For oddsmakers, the fact that the Lakers have lost eight of their last 11 outings and, in the process, tumbled to seventh in the highly competitive Western Conference matters little. As far as they’re concerned, there is no cause to change betting variables that place the defending champions first or second on the list of legitimate contenders for the Larry ...

A woman holds a baby outside a supermarket in Qinzhou, Guangxi province, China, April 12, 2021. -- REUTERS/THOMAS PETERBEIJING -- China's population grew at its slowest since the 1950s as births declined, sowing doubt over Beijing's ability to power its economy as it succumbs to the same ageing trends afflicting developed nations like Japan. With growth having ebbed ever since ...

A general view shows tourists on the sandy beaches outside the Seychelles capital Victoria Jan. 17, 2009. -- REUTERS/RICHARD LOUGH SEYCHELLES, which has vaccinated more of its population against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) than any other country, saw active cases more than double in the week to May 7, raising concerns that inoculation is not helping turn the tide in ...

REUTERS KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia on Monday imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system. The new measures come just ahead of this week's Eid al-Fitr festival, meaning that millions of Malaysians will have to forgo for a second year ...

BENGALURU – India’s coronavirus crisis showed scant sign of easing on Tuesday, with a seven-day average of new cases at a record high and international heath authorities warning the country’s variant of the virus poses a global concern. India’s daily coronavirus cases rose by 329,942, while deaths from the disease rose by 3,876, according to the health ministry. India’s total ...

TAIPEI – Taiwan accused China on Tuesday of “maliciously” blocking its access to the World Health Organization (WHO) and putting politics above people’s well-being, after Beijing signalled it would not allow the island to attend a major WHO meeting. The United States and the rich-nation Group of Seven (G7) have called for Chinese-claimed but democratically ruled Taiwan to attend the ...

MANILA – The Philippines has detected its first two cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in India, its health ministry said on Tuesday. The World Health Organziation has classified the coronavirus variant, known as B.1.617, as a variant of global concern with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily. The variant had been confirmed in two Filipino ...

THE PHILIPPINE economy extended its streak of decline to five straight quarters, making it the longest recession since the Marcos era when economic output shrank for nine consecutive quarters from 1983 to 1985. The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 4.2% in the first quarter, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported earlier this morning. The latest result was slower than ...

CROPS OUTPUT, which made up 59% of the agriculture sector’s total production, jumped 3.3% in the first quarter. — PHILIPPINE STAR/ MICHAEL VARCAS THE COUNTRY’S agricultural output shrank by an annual 3.3% in the first quarter, as livestock and poultry production contracted, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Monday. In a statement, the PSA said the value of production ...