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Coronavirus: France deploys high-speed trains in fight against Covid-19

The high-speed train whooshing past historic World War I battle sites and through the chateau-speckled Loire Valley carried a delicate cargo: 20 critically ill Covid-19 patients and the breathing machines helping keep them alive.The TGV-turned-mobile-intensive-care-unit is just one piece of France’s nationwide mobilisation of trains, helicopters, jets and even a warship, deployed to relieve congested…

Minors arrested during protests mostly victims exploited by others, Hong Kong’s deputy police chief says

Many of the minors arrested during anti-government protests were goaded into taking part by online messages and were actually victims of their own poor judgment, Hong Kong’s top police operations commander told the Post in an exclusive interview.But among the people who did deserve blame were politicians who had “exploited” youths for their own gain,…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong may have to impose wider lockdown, government adviser says, amid warnings of third wave of outbreak

Hong Kong may have to impose a wider lockdown and close all non-essential businesses for several weeks, a senior government adviser has said, amid warnings of a “third wave” of coronavirus infections by a top epidemiologist.Bernard Chan’s remark, aired on a prerecorded radio programme on Sunday, came as a mother of a six-week-old baby boy,…

Coronavirus: Trump may take unproven drug that could be ‘so beautiful’

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday he “may” take the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, despite no evidence the drug is effective and safe for preventing or treating the coronavirus.He also suggested that his doctors have not yet prescribed him the drug, but said he would ask them about it.“If it were me – in…

Coronavirus: Trump may take unproven drug that could be ‘so beautiful’

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday he “may” take the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, despite no evidence the drug is effective and safe for preventing or treating the coronavirus.He also suggested that his doctors have not yet prescribed him the drug, but said he would ask them about it.“If it were me – in…

1MDB: Malaysia’s change in government sees whistle-blower flee, banker too scared to return

Malaysia’s recent change of government has driven a whistle-blower from the Southeast Asian country to Switzerland, while Pascal Najadi, the son of murdered banker Hussain Najadi, has said he is too scared to return to Malaysia. Despite fleeing, whistle-blower Xavier Justo has vowed not to give up his fight against the corruption and money laundering…

1MDB: Malaysia’s change in government sees whistle-blower flee, banker too scared to return

Malaysia’s recent change of government has driven a whistle-blower from the Southeast Asian country to Switzerland, while Pascal Najadi, the son of murdered banker Hussain Najadi, has said he is too scared to return to Malaysia. Despite fleeing, whistle-blower Xavier Justo has vowed not to give up his fight against the corruption and money laundering…

Desperate Thai sex workers like ‘Pim’ risk Covid-19 death just to pay rent

A shutdown to contain the coronavirus has killed Thailand’s party scene and forced sex workers like Pim out of bars and onto desolate streets. She’s scared but desperately needs customers to pay her rent.Red-light districts from Bangkok to Pattaya have gone quiet with night clubs and massage parlours closed and tourists blocked from entering the…

Philanthropists step up citizens’ diplomacy with gifts even as US, Chinese diplomats play the blame game amid coronavirus pandemic

Chinese philanthropists are stepping up their donation of protective gear, essential medical and diagnostic kits to the United States, Europe and Asian countries, despite rising acrimony between diplomats and government officials looking to pin blame amid the world’s worst pandemic in decades.The private foundations of Jack Ma and Joe Tsai, co-founders of this newspaper’s owner…