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Posted 05-17-2021 09:10 PM

NEW YORK: A 193-member United Nations General Assembly vote on Tuesday (May 18) on a draft resolution calling "for an immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale or transfer of all weapons and munitions" to Myanmar has been postponed, diplomats said. A spokesman for the UN General ...

Posted 05-17-2021 06:10 PM

The slow progress of COVID-19 vaccination in Indonesia boils down to limited global vaccine supply, the unpreparedness of the national health system and vaccine hesitancy, says a lecturer.

Posted 05-17-2021 04:49 PM

The US Treasury slapped sanctions on 16 senior Myanmar officials and family members Monday, citing their support for the government's "violent and lethal attacks" against the country's pro-democracy movement.

Posted 05-17-2021 11:35 AM

SINGAPORE: The launch of the Singapore-Hong Kong air travel bubble, originally planned for May 26, will be deferred for the second time. The deferment comes amid a recent increase in unlinked COVID-19 community cases in Singapore. The country is "unable to meet the criteria to start" the air ...

Posted 05-17-2021 10:10 AM

HONG KONG: Hong Kong will tighten travel and quarantine requirements for several countries, including Singapore, Malaysia and Japan, starting from Friday (May 21). The three countries, along with Argentina, Italy, Kenya and the Netherlands, have been classified as high-risk places, announced the ...

Posted 05-17-2021 07:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: The situation at the COVID-19 quarantine centre in Serdang, Selangor, is increasingly challenging with the rise in admission of Category 3 patients, said the Selangor Health Department in response to complaints of poor conditions.  Category 3 patients are those who are symptomatic ...

Posted 05-17-2021 07:28 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's health ministry on Monday (May 17) said it may push for a total lockdown of the country's most industrialised state if current coronavirus curbs are unable to rein in a spike in new cases. The government banned social activities and travel between districts and states two ...

Posted 05-17-2021 07:16 AM

NEW DELHI: India on Monday (May 17) reported a further decline in new COVID-19 cases though daily deaths remained above 4,000 and experts warned that the count was unreliable due to a lack of testing in rural areas, where the virus is spreading fast. For months now, nowhere in the world has been ...

Posted 05-17-2021 07:10 AM

JAKARTA: The Indonesian government is preparing for a spike in COVID-19 cases after an annual exodus of thousands of people to their hometowns for Idul Fitri and tourists sites being packed with visitors over the past few days, said Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin on Monday (May 17). Speaking ...

Posted 05-17-2021 06:30 AM

AHMEDABAD: Nearly 150,000 people were moved from their homes in the Indian state of Gujarat to safety on Monday (May 17) and authorities closed ports and a main airport as the most intense cyclone in more than two decades roared up the west coast. Cyclone Tauktae has killed at least 12 people and ...

Posted 05-17-2021 05:48 AM

BANGKOK: Thailand reported on Monday (May 17) a daily record of 9,635 new COVID-19 cases, nearly three-quarters of which were prisoners infected in jail clusters, as the country struggles with a third wave of infections. The combined cases bring its total infections to 111,082. Thailand also ...

Posted 05-17-2021 04:37 AM

As Thailand struggles to deal with its worst wave of COVID-19 infections, staff in the intensive care unit of Bangkok's King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital are fearful of what may lie ahead.

Posted 05-17-2021 04:20 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian senior minister Azmin Ali is among those being probed for health protocol violations over the Hari Raya period, as the authorities acted swiftly on reports of breaches during the latest Movement Control Order (MCO).  The police received a report last Friday (May 14) ...

Posted 05-17-2021 03:05 AM

BEIJING: China's factories slowed their output growth in April and retail sales significantly missed expectations as officials warned of new problems affecting the recovery in the world's second-largest economy. While China's exporters are enjoying strong demand, global supply chain bottlenecks ...

Posted 05-17-2021 02:48 AM

TAIPEI: A surge of coronavirus infections in Taiwan, one of the world's COVID-19 mitigation success stories, has left it scrambling to get vaccines as its stock of 300,000 doses starts running out with only about 1 per cent of its 23 million people vaccinated. The island reported another 333 new ...

Posted 05-17-2021 12:59 AM

TOKYO: More than 80 per cent of Japanese oppose hosting the coronavirus-postponed Olympics this year, a new poll published on Monday (May 17) showed, with just under 10 weeks until the Tokyo Games. The latest survey comes after Japan expanded a COVID-19 state of emergency on Friday as the nation ...

Posted 05-17-2021 12:02 AM

UNITED NATIONS: China on Sunday (May 16) voiced regret that the United States was blocking a UN Security Council statement on Israeli-Palestinian violence as it urged greater international efforts to stop the bloodshed. "Regrettably, simply because of the obstruction of one country, the Security ...

Posted 05-16-2021 11:18 PM

HOLLYWOOD, Florida: Myanmar's Miss Universe contestant, Thuzar Wint Lwin, used the pageant on Sunday (May 16) to urge the world to speak out against the military junta, whose security forces have killed hundreds of opponents since it seized power in a Feb 1 coup. "Our people are dying and being ...

Posted 05-16-2021 11:00 PM

BEIJING: China's State Council announced new laws halting the teaching of foreign curriculums in schools from kindergarten to grade nine (K-9) and prohibiting the ownership or control of any private K-9 schools by foreign entities. The laws, which will come into effect on Sep 1, are the latest in ...

Posted 05-16-2021 10:30 PM

Real estate investment in China rose 21.6 per cent in the first four months of 2021 from a year earlier, cooling from a 25.6 per cent gain seen in the first three months, official data showed on Monday (May 17).

Posted 05-16-2021 10:10 PM

HONG KONG: Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy media group announced it was halting share trading on Monday (May 17), two days after authorities froze the assets of its jailed owner Jimmy Lai under a new national security law. Next Digital, which publishes the Apple Daily newspaper, said it would ...

Posted 05-16-2021 09:30 PM

SHANGHAI: China reported 25 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (May 16), up from 18 cases a day earlier and marking the highest daily increase in more than six weeks, the country's national health authority said on Monday. The National Health Commission, in a statement, said five of the new cases were ...

Posted 05-16-2021 06:35 PM

NEW YORK: The United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday (May 18) is set to consider a draft non-binding resolution calling for "an immediate suspension" of the transfer of weapons to the military junta of Myanmar, a UN official said on Sunday. Unlike Security Council resolutions, General Assembly ...

Posted 05-16-2021 05:35 PM

China on Sunday (May 16) voiced regret that the United States was blocking a UN Security Council statement on Israeli-Palestinian violence as it urged greater international efforts to stop the bloodshed.

Posted 05-16-2021 03:24 PM

A top Indian virologist has resigned from a forum of scientific advisers set up by the government to detect variants of the coronavirus, he told Reuters on Sunday (May 16), weeks after questioning the authorities' handling of the pandemic.

Posted 05-16-2021 11:59 AM

YANGON: Six opposition rebels have been killed after days of clashes in Myanmar, an anti-coup defence force made up of civilians said Sunday, as Britain and the United States condemned the military's violence against civilians. Myanmar has been in uproar since the military ousted civilian leader ...

Posted 05-16-2021 11:55 AM

Some Indian states said on Sunday they would extend COVID-19 lockdowns to help contain the pandemic, which has killed more than 270,000 people in the country, as the federal government pledged to bolster vaccine supplies.

Posted 05-16-2021 08:56 AM

NEW DELHI: India's annual budget in February was lauded by many and raised hopes it would drive a sharp economic revival, but there are now fears that its promise may fall flat as it did not account for a crippling second wave of COVID-19 infections. The budget aimed to revive Asia's third-largest ...

Posted 05-16-2021 08:39 AM

At least four people have died in torrential rain and winds as virus-hit India braces for a powerful cyclone, officials said Sunday, with tens of thousands set to be evacuated from their homes.

Posted 05-16-2021 08:18 AM

VATICAN CITY: The people of Myanmar must not despair in the face of evil or allow themselves to be divided, Pope Francis said on Sunday (May 16) at a special Mass for the Myanmar community in Italy. Myanmar's military seized power in a Feb 1 coup, derailing the country's tentative progress towards ...

Posted 05-16-2021 06:42 AM

JAKARTA: Seven Indonesians drowned after an overloaded boat capsized because of tourists attempting a selfie in a reservoir on Java island, police said on Sunday (May 16). The accident happened when all 20 passengers suddenly moved to the one side of the vessel to take a group photo on Saturday in ...

Posted 05-16-2021 05:16 AM

BENGALURU: India reported a smaller rise in daily COVID-19 cases for the third straight day on Sunday (May 16), but the number of deaths in 24 hours was higher than 4,000, taking the country's death toll to 270,000. The number of deaths grew by 4,077, while infections rose by 311,170 - the ...

Posted 05-16-2021 03:49 AM

JAKARTA: Indonesia has suspended distribution of a batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to run tests for sterility and toxicity following the death of a 22-year-old man a day after immunisation, the health ministry said on Sunday (May 16). The batch consists of 448,480 vaccine doses that ...

Posted 05-16-2021 03:11 AM

TAIPEI: Taiwan reported 206 new domestic COVID-19 cases on Sunday (May 16), as the island grapples with an increase in community infections. Authorities appealed to people to avoid panic buying as new curbs on gatherings and movement took effect to rein in the spread of COVID-19. The country ...

Posted 05-16-2021 01:40 AM

PRAYAGRAJ, India: Police are reaching out to villagers in northern India to investigate the recovery of bodies buried in shallow sand graves or washing up on the Ganges River banks, prompting speculation on social media that they were the remains of COVID-19 victims. In jeeps and boats, the police ...

Posted 05-16-2021 12:49 AM

Taiwan's economic prospects are bright and growth this year will come in as expected as long as the COVID-19 situation can be brought under control quickly, the government said on Sunday, adding that the impact of a recent spike in cases was limited.

Posted 05-15-2021 10:42 PM

Once one of the world's most powerful travel documents, the might of the United States passport has been diminished during the pandemic. With US Covid-19 cases now past the 32.4 million mark, some nations continue to view vacationers warily even as more Americans get vaccinated.

Posted 05-15-2021 07:39 PM

Nepal scales back Hindu chariot festival amid virus surge

Posted 05-15-2021 07:33 PM

India police jail 21 Kashmiris amid pro-Palestinian rallies

Posted 05-15-2021 06:10 PM

Compared to their New York counterparts, Shanghai residents pay as much for housing, but work far longer for much less pay. Telecommuting could make all the difference, says this economist.

Posted 05-15-2021 06:10 PM

JAKARTA: Indonesian entrepreneur Dion was examining a new white motorbike that he just took for a test drive.  “It was really good,” he told CNA of his experience riding the China-made electric vehicle (EV) that was being sold at a showroom in South Jakarta. “First of all, it wasn’t noisy. And ...

Posted 05-15-2021 11:07 AM

BEIJING: China has cancelled attempts to climb Mount Everest from its side of the world's highest peak because of fears of importing COVID-19 cases from neighbouring Nepal, state media reported. The closure was confirmed in a notice on Friday (May 14) from China’s General Administration of Sport ...

Posted 05-15-2021 11:06 AM

Taiwan on Saturday warned that risks for businesses have increased in Hong Kong after authorities in the international finance hub used asset freezing powers under Beijing's new national security law for the first time.

Posted 05-15-2021 11:03 AM

MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte reduced the tariff for imported rice on Saturday (May 15) to ensure food security and protect consumers in the world's biggest importer of the grain. The Southeast Asian nation, which is battling elevated inflation, took into consideration the increase ...

Posted 05-15-2021 09:40 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 44 new COVID-19 fatalities on Saturday (May 15), the country’s highest daily death toll since the start of the pandemic.  There have now been a total of 1,866 COVID-19 deaths to date. The country’s previous record was 39 deaths, which was announced just three days ...

Posted 05-15-2021 08:45 AM

MUMBAI: India reported on Saturday (May 15) its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in nearly three weeks, but deaths stayed near the 4,000-mark as the World Health Organization warned that the second year of the pandemic could be worse than the first. In the past 24 hours, India had ...

Posted 05-15-2021 08:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia and Indonesia on Saturday (May 15) called on the United Nations Security Council to intervene and stop Israel's strikes on Gaza, as the conflict between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants raged on. Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that in a phone ...

Posted 05-15-2021 07:20 AM

The CEO of Japan's top e-commerce company said Friday that it would be a "suicide mission" for the country to host the Olympic Games this summer.

Posted 05-15-2021 06:41 AM

HONG KONG: After more than seven decades in radio, a 96-year-old Hong Kong DJ bid farewell to his listeners on Saturday (May 15) with Time to Say Goodbye, sung by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli. “Well that’s it. Thank you very much for tuning in, goodbye, thank you for coming,” Ray Cordeiro ...

Posted 05-15-2021 05:48 AM

TAIPEI: Taiwan raised its COVID-19 alert level on Saturday (May 15) in the capital, Taipei, and the surrounding city, bringing curbs for a period of two weeks that will shut many venues and restrict gatherings in the wake of 180 new domestic infections. Masks are to be worn outdoors for the first ...

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