Scientists turn durian waste into bandages — and the internet has questions

A durian’s soft, yellow flesh inside its thorny green husk seen at a shop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Mohd Rasfan | AFP | Getty Images Some love it, while others loathe it. Durians are banned on all public transportation in Singapore due to their smell — which some have likened to sewage or smelly socks. … Read more

Coronavirus live: UK not seeing ‘unsustainable pressure’ on health service; India administers billionth jab

It’s a serious situation we’re in. Rising infection rates, rising hospitalisation rates, and suddenly rising death rates. And what we want to see and have pressed the government to do is to demonstrate their plan for dealing with this ahead of the winter situation. The NHS is under pressure. So, things that could have been … Read more

Coronavirus news live: Singapore reports highest ever Covid cases, UK urged to enact ‘plan B’ or risk NHS crisis

7.37am BST07:37 Vaccine mandate to be introduced for most workers in Western Australia Away from the UK for a moment, Covid-19 vaccinations will become compulsory for most Western Australian workers, including teachers and supermarket staff, by the end of the year. The premier, Mark McGowan, said the drastic step is necessary to prepare the state … Read more

Singapore’s economy grows 6.5% on year in the third quarter, missing estimates

A cyclist rides on Esplanade bridge as buildings stand in the Central Business District in Singapore on Monday, July 6, 2020. Wei Leng Tay | Bloomberg | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Singapore’s economy grew 6.5% in the third quarter of 2021 compared to a year ago, official advance estimates showed on Thursday. Analysts polled by … Read more

UK plans to beef up military deployments in Asia

Helicopters and F-35 fighter planes aboard Royal Navy flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth, docked at Changi Naval Base in Singapore. Victor Loh, CNBC SINGAPORE — The United Kingdom plans to increase its presence in the contested South China Sea and the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir … Read more

Here’s a ranking of the world’s 50 best restaurants for 2021

An annual list of the world’s 50 best restaurants is back — and for the first time, one city dominated the top two spots. Two restaurants in Copenhagen, Denmark — Noma and Geranium — ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively, at “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” awards ceremony held Tuesday in Antwerp, Belgium. This … Read more

Rising cases and deaths test Singapore’s pivot to treat Covid as endemic

SINGAPORE — Rising Covid-19 infections and deaths are testing Singapore’s long-term strategy of treating the coronavirus as endemic. Around 82% of the city-state’s population has been fully vaccinated, health ministry data showed. But a surge in Covid cases — the vast majority of which have no or mild symptoms — prompted the government to tighten … Read more

CDC raises Covid travel advisory level for Singapore and Hong Kong

People are silhouetted against Singapore Airlines Airbus planes at Changi International Airport in Singapore on October 24, 2020. Roslan Rahman | AFP | Getty Images The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday raised its travel advisories for Singapore and Hong Kong by one level each. Singapore was raised from Level 2 to … Read more

Singapore’s daily Covid cases breach 1,000 over the weekend — first time since April 2020

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 in Singapore. Maverick Asio | SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty Images SINGAPORE — Singapore reported more than 1,000 Covid cases for two straight days over the weekend —the first time infections breached that level since April 2020, at the height of … Read more

The world’s tallest observation wheel is opening in Dubai next month

Ferris wheels were once the center of the town fair. Now they are key parts of major metropolitan skylines. But none can top the heights of the Ain Dubai — meaning “Dubai Eye” in Arabic — which is scheduled to open on Oct. 21.  With a height of 820 feet, it will be the tallest … Read more