpless”...

Plant-based egg and shrimp on Nestle’s menu as it taps into vegan growth

A logo is pictured on the Nestle research centre at Vers-chez-les-Blanc in Lausanne, Switzerland on Aug 20, 2020.Reuters file LONDON - Nestle is launching plant-based substitutes for egg and shrimp that closely mirror the taste, nutrition and performance of the originals, the food group said on Wednesday (Oct 6), extending its range in the fast-growing vegan...

Booster shot improves immune response of chemotherapy patients; post-Covid depression helped by widely used drugs

An Israeli woman receives a third shot of the Covid-19 vaccine in Tel Aviv, Israel on Aug 30, 2021.Reuters file The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that have yet to be certified by peer review. Chemo patients' response to vaccine...

WHO is sending Covid-19 aid for North Korea

A logo is pictured at the World Health Organisation (WHO) building in Geneva, Switzerland, on Feb 2, 2020.Reuters file SEOUL - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is sending Covid-19 aid for North Korea through China's border port of Dalian, despite few signs North Korea has eased strict border lockdowns to keep the virus...

Pontian Wanton Noodles staff caught chopping meat on floor, SFA investigating

An incident in which employees of Pontian Wanton Noodles were seen chopping and handling meat on the floor at its Paya Lebar Square outlet.Stomp The Singapore Food agency (SFA) is investigating an incident in which employees of Pontian Wanton Noodles were seen chopping and handling meat on the floor at its Paya Lebar Square outlet. A Stomp...

Is Blahaj the shark plushie really ‘going extinct’? Ikea Singapore says otherwise

Twitter/oaksandcompany What's something that can cause more panic than a pandemic or the Evergrande crisis? A blue plushie shark from Ikea called Blahaj. Over the past few days, the internet has gone haywire over news that the popular toy will be discontinued next year and Chinese microblogging platform Weibo has been stormed with distressed comments. However, Singaporean fans don't have to...