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Over 120,000 have taken cruises to nowhere as Royal Caribbean extends Quantum of the Seas sailings

SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- More than 120,000 people have set sail on cruises, with no Covid-19 cases on board since a pilot programme to reboot the cruise industry began last November, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).

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- WHO releases report on global tracing of COVID-19 origins
GENEVA (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday released a report on the global tracing of COVID-19 origins, following a joint research with China on issues including the pathways of the virus and future investigation in different countries. ... More >>>
- Challenges await EU on the road to carbon neutrality
EUROPEAN (China Daily/ANN) -- The European Union aims to become carbon neutral by 2050 and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. This is not going to be easy. ... More >>>
- Container ship stuck in Suez Canal freed
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The massive container ship Ever Given has been successfully refloated after being stranded in the Suez Canal for almost a week, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday.... More >>>
- HCM City doctors warn against high UV index as hot weather set to peak
HCM CITY (Vietnam News/ANN) -- With the onset of a heat wave in HCM City, doctors are urging people to take preventive measures against heat-related health conditions.... More >>>
- Ukhiya Rohingya Camp: Massive fire razes homes
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Four Rohingyas, including two children and a woman, were reportedly killed and hundreds of others were injured in deadly fires that burned several thousand shanties at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar on Monday.... More >>>
- Magnitude 6.9 quake rocks northeastern Japan
JAPAN (Kyodo) -- A strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at a depth of 59 km on Saturday evening at 6:09 pm, just over a month after a quake of similar scale hit the region.... More >>>
- CNB seizes nearly US$1.7 million worth of drugs, including largest cannabis haul in 14 years
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has seized about 20.5kg of cannabis in a drug bust - the largest haul of the drug in 14 years. The two-day crackdown, which started on Tuesday (March 16), also saw officers seize about 8.3kg of heroin, about 6.4kg of crystalline methamphetamine, also known as Ice, 1,091 Ecstasy tablets and 1,000 Erimin-5 tablets from multiple locations.
The total amount of drugs seized is estimated to be worth nearly US$1.7 million and can feed 3,950 heroin abusers, 3,700 Ice abusers and 2,930 cannabis abusers for a week.... More >>>
- Mixed reaction for “green” vaccine passport in Europe
VALLETTA (Xinhua) -- The European Commission is planning to put forward its long-awaited and controversial Digital Green Pass on Wednesday, a vaccine passport designed to help Europe’s safe re opening. ... More >>>
- Sandstorm shows the power of nature
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) China has made remarkable achievements in the past two decades in the fight against desertification, however, the sandstorm that swept through a vast area of North China on Monday shows there is still a long way to go, a senior environment protection official said. ... More >>>
- Vietnam successfully clones pigs
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Vietnamese scientists have for the first time successfully cloned pigs using the somatic cells of ear tissue.... More >>>

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