REUTERS MELBOURNE -- Australia's Victoria state reported 779 new COVID-19 infections and two deaths on Sunday, off the previous day's record high as the country's prime minister presses state leaders to be ready to reopen once they meet vaccination targets. The daily increase was still the state's second-highest, after the 847 cases logged on Saturday, as officials battle to contain ...

PIXABAY TWO of the world's largest Bitcoin exchanges have halted new registrations for Chinese users, taking one of the first actions to comply with Beijing's latest crypto ban. Exchange operators Huobi and Binance have stopped letting traders use mainland China mobile numbers to register new accounts, after the People's Bank of China said Friday all crypto-related transactions will be considered ...

REUTERS THE RECORD spike in energy prices could hardly have come at a worse time for Europe's ambitious new climate plan, with politicians just beginning to talk about how they're going to implement the world's most sweeping emissions-cutting strategy. The energy crisis is threatening double-digit increases in consumer electricity bills months before the winter freeze and it's also squeezing industrial ...

The Philippines' balance of payment position (BoP) hit $1.044 billion in August, the highest in four months, due to increased special drawing rights (SDR) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). This was 58% higher than a year earlier and 62% more month on month, the central bank said in a statement on Friday. "The BoP surplus in August was due ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS Consumers were less pessimistic in the third quarter as more jobs opened up, but business sentiment turned sour amid a fresh surge in coronavirus infections, according to the Philippine central bank. The consumer confidence index improved to -19.3% from -30.9% in the second quarter, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas said on Friday. On the other hand, ...

BW FILE PHOTO The Philippine central bank fully awarded the short-term securities it sold at an auction on Friday, even as rates rose on growing inflation fears. The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) raised P110 billion in one-month bills, with total bids hitting P125.35 billion. The auction was 1.14 times oversubscribed. The short-term debt fetched an average rate of 1.723%, ...

BONGBONG MARCOS FB PAGE The party founded by the late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, Sr. has nominated his only son and namesake as its presidential bet for the 2022 elections. Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, which was founded in 1978, announced its selection of former Senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" R. Marcos, Jr. at a national convention in Binangonan, Rizal on Friday days after ...

PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS By Bianca Angelica D. Anago, Reporter The Philippines reported 18,659 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 2.45 million. The Department of Health (DoH) did not report any deaths, citing technical issues while recoveries increased by 9,088 to 2.24 million. There were 175,324 active cases, 88.1% of which were mild, 6.9% did not show symptoms, ...

The government bought millions of expired and substandard face shields for healthcare professionals from a private company that was awarded more than P8 billion in contracts, a senator said on Friday. "Already disadvantaged in benefits, and now our healthcare workers are also disadvantaged in their protective equipment," Senator Ana Theresia N. Hontiveros-Baraquel in Filipino in a statement. "There is no ...

PHILSTAR The House of Representatives on Friday approved on second reading a bill that seeks to extend voter registration until Oct. 31. Congressmen approved House Bill 10261 after the Commission on Elections (Comelec) refused to extend the Sept. 30 deadline. The Senate approved a counterpart bill on second reading on Wednesday. Election officials told senators on Thursday they could extend ...