Frontlines moving in ‘Battle of the Donbas’ as Ukraine mounts counter-offensive

KYIV, Ukraine – A Ukrainian counteroffensive was underway near the Russian-held town of Izium, but its military reported on Sunday, May 15, that Russian forces were advancing elsewhere in the Donbas region, which has become the main theater of war over the past month. Having resisted fiercely since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, … Read more

Shanghai hunkers down for final COVID battle, Beijing outbreak stubborn

‘Nerves are frayed and people have no end goal to look forward to,’ says a resident SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai was tightening its COVID-19 lockdown for what it hoped would be the final week of its battle with the virus before it could gradually begin to ease restrictions, while Beijing kept fighting its much smaller … Read more

Marcos, Robredo wage final campaign battle in NCR

MANILA, Philippines – The two top candidates vying for the presidency on May 9, 2022, will end months of campaigning in the country’s seat power: the National Capital Region. On May 7, Bongbong Marcos Jr., running mate Davao Mayor Sara Duterte and their Senate bets – the de facto administration slate – will hold their … Read more

US abortion battle reignites as Supreme Court signals it will overturn Roe v. Wade

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – America’s decades-old battle over abortion rights exploded anew on Tuesday, May 3, as the Supreme Court confirmed a decision that signaled it will soon overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. President Joe Biden denounced the expected move as “radical” as Democrats in Washington and in … Read more

Setback for Shanghai’s COVID-19 battle; Beijing focus on mass testing

The Omicron variant tests China’s ‘zero-COVID’ policy this year, an important one for President Xi Jinping who is expected to secure a precedent-breaking third leadership term China’s commercial capital of Shanghai was dealt a blow on Monday, May 2, as authorities reported 58 new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas while Beijing pressed on with testing … Read more

Shanghai hits key milestone in COVID battle as China cases fall

Shanghai said it detected no new COVID-19 cases outside quarantine areas for Friday, April 29, a key milestone in its battle to contain the virus, which has paralysed the city of 25 million and seen Beijing scramble to avert a similar crisis. Scenes of homes and buildings in China’s most populous city being caged to … Read more

Philippine ‘Avengers’ battle disinformation before election

At St. Francis of Assisi church in Manila, as parishioners kneel and bow their heads in prayer at Sunday mass, the lector appeals for a safe, peaceful and honest presidential election. The prayer – recited in Tagalog or English to a nation of some 85 million Catholics – also seeks deliverance from “dishonesty, lies and … Read more

Hopes rise in Shanghai’s battle against COVID-19 as 2 districts report no new cases

SHANGHAI, China – Shanghai reported on Wednesday, April 20, no new cases of COVID-19 outside quarantined areas in two districts, raising hopes that the tide was turning in its battle against the epidemic, with some factories around the city making a gradual return to work. In an event highly-publicized on state media, electric car company … Read more

Tottenham and Manchester United set to battle it out for England international

Tottenham and Manchester United are set to do battle over the services of England international goalkeeper Sam Johnstone this summer, according to reports. The West Bromwich Albion shot-stopper is out of contract in the summer, and is not expected to sign a new deal with the Midlands outfit, leaving on a free in July. And … Read more