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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN): The Bureau of Customs (BOC) is tightening its watch over the country’s borders following a surge in illicit imported cigarettes, party drugs as well as fake goods, no thanks to the harder times brought by the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic.
PARIS (Reuters) - France should impose a national lockdown given the increase in COVID-19 cases and the longer it waits, the higher the death toll will be, the head of the emergencies unit at a hospital in Paris said on Friday.
KUALA LUMPUR: CIMB Group Holdings Bhd reported a steep drop in its annual profits on higher loan loss provisions due to the pandemic, but the bank expects its financial performance to improve in 2021 in line with the economy.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel has led the world in COVID-19 vaccinations. Now it faces another challenge that other countries will have to grapple with: how to balance public health and the rights of the unvaccinated.
KUALA LUMPUR: Hit by the ongoing revenue slump, Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd recorded a net loss of RM685.02mil in the fourth quarter ended Dec 31, 2020, versus a net profit of RM29.51mil in the year-ago quarter.
JAKARTA (The Straits Times/ANN): Like many families in the village of Semerak, in Central Java, Pipit Wahyudi, 26, and his father as well as his older brother could count on an infusion of about 5 million rupiah (US$350) every month since his mother started work as a housekeeper in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, about a decade ago.
AirBnB sales beat estimates even during the pandemic, and expects a rebound in travel this year as Covid-19 vaccines are rolled out.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fears that training disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to sub par performances at the Tokyo Games are overblown as many athletes will emerge from lockdowns stronger than ever, five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky said.
PETALING JAYA: The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and new norms have added new environmental issues that require a concerted effort from all stakeholders to improve and facilitate sustainable living, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic).