Sun, 25 Jul 2021

NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 9 million on Friday, said the federal health ministry.

With 45,882 new COVID-19 cases across the country, the tally reached 9,004,365, while the death toll reached 132,162 as 584 more patients died, the official data showed. (India-COVID-19-Tally)

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HONG KONG -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.5 jolted west of Macquarie Island at 0319 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 53.9263 degrees south latitude and 140.5994 degrees east longitude. (Macquarie Island-Quake)

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TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday that the promotion of digital transformation and realization of a green society are the key priorities of his administration amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

Delivering a speech on the virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Dialogues hosted by Malaysia on Friday, Suga pledged to tear down bureaucratic sectionalism, vested interests, and the habit of following past precedents in the Japanese society while advancing bold regulatory reforms. (Japan-PM-APEC-Dialogues)

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WELLINGTON -- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stressed collaboration in post-COVID 19 pandemic economic recovery before attending the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting and associated events virtually on Friday and Saturday.

APEC has always been a place where the 21 member economies, share experiences and identify solutions to shared economic challenges. In a COVID-19 world, finding those solutions will require new and different ways of thinking, Ardern said. (New Zealand-PM-COVID-19)

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VIENTIANE -- The roof-sealing ceremony for the Vientiane Station's main building of the China-Laos Railway was held in Lao capital Vientiane on Thursday.

This marked the successful completion of the main structure's construction and the start of the station's secondary structure's construction and decoration. (Laos-China-Railway)

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