Russian, Indonesian presidents discuss Ukraine, food supplies

Russian President Vladimir Putin (right) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo shake hands after a joint news conference after their meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on June 30, 2022. (ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO, POOL / AP PHOTO) MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Thursday discussed the current situation in […]

Expert: France’s new COVID wave expected to peak end-July

People queue outside the Stade de France stadium, which has been converted into a temporary COVID-19 vaccination site, in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, April 6, 2021. (THOMAS SAMSON / POOL VIA AP) BRUSSELS / SAO PAULO / COPENHAGEN / OTTAWA / SAN SALVADOR / BELGRADE / ADDIS ABABA / WINDHOEK / PARIS – A new wave in France of COVID-19 infections fuelled by […]

BioNTech, Pfizer to start testing universal COVID-19 vaccine

In this file photo taken on January 10, 2022, a health worker shows a vial of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus disease COVID-19 at a vaccination center in Santiago. (JAVIER TORRES / AFP) BRUSSELS / SAO PAULO / COPENHAGEN / OTTAWA / SAN SALVADOR / BELGRADE / ADDIS ABABA / WINDHOEK – Germany's BioNTech, Pfizer's partner in COVID-19 vaccines, said the […]

Samsung to start mass production of 3-nanometer chips in global first

SEOUL (BLOOMBERG) – Samsung Electronics kicked off mass production of 3-nanometer (nm) chips that are more powerful and efficient than predecessors, beating rival Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to a key milestone in the race to build the most advanced chips in the world. South Korea’s largest company will begin with 3nm semiconductors for high-performance […]

Letter: EU chief can’t find texts with Pfizer head on vaccine deal

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the College of Commissioners at EU headquarters in Brussels, June 17, 2022. (GEERT VANDEN WIJNGAERT / AP) BRUSSELS / SAO PAULO / COPENHAGEN / OTTAWA / SAN SALVADOR / BELGRADE / ADDIS ABABA / WINDHOEK – European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen is no longer […]

Axiata, Telenor win approval to form Malaysia’s top mobile operator

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Malaysia’s communications regulator on Wednesday (June 29) approved a merger between the mobile operations of Axiata Group and Norway’s Telenor ASA, in a deal that will form the South-east Asian country’s biggest player in the sector. Telenor’s Digi.Com and Celcom Axiata are Malaysia’s second- and third-largest mobile service operators, respectively, and […]

Temasek’s ST Telemedia said to be among potential bidders for Time Dotcom’s data centres

KUALA LUMPUR (BLOOMBERG) – Temasek’s ST Telemedia Globe Data Centres and US-based investors DigitalBridge Group, I Squared Capital-owned BDx and Equinix are among potential suitors for the data centre business of Malaysia’s Time Dotcom, according to sources familiar with the matter. The suitors are conducting due diligence on the assets, known as Aims Data Centre, as […]

NATO bulks up in major overhaul

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg arrives for a media conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 15, 2022. (OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP) NATO will dramatically increase the ranks of its high-readiness forces from 40,000 to 300,000 as part of the biggest overhaul of its collective deterrence and defense since the Cold War, the trans-Atlantic alliance's […]

African nation looks to Singapore firms to help develop $1.6b power plant

SINGAPORE – Eswatini, an African country with a population of just over one million people, is looking to work with Singapore companies to help it develop a US$1.2 billion (S$1.66 billion) integrated power project. The aim is to produce up to 300MW of electricity to meet domestic demand by 2025, its Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade said on […]

E. African initiative seeks to tap bioeconomy potential

The East African Community on Friday unveiled its Regional Bioeconomy Strategy at the EAC Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. The strategy is aimed at making use of the region's abundant natural resources to develop the bioeconomy. The strategy will offer an opportunity for partner states to achieve their individual aspirations, making use of the region's underutilized […]