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Asian markets track US losses, Biden spending plan in focus

Fpo - Asian markets slipped Wednesday following a soft lead from Wall Street, while focus turns to the US where Joe Biden is expected to unveil his latest multi-trillion-dollar recovery plan for the world's top economy.

Most Asia markets track Wall St record as Biden signs stimulus

Fpo - Asian markets mostly rose Friday following more records in New York and Wall Street after Joe Biden finally signed his enormous stimulus into law, while fears over inflation and a possible interest rate hike subsided for now.

A year after crash, markets boom but bust fears loom

Paris - A year ago, stock markets went into free-fall as the scale of the coronavirus crisis became apparent and countries desperately locked down to try to halt the pandemic.

New pandemic cases reduced by half since January

Paris - The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a sharp slowdown in the number of new cases, which have been cut in half from a peak in early January, according to data gathered by AFP.

Asian markets track Wall St records on stimulus optimism

Fpo - Hopes that US lawmakers would pass Joe Biden's huge stimulus package helped push Asian markets higher again Monday, while traders were also cheered by falling infection rates and the rollout of vaccines.

More countries taking repression outside borders: report

Washington - The murder of a Saudi journalist in Turkey, the US detention of a Russian asylum applicant and the abduction of a China-born Swedish citizen from Thailand all have one thing in common.

Asian markets mostly rise in respite from recent rout

Fpo - Most Asian markets bounced Monday following last week's blood-letting as bargain-buyers moved in, but dealers remain on edge as surging infections and a stuttering vaccination rollout offset long-term hopes for the economic recovery.

Brazil's Covid-19 response worst, New Zealand's best: study

Sydney - Brazil's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been ranked the world's worst, while New Zealand topped the class, according to research published by a leading Australian think tank on Thursday.

South Korea's President Moon: 'America is back'

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who brokered the talks process between Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un, on Thursday congratulated Joe Biden on his inauguration as US president, tweeting: "America is back.

World leaders congratulate US President Biden

Paris - World leaders said they were looking forward to working with Joe Biden, the Democrat sworn in as US president on Wednesday after four turbulent years under Donald Trump.

Chatting with Regan Smith: World champion and world record holder Special

World champion swimmer Regan Smith chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos at a virtual mixed zone following the 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio, Texas.

Chatting with Lilly King at 2021 TYR Pro Swim Series in Texas Special

On January 15, Olympic gold medalist and world champion swimmer Lilly King participated in a virtual mixed zone at the TYR Pro Swim Series in San Antonio, Texas.

World's longest prison sentences

Istanbul - As a Turkish Muslim televangelist who surrounded himself with scantily-clad women he called "kittens" starts a 1,075-year jail term for sex crimes, we look at some of the world's longest prison sentences.

Asian stocks swing as virus and unrest offset vaccine, stimulus

Fpo - Asian markets fluctuated Tuesday as hopes for the rollout of coronavirus vaccines and a new stimulus out of Washington competed with fears over surging infections, new lockdowns and brewing political and social unrest in the United States.

Washington chaos leaves image of 'exceptional' America in tatters

Sydney - The storming of the US Congress left America's image as a beacon of democracy severely tarnished Thursday, with allies unable to hide their shock and authoritarian regimes gleefully exploiting the unrest.

World leaders condemn 'assault on democracy' at US Capitol

Paris - World leaders and governments have expressed shock and outrage at the storming of the US Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump.

World ushers in New Year in shadow of pandemic

New York - Confetti fluttered on to frontline workers scattered across Times Square after fireworks burst above eerily quiet landmarks from Sydney Harbour Bridge to Copacabana beach, as the world ushered in the New Year with muted celebrations and said good ridda...

World begins ushering in locked-down New Year

Sydney - The world began ushering in the New Year Thursday, with pandemic controls muting celebrations for billions of people eager to bid farewell to a virus-ridden 2020.After a grinding year that has seen at least 1.

US, European stocks end at records on US stimulus, Brexit deal

New York - US and European stocks pushed into record territory on Monday, buoyed by a pandemic recovery package agreed in the US and Britain's Brexit deal with the EU.

2020: What a funny old year it was...

Paris - The coronavirus has not given us much to laugh about in 2020. Yet the year still had its fair share of the weird and the wonderful.

Massive outage hits Google services worldwide

New York - A massive blackout on Monday temporarily disrupted popular Google services such as Gmail and YouTube, derailing the remote learning, work and entertainment that people have come to rely on during the pandemic.

Silent Night: How coronavirus is killing Christmas

Paris - The first Christmas in a coronavirus world will be a season like no other, with governments urging people to rein themselves in to stop another deadly wave of the pandemic.

European stocks retreat after virus boost

London - European stock markets retreated Tuesday as a rally based on raised vaccine hopes petered out.In Asia, equities closed mostly higher with investors there catching up with news from US biotech group Moderna that its vaccine candidate was 94.

Coronavirus: Latest global developments

Paris - Here are the latest developments in the coronavirus crisis:- Markets sink again - After a rally on vaccine hopes and Joe Biden's election, Europe and Asia markets sink as investors fret that surging global infection and death rates could damage economi...

Last month warmest September on record globally: EU

Paris - Earth's surface was warmer last month than during any September on record, with temperatures since January tracking those of the hottest ever calendar year in 2016, the European Union's Earth Observation Programme said Wednesday.

World leaders wish Trump a speedy recovery

Paris - World leaders on Friday wished US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania a quick recovery following his announcement that they were quarantining after testing positive for coronavirus.

Chatting with Lilly King: The 'Queen of Breaststroke' in Swimming Special

Olympic gold medalist and world record holder swimmer Lilly King chatted with Digital Journal's Markos Papadatos about the second season of the International Swimming League (ISL), where she will be competing for the Cali Condors once again.

'Masks up, emissions down' as climate demos restart

Berlin - Thousands of young people across Europe joined a global day of climate protests on Friday, many wearing masks and keeping their distance against the coronavirus.

Asian stocks plunge with Wall St as tech surge halted

Fpo - Asian markets fell deep into negative territory Friday following painfully deep losses on Wall Street, where the tech sector finally succumbed to profit-taking after months of mind-boggling gains.

Dow erases 2020 losses as US stocks charge upwards

New York - Wall Street flexed its muscles on Friday, with the Dow erasing its losses for the year and the S&P and Nasdaq again hitting records as investors shrugged off the ongoing coronavirus crisis, while markets elsewhere saw more moderate trading.
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