Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
"Pacific Rim," has dethroned Black Panther from the top spot of the US box office, but the superhero sensation spent the weekend becoming the highest-grossing comic book film ever in the US.
Trump pulled the US from the pact but the remaining 11 members pressed ahead, saying they were showing resolve against protectionism through global trade.
Trade ministers of 11 Pacific Rim countries say they agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership that the US abandoned in January under Trump.
President Donald Trump is likely to push for his "America First" doctrine while his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping is expected to send positive signals supporting free trade during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Vietnam.
Mount Sinabung which is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia erupts and kills more than seven as two are also under critical condition.
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