Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary as of 4:00 p.m. GMT, July 2

PHNOM PENH — The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on Saturday commended the Cambodian government for appealing for donations from the private sector and the Cambodian Red Cross to support mine clearance. Donations from wealthy patriotic Cambodians for demining have poured in since Friday at the call of Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen. … Read more

‘Very happy’ dogs rescued from 12m mine shaft in Coober Pedy

Two dogs have been rescued after they were discovered 12 meters down a mine shaft in outback Australia. Key points: Two dogs were heard whining in a mine shaft in Coober Pedy The SES has adapted its equipment to help them They ran to nearby houses after being released A Coober Pedy resident heard moaning … Read more

James Pattinson parts ways with Melbourne Renegades in final year of contract

melbourne [Australia]June 23 (ANI): Former Australian pacer James Pattinson has parted ways and abruptly ended his three-year contract with the Melbourne Renegades. Pattinson retired from international cricket last year. He made six appearances in the 2021-22 season where he claimed just three wickets before ending his season early due to injury management amid the challenge … Read more

Ragnarok Release Date Announcement Could Happen At State of Play Next Week

Sony is set to host State of Play next week, and fans believe the gaming event could be the location for the highly anticipated release date announcement for ‘God Of War: Ragnarok’. Japanese gaming giant Sony has yet to announce a date for its next State of Play, but industry insider Tom Henderson has picked … Read more

Western Australia announces direct flight path to Europe

SYDNEY, June 21 (Xinhua) — The Western Australian (WA) state government is planning the first-ever non-stop service between Australia and mainland Europe this week, hoping the route will open new ways for its tourism. The non-stop flight between Perth and Rome would take just over 16 hours and will begin with a test flight on … Read more

Western Australia announces direct flight path to Europe

SYDNEY, June 21 (Xinhua) — The Western Australian (WA) state government is planning the first-ever non-stop service between Australia and mainland Europe this week, hoping the route will open new ways for its tourism. The non-stop flight between Perth and Rome would take just over 16 hours and will begin with a test flight on … Read more

Australian government extends hospital funding as part of battle against COVID-19

CANBERRA, June 17 (Xinhua) — The Australian government has agreed to extend its coronavirus health funding model until the end of 2022. On Friday, Prime Minister (PM) Anthony Albanese chaired his first national cabinet meeting where he discussed health financing with state and territory leaders. Following the meeting, he announced that the 50/50 split of … Read more

New York state restricts gun sales amid federal debate over legislation

The New York State Legislature passed two bills in Albany on Thursday, one of which limits sales of semi-automatic rifles to people over 21. The bill also provides for the obligation for people who buy a semi-automatic firearm to have a licence. The bill passed the New York State Senate 43-20. Passing the bill means … Read more

Dramatic change in winter viruses amid pandemic, Australian research shows

SYDNEY, May 31 (Xinhua) — Researchers from the University of Sydney have conducted a study that revealed how the pandemic has altered normal winter viruses in Australia and could lead to the emergence of unique off-season variants. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications and made public on Tuesday, showed that respiratory syncytial virus … Read more