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Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

Asia Today: Philippine cases hit 500K amid vaccine struggles

MANILA, Philippines — Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 500,000 in a new bleak milestone with the government facing criticism for failing to immediately launch a vaccination program amid a global scramble for COVID-19 vaccine

EU gender pay gap still significant, warn trade unions

BRUSSELS — Women in Europe doing jobs requiring the same skills as jobs done by men are still being paid significantly less, according to a study by the the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).
Upbeat entrepreneurs signal improved investment intentions for 2021: Survey

Upbeat entrepreneurs signal improved investment intentions for 2021: Survey

MONTREAL — A growing number of Canadian entrepreneurs say they plan to invest more in 2021 than they did last year as the vaccine rollout, improving cash flow and a quick rebound in some sectors buoys optimism for the year ahead.
12 workers trapped week ago in China mine blast are alive

12 workers trapped week ago in China mine blast are alive

BEIJING — Chinese state media say 12 out of 22 workers trapped for a week by an explosion in a gold mine are alive, as hundreds of rescuers seek to bring them to safety.
N. Korea's parliament rubber stamps new development plans

N. Korea's parliament rubber stamps new development plans

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament has passed decisions made by a major ruling party meeting where leader Kim Jong Un vowed to bolster his nuclear deterrent and established plans to salvage the country's battered econom
Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

Japan's PM vows Olympics will be proof of victory over virus

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga vowed Monday to get the pandemic under control and hold the already postponed Olympics this summer with ample coronavirus protection.
SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

SKorean court gives Samsung scion prison term over bribery

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Billionaire Samsung scion Lee Jae-yong was sent back to prison on Monday after a South Korean court handed him a two and a half-year sentence for his involvement in a 2016 corruption scandal that spurred massive protests a
Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week

Prada intros anti-uniform during all-digital Fashion Week

MILAN — No traffic jams, no rush to the next venue, no front rows — not even socially distanced.
Oilpatch woes boost Calgary's downtown office vacancy rates to record levels

Oilpatch woes boost Calgary's downtown office vacancy rates to record levels

CALGARY — Vacancies in Calgary's downtown office towers have risen to record levels and there's no landlord relief in sight with almost one in three offices sitting empty and sublets accounting for a quarter of available spaces on the market.
Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week

TORONTO — Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world in the coming week: Virtual Roundup The Association for Mineral Exploration opens its annual Roundup conference on Monday in an all-virtual format.
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