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World 21 Jan 2021 | 3:58 PM

Thai opposition figure says government aims to silence him on vaccine

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A banned Thai opposition politician, who is facing a criminal complaint of defaming the monarchy, defended on Thursday his criticism of the government's coronavirus vaccine strategy that relies on a company owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

World 21 Jan 2021 | 4:20 AM

Germany to extend mandatory deposit system for disposable plastic bottles

BERLIN, Jan. 20 (Xinhua) -- The German government has approved the extension of the mandatory deposit system to all beverage bottles made of disposable plastic and to beverage cans from next year onwards, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) said on Wednesday.