Data from China's central bank shows that loans to the property sector increased at a slower pace in the first quarter of the year.
China's outstanding property loans were up nearly 11 percent from a year earlier, amid strict rules for home purchases to curb risk.
The People's Bank of China says outstanding credit reached 50 trillion yuan, or about 7.7 trillion US dollars in the period between January and March.
The growth rate was 0.6 points lower than that at the end of last year.
China's policymakers have vowed to ensure stability in the property market and prevent housing speculation.
Singapore announced a series of stringent measures in a bid to curb rising coronavirus infections.
Starting Saturday, all new travelers arriving from high-risk countries will have to quarantine for 21 days, instead of 14.
The move comes after Singapore found the double mutant variant of the coronavirus first detected in India among locally transmitted cases.
The variant has been widely blamed for the rapid rise of infections in India, and the World Health Organization has classified it as a variant of interest.
The defense attorney for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing George Floyd has requested a new trial.
A document filed by Derek Chauvin's attorney says the court abused its discretion on several points and that the verdict should be impeached because of jury misconduct.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd in May last year.
Evidence at trial showed that Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck for 9 and a half minutes as the Black man said he couldn't breathe and then went motionless.
France's lower house of parliament has approved a sweeping climate bill aimed at lowering carbon emissions.
It includes measures to support renovations of buildings that use too much energy, and it encourages greener transport.
Short domestic flights will be banned when trips can be done by train in under two-and-a-half hours, and sales of certain high-emissions vehicles will stop.
It also creates a new criminal offense — "ecocide" — for the most serious cases of environmental damage at the national level.
Transgressors will be liable to up to 10 years in prison and a fine of 4.5 million euros, or 5.4 million U.S. dollars.
U.S. President Joe Biden says he expects to hold a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Europe in June.
Biden will attend the Group of Seven Summit in the U.K. from June 11 to 13, and hold bilateral meetings with G7 leaders. He will then travel to Brussels to participate in the NATO Summit on June 14.
Biden has proposed a summit with Putin in Europe this summer to address a range of bilateral issues.
Relations between Washington and Moscow have been adversarial in recent years.
The two were bitterly divided over Ukraine and cybersecurity issues, and they mutually accused the other of domestic political interference.
The track on Mexico City's new Line 12 collapsed, plunging a train onto a busy road below, killing at least 24 people and injuring 79 others.
The crash has raised wider questions about safety on one of the world's busiest metro systems, which carries millions of people daily.
Authorities say the structure of the wrecked metro line will undergo new inspections to determine the quality of the materials and the construction conditions.