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  • Italian mayor fights lone battle for mass virus blood testing

    2 days ago

    Italian mayor fights lone battle for mass virus blood testing

    ROBBIO (Italy), April 5 — The mayor of a pandemic-hit Italian town is trying to get everyone’s blood tested in a controversial attempt to end weeks of confinement and finally...

  • Death at home: The unseen toll of Italy’s coronavirus crisis

    2 days ago

    Death at home: The unseen toll of Italy’s coronavirus crisis

    MILAN, April 5 — It took Silvia Bertuletti 11 days of frantic phone calls to persuade a doctor to visit her 78-year-old father Alessandro, who was gripped by fever and...

  • Learn Japanese at home with Japan Foundation's free ebooks

    2 days ago

    Learn Japanese at home with Japan Foundation's free ebooks

    TOKYO, April 5 — If you've ever wanted to learn Japanese but could not spare the time or money, there's good news: the Japanese Foundation has provided free PDF lessons that you...

  • Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines

    2 days ago

    Drive-by blessings in virus-hit Philippines

    MANILA, April 5 — Priests delivered blessings from the back of trucks and motorised tricycles in the Philippine Sunday, adapting the deeply Catholic nation’s traditions to the...

  • Scared but desperate, Thai sex workers forced to the street

    3 days ago

    Scared but desperate, Thai sex workers forced to the street

    BANGKOK, April 5 — A shutdown to contain the coronavirus has killed Thailand’s party scene and forced sex workers like Pim out of bars and onto desolate streets. She’s...

  • Easter Island inhabitants turn to tradition to tackle virus troubles

    3 days ago

    Easter Island inhabitants turn to tradition to tackle virus troubles

    HANGA ROA (Chile), April 5 — Inhabitants of Easter Island are leaning on a traditional form of ancestral discipline to overcome a coronavirus-imposed lockdown that threatens the...

  • Could gardening help boost your body image?

    3 days ago

    Could gardening help boost your body image?

    LONDON, April 5 — New UK research has found that individuals who enjoy gardening as a hobby may benefit from improved body image. Led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), the new...

  • Italy’s doctors look for help from sleek new robots

    3 days ago

    Italy’s doctors look for help from sleek new robots

    VARESE, April 5 — The shiny new robots gently check the pulses of highly infectious patients on life support in the Italian epicentre of Covid-19. The doctors and nurses love...

  • Customers desert South Korea’s animal cafes over virus fears

    3 days ago

    Customers desert South Korea’s animal cafes over virus fears

    SEOUL, April 5 — A beige feline paces between two Gaudi-style columns at the empty 2 Cats cafe in Seoul, with upturned stools standing on the tables where humans sat to play...

  • Confined Spaniard stays safe by skiing in his living room

    3 days ago

    Confined Spaniard stays safe by skiing in his living room

    MADRID, April 5 — When Philipp Klein Herrero had to cancel a skiing holiday because of the coronavirus pandemic he recreated the winter sport experience in confinement in his...

  • The best travel films for hikers and nature lovers to watch this weekend (VIDEO)

    3 days ago

    The best travel films for hikers and nature lovers to watch this weekend (VIDEO)

    LOS ANGELES, — While some may miss the bustling chaos of city life during the worldwide lockdown, others sheltering in place can't wait to break out of their cabins and into the...

  • Indonesia covers up to protect orangutans from virus threat

    3 days ago

    Indonesia covers up to protect orangutans from virus threat

    JAKARTA, Apr 4 — Poaching and habitat loss have decimated Indonesia’s orangutan population, but now coronavirus has emerged as another potential deadly threat to the...

  • Isolated and afraid: How the pandemic is changing pregnancy

    3 days ago

    Isolated and afraid: How the pandemic is changing pregnancy

    HONG KONG, Apr 4 — Trapped intially by violent pro-democracy protests and tear gas, and then by the coronavirus — she now faces giving birth alone, with her husband unlikely...

  • Cushy quarantine: Swiss firm offers luxury isolation stays

    3 days ago

    Cushy quarantine: Swiss firm offers luxury isolation stays

    GENEVA, Apr 4 —The hotel and tourism industries have been all but flattened by the coronavirus pandemic, but one Swiss firm has found a way to stay afloat offering a luxury...

  • Living alone and in need of a hug during global shutdown

    3 days ago

    Living alone and in need of a hug during global shutdown

    CHICAGO, April 4 — Six nights a week, Shelley Howard could normally be found at a restaurant or bar in the famous Rush Street area of Chicago, dining out or having a drink with...

  • Experts share tips on how to eat healthily while stuck at home under a lockdown

    4 days ago

    Experts share tips on how to eat healthily while stuck at home under a lockdown

    NEW YORK, April 4 ― If you're struggling to stay healthy during self-isolation, perhaps because you're relying too much on convenience foods or stress eating, then we've rounded...

  • Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing, say US scientists

    4 days ago

    Coronavirus may spread through normal breathing, say US scientists

    NEW YORK, April 4 ― The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said yesterday as the government was poised to...

  • Millions of women feared at risk of backstreet abortions during pandemic

    4 days ago

    Millions of women feared at risk of backstreet abortions during pandemic

    LONDON, Apr 3 — Millions of women and girls may be forced to carry unwanted pregnancies or risk unsafe backstreet abortions as the coronavirus lockdowns restrict access to...

  • Could TB vaccine protect medics from Covid-19?

    4 days ago

    Could TB vaccine protect medics from Covid-19?

    PARIS, Apr 3 — Could a common vaccine used for decades to protect against tuberculosis help shield health workers from Covid-19? While developing a specific immunisation against...

  • Sabahan farmers offer free fruits and vegetables to neighbours during MCO

    4 days ago

    Sabahan farmers offer free fruits and vegetables to neighbours during MCO

    PETALING JAYA, April 3 — Villagers in Sabah have offered surplus fruits and vegetables from their harvests to neighbours as a kind gesture during the movement control order...

  • Sabah father chases NGO van on a bicycle to beg for help to feed family during MCO

    4 days ago

    Sabah father chases NGO van on a bicycle to beg for help to feed family during MCO

    SANDAKAN, April 3 — A young father literally went the distance to feed his family — chasing an aid distribution van on a bicycle. Fendi, a 28-year-old father of two, is among...

  • Glass half empty or full? Hong Kong bars confused over new coronavirus curbs

    4 days ago

    Glass half empty or full? Hong Kong bars confused over new coronavirus curbs

    HONG KONG, April 3 — Confusion reigned on Friday in some Hong Kong pubs and bars, after authorities ordered a two-week closure from 6 p.m. (1000 GMT) to curb a coronavirus...

  • Generous Malaysian woman treats hardworking Grab riders to myBurgerLab for her birthday

    4 days ago

    Generous Malaysian woman treats hardworking Grab riders to myBurgerLab for her birthday

    PETALING JAYA, April 3 — While it’s typically common to receive gifts on one’s birthday, a generous Malaysian woman decided to flip the tradition on its head. Liyana Zamri...

  • Games, songs to shield Asia-Pacific indigenous people from coronavirus

    4 days ago

    Games, songs to shield Asia-Pacific indigenous people from coronavirus

    BANGKOK, April 3 —  Games, songs and tourism bans are some of the measures that authorities and human rights groups from Australia to India are using to keep indigenous...

  • Malaysian author Kulleh Grasi’s ‘Tell Me, Kenyalang’ makes it to longlist of America’s Best Translated Book Awards 2020

    4 days ago

    Malaysian author Kulleh Grasi’s ‘Tell Me, Kenyalang’ makes it to longlist of America’s Best Translated Book Awards 2020

    PETALING JAYA, April 3 — Sarawak-born author Kulleh Grasi has made headlines in the nation’s literary scene amid the Covid-19 crisis. Kulleh, whose real name is Royston John...

  • Perak-born designer Khoon Hooi producing 3,000 protective gear for Kuala Lumpur Hospital frontliners (VIDEO)

    4 days ago

    Perak-born designer Khoon Hooi producing 3,000 protective gear for Kuala Lumpur Hospital frontliners (VIDEO)

    PETALING JAYA, April 3 — Malaysian fashion designer Khoon Hooi and his team of expert drafters, cutters and seamstresses in Kuala Lumpur have been working hard to manufacture...

  • ‘Superheroes’: Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sick

    4 days ago

    ‘Superheroes’: Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sick

    NEW YORK, April 3 — As she emerges from quarantine, recovered Covid-19 patient Diana Berrent is eager to join the battle against the pandemic and donate precious antibodies that...

  • ‘It’s like The Hunger Games’: Johor Twitter users reveal life inside Covid-19 red zones (VIDEO)

    5 days ago

    ‘It’s like The Hunger Games’: Johor Twitter users reveal life inside Covid-19 red zones (VIDEO)

    PETALING JAYA, April 3 — Malaysian Twitter users have been sharing their experiences of living inside Covid-19 red zones which are under an enhanced movement control order...

  • The new 9/11: Covid-19 and a looming mental health disaster

    5 days ago

    The new 9/11: Covid-19 and a looming mental health disaster

    LOS ANGELES, April 3 — The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the world into uncharted territory, leaving people feeling helpless in the face of an invisible threat of unknown...

  • At age 89, former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to welcome son with third wife this July

    5 days ago

    At age 89, former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone to welcome son with third wife this July

    KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 3 — Former Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone will be welcoming his first son with wife Fabiana Flosi this July.  Confirming the news with German television...

  • Watch hilarious sketch of what happens when flight attendants work from home (VIDEO)

    5 days ago

    Watch hilarious sketch of what happens when flight attendants work from home (VIDEO)

    NEW YORK, April 3 — Sometimes, you just can’t turn off. When flight attendants work from home, cohabitants are reminded of how to use their emergency exits, offered hot towels...

  • Toaster-sized ventilator from India helps hospitals in virus fight

    5 days ago

    Toaster-sized ventilator from India helps hospitals in virus fight

    NEW DELHI, April 3 — Originally created by a robot scientist and a neurosurgeon to help India’s poor, a toaster-sized ventilator is offering hope in the country’s fight...

  • Covid-19: Seeking fun and solace from worries in wide open spaces, Singaporeans turn to the outdoors

    5 days ago

    Covid-19: Seeking fun and solace from worries in wide open spaces, Singaporeans turn to the outdoors

    SINGAPORE, April 3 — Since the Covid-19 outbreak started, both Rosli Haron, a coach driver, and his wife, who worked at the airport, have lost their jobs. These days, the pair...