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Unilever New Zealand to trial four-day working week

Consumer goods company says all 81 employees will be paid for five days but work four in 12-month experimentThe consumer goods company Unilever is poised to try out a four-day working week for all its New Zealand employees.Unilever said all 81 staff members at its offices across New Zealand would be able to participate in the trial, starting next week and running for 12 months until December next year. The employees would be paid for five days while working just four. Continue reading...
Tags: New Zealand, Asia Pacific, World news


Coronavirus live news: Brazil records 287 new Covid deaths; WHO urges caution over festive gatherings

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 10.19pm GMT Here’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addressing a press briefing earlier, where he said the festive perio...
Tags: Europe, Science, Mexico, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Brazil, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Australian politics live: Queensland border reopens; Morrison condemns China tweet

Queensland tourism operators hope reopening of border to Victoria and Sydney will help economic recovery; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet; Reserve Bank board to meet – follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 9.23pm GMT Penny Wong appeared on ABC News Breakfast th...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Coronavirus live news: WHO urges caution over festive gatherings; Turkey imposes new curfews

Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figure, and Croatia’s PM tests positiveModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsSee all our coronavirus coverage 7.38pm GMT Spending time with friends and family at Christmas is “not worth putting them or yourself at risk”, acc...
Tags: Europe, Science, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Colombia, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Croatia, Who, World Health Organization


Coronavirus live news: Turkey imposes strict new curfews as cases surge; Italy's death toll rises by 672

Turkey announces weekday curfew and weekend lockdown; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 6.25pm GMT Algerian president Abdelmadjid Tebboune has left a ...
Tags: Europe, Science, Germany, UK News, World news, Turkey, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Coronavirus, Tebboune


Coronavirus live news: Moderna to seek US and EU approval for vaccine; Italy records 672 new Covid-related deaths

Moderna reports a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases; Italy reports 672 new Covid-related deaths, a rise on Sunday’s figureModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmExperts warn of cases surge after widespread Thanksgiving travelSpain appeals for ‘common sense’ after shopping crowd scenesSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsUK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 4.50pm GMT The World Health Organization’s director-...
Tags: Europe, Science, US, Eu, Spain, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Microbiology, World Health Organization, Canary Islands


Coronavirus live news: Moderna to seek US and EU approval for vaccine; Hong Kong limits gatherings to two people

Moderna reports a 100% success rate in preventing severe cases; Hong Kong tightening comes after schools closed for in-person learning for rest of yearModerna Covid vaccine has 94% efficacy, final results confirmFauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?UK coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage 1.16pm GMT The US Transportation Security Ad...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Science, US, Eu, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Oman, Gulf, US Transportation Security Administration


Coronavirus live news: Hong Kong limits gatherings to two people; Fauci warns of 'surge upon surge' of US cases

Hong Kong move comes after schools closed for in-person learning for rest of year; US reports more than 143,000 new cases; 1,200 deathsFauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingSri Lanka prisoners killed in riot over coronavirus conditionsLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin storySee all our coronavirus coverage 12.16pm GMT Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen has banned wedding parties and gatherings...
Tags: Hong Kong, Europe, Science, China, US, UK News, World news, US news, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology, Wuhan, Hun Sen, Fauci


China rejects Australian PM's call to apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

Scott Morrison says China should be ‘totally ashamed’ of digitally altered image depicting Australian soldier posted by foreign ministryChina’s foreign ministry has rejected calls from the Australian prime minister to apologise over an inflammatory tweet over war crimes allegations, insisting it is Australia that should be saying sorry for the loss of life in Afghanistan.The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, had demanded the Chinese government apologise and take down a “repugnant” forei...
Tags: Australia, China, Australia news, Afghanistan, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Brereton report


The rubber duck revolution – in pictures

Ducks have become a symbol of Thailand’s pro-democracy protests in Bangkok after demonstrators used them as shields against police water cannon and teargas Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, News photography, Bangkok


Australian PM demands China apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

Scott Morrison says China should be ‘totally ashamed’ of digitally altered image depicting Australian soldier posted by foreign ministryThe Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has demanded the Chinese government apologise and take down a “repugnant” foreign ministry tweet that depicted an Australian soldier cutting the throat of a civilian in Afghanistan.As the outrage over the digitally altered image threatened to sink already tense relations between the two countries to a new low, Morri...
Tags: China, Australia news, Afghanistan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Brereton report


New Zealand media giant Stuff apologises for 'racist' past reporting

Outlet promises to ‘do better in the future’, admitting that it seldom treated Māori fairlyNew Zealand media giant Stuff has issued a public apology for its portrayal of Māori it says has ranged from blinkered to racist, from its first editions until now.Its mea culpa follows an investigation by 20 of its journalists into its journalism throughout its history. Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Maori, Māori fairlyNew Zealand


Coronavirus live news: Fauci warns of 'surge upon surge' in US cases after Thanksgiving

Turkey suffers seventh straight day of record deaths; Lebanon to slowly relax restrictions; New York begins reopening schools. Fauci warns of ‘surge upon surge’ in US cases after ThanksgivingLife after Covid: will our world ever be the same?A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin storySee all our coronavirus coverage 12.18am GMT Dr Fauci also said the arrival of vaccines offers a “light at the end of the tunnel”, AP reports. This coming week, the Advisory Committee on Im...
Tags: Europe, New York, Science, Nbc, Abc, China, US, UK News, World news, Turkey, Joe Biden, US news, Ap, Medical Research, Asia Pacific, Middle East and North Africa


White Island volcano: New Zealand authorities charge 13 parties over disaster

Ten parties charged under health and safety laws and three charged as directors or individuals over Whakaari explosion which killed 22New Zealand’s workplace safety watchdog has charged 13 parties as part of its investigation into last December’s White Island/Whakaari volcano eruption, according to reports. Twenty two people died in the disaster.Ten parties face charges under the Health and Safety at Work Act which carries a maximum fine of $1.5m (US$1.06m). Continue reading...
Tags: World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, White Island, White Island Whakaari, White Island volcano, 22New Zealand


Thai protesters march to royal guard barracks in Bangkok

Pro-democracy rallies have raised pressure on Thailand’s royalty and military in past weekThousands of protesters marched to a barracks belonging to Thailand’s royal guards in Bangkok on Sunday, demanding that King Maha Vajiralongkorn give up control of some army regiments, the latest show of defiance against the country’s powerful monarchy and the military.The protest comes after days of rallies in the Thai capital, where a student-led pro-democracy movement that emerged in July has intensified...
Tags: World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Bangkok, Maha Vajiralongkorn


Indonesian volcano Mount Ili Lewotolok erupts, closing airport

No injuries have been reported, but authorities have created an exclusion zone around the craterIndonesia’s Mount Ili Lewotolok erupted on Sunday, releasing a column of smoke and ash 2.5 miles(4km) into the sky, triggering a flight warning and the closure of the local airport.There were no reports of injuries or damage from the eruption in a remote part of the south-east Asian archipelago. Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, World news, Asia Pacific, Volcanoes, Mount Ili Lewotolok


China hopes ‘vaccine diplomacy’ will restore its image and boost its influence

Trading allies such as Brazil are at the head of the queue for Beijing’s huge drug distribution programme Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThere was no VIP on board the plane from China that arrived in São Paulo airport earlier this month, but the state governor, João Doria, nonetheless led a high-level welcome delegation gathered on the tarmac.The masked dignitaries were there to mark the arrival of seven refrigerated containers of vaccines, posing for official photos...
Tags: Health, China, Americas, Society, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Brazil, Vaccines and immunisation, Sao Paulo, Doria, João Doria, Coronavirus


A year after Wuhan alarm, China seeks to change Covid origin story

Reports in state media signal an intensifying propaganda effort to place the birth of the virus in other countriesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNearly a year after doctors identified the first cases of a worrying new disease in the Chinese city of Wuhan, the country appears to be stepping up a campaign to question the origins of the global Covid-19 pandemic.State media has been reporting intensively on coronavirus discovered on packaging of frozen food imports, not ...
Tags: Media, China, World news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Wuhan, Coronavirus


WTO complaint ‘next step’ in tariff dispute between Australia and China, trade minister says

Trade conflicts threaten global confidence as world economy struggles to recover from pandemic, Simon Birmingham saysThe Australian government is continuing its tough talk against Beijing’s trade impositions with the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, giving the strongest indication yet that Canberra will take its complaints to the World Trade Organization.China first announced it believed Australian wine was being dumped in China in August and last week the Chinese ministry of commerce announced...
Tags: Australia, China, International Trade, Australia news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, WTO, Canberra, Simon Birmingham, World Trade Organization China, Australian foreign policy


Welcome to the Biden administration: what do the key picks mean for Australia?

From China tensions to climate change to economic recovery, Australia and the US have a rocky road to travel together in 2021The arrival of the Biden administration could change some of the “atmospherics” in the tense relationship between the US and China, Australian prime minister Scott Morrison suggested this week. As the Australian government seeks to navigate its own rocky ties with China, the prospect of constructive talks with the US is likely to be welcomed in Canberra. Related: Austral...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, China, Environment, US, Australia news, Joe Biden, US foreign policy, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Biden, Australian foreign policy


China increases coal import quotas but Australia likely to be excluded

China’s foreign ministry says Australia needs to show ‘mutual respect’China’s foreign ministry has warned Australia to handle the bilateral relationship with “mutual respect and equality” after it imposed “devastating” tariffs of up to 201% on Australia wines.It comes as the country increases its coal import quotas for 2020 by about 20m tonnes but is very likely to exclude Australia, which has hundreds of millions of tonnes anchored off the Chinese coast in a deepening trade dispute with Beijing...
Tags: Australia, China, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Beijing Continue


Ancient 40ft-long whale skeleton discovered in Thailand

Scientists hope remains will deepen understanding of Bryde’s whale evolutionA whale skeleton thought to be up to 5,000 years old has been discovered, almost perfectly preserved, by researchers in Thailand.The skeleton, believed to be a Bryde’s whale, was found in Samut Sakhon, west of Bangkok. Researchers have excavated 80% of the remains and have so far identified 19 complete vertebrae, five ribs, a shoulder blade and fins. The skeleton measures 12 metres (39ft), with a three-metre-long skull. ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Environment, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Wildlife, Marine Life, Evolution, Whales, Cetaceans, Bangkok, Samut Sakhon, Bryde


Pig guts fly in offal fight over meat imports in Taiwan's parliament

Opposition party’s ‘disgusting’ protest prompts scuffle in Taipei legislative yuanParliamentarians in Taiwan have thrown pig guts at each other before coming to blows over plans to allow US meat imports.Members of the opposition Chinese nationalist party (KMT) brought the offal to the legislative yuan on Friday in the latest of daily protests during parliamentary sittings. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, US, International Trade, Economics, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Farming, Global Economy, Taipei, Meat Industry, Kmt


Taiwan politicians throw pig guts at each other in row over US meat imports

Opposition party’s ‘disgusting’ offal protest prompts scuffle in Taipei legislative yuanParliamentarians in Taiwan have thrown pig guts at each other before coming to blows over plans to allow US meat imports.Members of the opposition Chinese nationalist party (KMT) brought the offal to the legislative yuan on Friday in the latest of daily protests during parliamentary sittings. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Business, US, International Trade, Economics, World news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Farming, Global Economy, Taipei, Meat Industry, Kmt


Will everyone in the world have access to a Covid vaccine? – video explainer

The hunt for a coronavirus vaccine is showing promise but it is premature to say the end of the pandemic is nigh. Several rich countries have signed a 'frenzy of deals' that could prevent many poor nations from getting access to immunisation until at least 2024. Also, many drug firms are potentially refusing to waive patents and other intellectual property rights in order to secure exclusive rights to any cure.Michael Safi, the Guardian's international correspondent, explains why 'vaccine nation...
Tags: Health, China, India, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Poverty, Medical Research, Canada, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Global development, World Health Organization, Pharmaceuticals industry, Vaccines and immunisation


Samoa records its first Covid-19 case – imported from Australia

A repatriation flight has brought the first case to the Pacific archipelago, which has successfully kept the virus from its shores for 11 monthsSamoa has confirmed its first case of coronavirus – a case imported from Australia – after nearly 11 months keeping Covid from its shores.The positive case was detected in a 70-year-old Samoan citizen who travelled to Apia from Melbourne, landing in the capital on a repatriation flight on 13 November. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Melbourne, Pacific, Samoa, Apia, Pacific Islands, Coronavirus


Virus spread in France showing signs of slowing – as it happened

Daily cases continue to fall in France; health campaigners fear Africa will have to wait until mid-2021 for vaccine; weddings banned and cafes closed in CroatiaScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?See all our coronavirus coverage 12.26am GMT We’re closing this blog now but you can car...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Africa, US, UK News, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Coronavirus, Jessica Murray, Oxford University AstraZeneca


Coronavirus live news: virus spread in France showing signs of slowing; fears Africa may be at back of vaccine queue

Daily cases continue to fall in France; health campaigners fear Africa will have to wait until mid-2021 for vaccine; weddings banned and cafes closed in CroatiaScrutiny grows over Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccineUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?See all our coronavirus coverage 7.31pm GMT The World Health Organization’s top emergenc...
Tags: Europe, Science, France, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, World Health Organization, Mike Ryan, RTE, Coronavirus, Jessica Murray, Oxford University AstraZeneca


Chinese fishing plant in Torres Strait raises alarm for Australian industry and islanders

Processing plant on a Papua New Guinean island may bring more commercial pressure on fisheries in areas where regulation is uncertain A $200m Chinese-built fishery plant planned for a Papua New Guinean island could allow Chinese-backed commercial vessels to fish legally in the Torres Strait, and has raised concerns about unregulated fishing in the same waters, potentially threatening the Australian industry and local PNG fishers.China’s ministry of commerce this month announced a $527m kina (A$2...
Tags: Food, China, Environment, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Marine Life, Queensland, Fishing, Papua New Guinea, Torres Strait Islands, PNG, Pacific Islands, Torres Strait, Papua New Guinean, Papua New Guinean island


Coronavirus live news: fears African vaccinations may not start until mid-2021; Croatia closes all restaurants

Health campaigners fear Africa near the back of queue for vaccines; weddings also banned in Croatia; Swedish royals test positiveUS cases, hospitalisations and deaths rise amid Thanksgiving rushSurge of Aids-related deaths feared as Covid pandemic puts gains at riskChristmas and Covid: is mixing households a good idea?See all our coronavirus coverage 4.22pm GMT Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen was moved to tears on Thursday when visiting a mink farmer who lost his herd following th...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Africa, UK News, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, Infectious Diseases, Italy, Croatia, Denmark, Frederiksen, Mette Frederiksen, Coronavirus, COVID



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