Thu, 21 Jan 2021

SEOUL -- Visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Speaker of South Korea's National Assembly Park Byeong-seug here on Friday and both sides agreed to push for further development of bilateral relations between their countries.

Wang said that China has full confidence in South Korea's overcoming COVID-19 and has high expectations for enhancing China-South Korea strategic cooperation in post-pandemic times. (S. Korea-China-Ties)

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MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines on Friday reported 1,631 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection, bringing the total number in the country to 425,918.

The DOH said 370 more patients recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 387,616. The death toll climbed to 8,255 after 46 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government said on Friday that a new round of coronavirus antibody tests on some 15,000 people will be finished by the end of this year, as the government seeks to better grasp the scale of the pandemic's spread in the country.

Health Minister Norihisa Tamura told a press conference that the tests will take place in Tokyo, Osaka and three other prefectures including Miyagi, Aichi and Fukuoka. (Japan-Antibody Tests)

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NEW DELHI -- A MiG-29K trainer fighter aircraft belonging to Indian navy crashed into the Arabian sea, following which a pilot went missing, officials said Friday.

Another pilot onboard was rescued. (India-Air Crash)

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