Singapore News Asia Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:28:22 +0800China tackles COVID-19 pandemic with mass construction once again
BEIJING: A sprawling quarantine centre of more than 4,000 rooms is being thrown up in northern China in response to a COVID-19 outbreak in Shijiazhuang, a city of more than 10 million people in Hebei province.
Satellite images from the European Spa...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:18:10 +0800Pfizer requests South Korea approval of COVID-19 vaccines ahead of February rollout
SEOUL: Drugmaker Pfizer has filed an application seeking approval of its COVID-19 vaccines to be used in South Korea as the country gears up to begin inoculations next month, authorities said on Monday (Jan 25).
The Ministry of Food and Drug Safety...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 17:03:39 +0800Iran asks Indonesia to explain seizure of tanker accused of illegal oil transfer
JAKARTA: Iran has asked Indonesia to provide details about the seizure of an Iranian-flagged vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday (Jan 25), a day after Jakarta said it had seized Iran and Panama-flagged tankers ...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:52:59 +0800China says US military in South China Sea not good for peace
BEIJING: The United States often sends ships and aircraft into the South China Sea to "flex its muscles" and this is not good for peace, China's Foreign Ministry said on Monday (Jan 25), after a US aircraft carrier group sailed into the disputed wate...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:46:10 +0800Nepal's caretaker PM ejected from ruling party, remains in office
KATHMANDU: Nepal's caretaker Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was ejected from the country's ruling Communist party on Monday (Jan 25), his opponents said, in protest at his abrupt move in December to dissolve parliament and call for an early general el...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 16:06:54 +0800Indian farmers ride caravan of tractors into capital ahead of Republic Day
Caravans of tractors clogged a key highway in northern India on Monday as tens of thousands of farmers protesting against agriculture reforms streamed into the capital ahead of celebrations for Republic Day.Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:30:37 +0800Indian, Chinese troops in new border brawl: Reports
NEW DELHI: Indian and Chinese troops brawled on their contested Himalayan border leaving injuries on both sides, military sources and media reports said on Monday (Jan 25).
The incident last week came six months after a pitched battle which killed a...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:03:55 +0800480,000 killed by extreme weather this century: Analysis
PARIS: Almost half a million people have died in natural disasters linked to extreme weather events in the last 20 years, according to a new assessment of the direct threat posed to humanity by climate change.
The mortality burden of climate-relate...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:06:52 +0800Japan likely to hit COVID-19 herd immunity in October, months after Olympics: Researcher
LONDON: Japan is likely to achieve herd immunity to COVID-19 through mass inoculations only months after the planned Tokyo Olympics, even though it has locked in the biggest quantity of vaccines in Asia, according to a London-based forecaster.
That ...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 14:02:42 +0800China says coronavirus traces found in vaccination sites, but not infectious
BEIJING: China has found harmless traces of the coronavirus in some COVID-19 inoculation sites potentially linked to vaccine liquid, its disease control centre said.
Samples taken from tables, walls, doorknobs and hallways of the sites tested posit...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:58:18 +0800South Korean left-wing party chief sacked for sexual harassment
SEOUL: The head of a left-wing South Korean political party that has championed gender equality was sacked on Monday (Jan 25) for sexually harassing one of his own members of parliament, a prominent rights campaigner.
Kim Jong-cheol was chairman of...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:12:36 +0800From factory to faraway village: Behind India's mammoth COVID-19 vaccination drive
KORAPUT, India: Reena Jani rose early, finished her chores in the crisp January cold and walked uphill to the road skirting her remote tribal hamlet of Pendajam in eastern India.
Riding pillion on a neighbour's motorcycle for 40 minutes through hill...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:58:22 +0800Japan PM Suga faces mounting pressure over COVID-19 response
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga faced renewed pressure on Monday over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with a new opinion poll showing many believed the government was too slow to respond to the latest wave of infections.Mon, 25 Jan 2021 13:34:46 +0800Makers of Sophia the robot plan mass rollout amid COVID-19 pandemic
HONG KONG: "Social robots like me can take care of the sick or elderly," Sophia says as she conducts a tour of her lab in Hong Kong. "I can help communicate, give therapy and provide social stimulation, even in difficult situations."
Since being unv...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:35:02 +0800Samsung chief will not appeal two-and-a-half-year jail term, says lawyer
SEOUL: The de facto chief of South Korea's Samsung business empire will "humbly accept" the court ruling that sentenced him to two-and-a-half years in prison for corruption and will not appeal, his lawyer said on Monday (Jan 25).
Lee Jae-yong, vice...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 12:10:26 +0800Ruling Communist Party to set Vietnam's course this week
Almost 1,600 leading members of Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party meet this week to approve future policy and help select the nation’s top leaders amid talk whether the current party chief will stay.Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:30:37 +0800Men enlisted to fight 'tradition' of gender violence in Cambodia
PHNOM PENH: Dinner is late. The laundry isn't done. The pickles aren't sour enough. When it comes to reasons for a man to beat his wife, Rem Ran has heard it all.
For most his 40 years, the construction worker saw domestic violence as "a normal part...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 11:02:46 +0800French court hears Agent Orange case against chemical firms
EVRY, France: A French court will on Monday (Jan 25) hear a case against more than a dozen multinationals, accused by a French-Vietnamese woman of causing grievous harm to her and others by selling the Agent Orange defoliant to the US government, wh...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:10:37 +0800Hong Kong lifts lockdown in Kowloon district after testing 7,000 people
HONG KONG: The Hong Kong government lifted a lockdown in an area of Kowloon district in the early hours of Monday (Jan 25) after testing about 7,000 people for COVID-19 to curb an outbreak in the densely populated area.
The government set up 51 te...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:38:44 +0800China's daily COVID-19 cases rise, driven by previously asymptomatic patients
SHANGHAI: China reported a climb in new COVID-19 cases driven by a spike in infections among previously symptomless patients in northeastern Jilin province, official data showed on Monday (Jan 25).
The total number of confirmed cases in the mainlan...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 06:03:38 +0800Last mangrove ecosystem in Jakarta city under threat from land subsidence and climate change
JAKARTA: The flimsy, makeshift bamboo walkway creaked and bent as Ade Djuhana treaded his steps carefully metres above trash-strewn water in a coastal area of Jakarta.
At the end of the 500m passageway, the rows of mangrove trees opened up reveali...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 07:39:20 +0800US reaffirms Taiwan support after China sends warplanes
The US has reaffirmed its support for Taiwan following China’s dispatch of warplanes near the island in an apparent attempt to intimidate its democratic government and test the resolve of the new American presidential administration.Sun, 24 Jan 2021 23:16:06 +0800Police to let protesting farmers into New Delhi on Republic Day: Official
NEW DELHI: Police in India's capital New Delhi will allow thousands of protesting farmers to drive through the city after this week's Republic Day military parade, despite security concerns, a senior official said on Sunday (Jan 24).
The police stat...Mon, 25 Jan 2021 09:51:30 +0800Indonesia says it has seized Iranian and Panamanian tankers
JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities said that they seized an Iranian tanker and Panamanian tanker suspected of carrying out the illegal transfer of oil in their country's waters on Sunday (Jan 24).
The tankers - the Iranian-flagged MT Horse and the Pana...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 20:54:11 +0800Taiwan to put 5,000 people into quarantine over hospital COVID-19 cluster
TAIPEI: Taiwan will more than double the number of people who have to quarantine at home to more than 5,000 as it seeks to contain a rare domestic cluster of COVID-19 connected to a hospital, the health minister said on Sunday (Jan 24).
While Taiwan...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 20:37:11 +0800Philippines universities reject accusation of Maoist rebel recruitment on campus
MANILA: Four Philippine private universities rejected accusations on Sunday (Jan 24) by the authorities that they serve as recruitment grounds of Maoist rebels, days after students protested against security force patrols at some university campuses....Sun, 24 Jan 2021 19:50:37 +0800Malaysia reports 3,346 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 3,346 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 24), taking the national tally to 183,801 infections.
There were also 11 more deaths involving ten citizens and one foreigner, aged 34 to 91. Malaysia’s death toll from the d...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:57:52 +0800Indonesia to deport Russian social media star who held party
DENPASAR: A Russian social media celebrity was being deported from Indonesia on Sunday (Jan 24) after he held a party at a luxury hotel on the resort island of Bali attended by more than 50 people despite COVID-19 restrictions.
The party held on Jan...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:40:37 +0800Badminton: Spain's Marin claims back-to-back titles in Bangkok
BANGKOK: Reigning Olympic badminton champion Carolina Marin on Sunday (Jan 24) claimed her second Thailand Open title in a fortnight against the same opponent - women's singles top seed Tai Tzu-ying.
Thailand is hosting three consecutive badminton t...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:22:56 +0800US carrier group enters South China Sea amid Taiwan tensions
TAIPEI: A US aircraft carrier group led by the USS Theodore Roosevelt has entered the South China Sea to promote "freedom of the seas", the US military said on Sunday (Jan 24), at a time when tensions between China and Taiwan have raised concern in...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 13:05:22 +0800Tears and fears as India's huge COVID-19 vaccine push falters
GREATER NOIDA, India: India's huge coronavirus vaccination drive is behind schedule, with a third of recipients not showing up for appointments because of safety fears, technical glitches and a belief that the pandemic is ending.
After one week, In...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 12:34:51 +0800Myanmar's displaced Christians rebuild lives on Yangon's outskirts
YANGON: Hammering at bamboo poles to erect a stilt house, minority Christians who have fled conflict in northern Myanmar are building a sanctuary on the outskirts of Yangon.
The small Christian community in the Buddhist-majority nation is part of 2...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 12:00:37 +0800Alleged Asia drug kingpin arrested after Australia probe
SYDNEY: The alleged ringleader of Asia's biggest crime syndicate and one of the world's most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing for his extradition to face trial.
Police had been chasing alleged drug...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:01:54 +0800Trapped for 2 weeks, 11 workers rescued from China gold mine
BEIJING: Chinese rescuers pulled 11 gold miners to safety on Sunday (Jan 24), 14 days after they were trapped by an underground explosion, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Footage showed the first miner to be rescued, a black blindfold across his e...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 13:13:59 +0800Normal diets for trapped China miners as rescue continues
Normal diets for trapped China miners as rescue continuesSun, 24 Jan 2021 11:24:09 +0800South Africa Tests mark 'monumental moment' for Pakistan cricket
KARACHI: South Africa will play their first Test in Pakistan for 14 years this week, a match being described as a "monumental moment" for the revival of international cricket in the country.
The match in the port city of Karachi starting on Tuesday ...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:20:23 +0800Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force
TAIPEI: Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the south-western corner of Taiwan's air defence identification zone on Saturday (Jan 23), and Taiwan's air force deployed missiles to "monitor" the incursion, the island's defence min...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 09:00:37 +0800China reports 80 new COVID-19 cases
BEIJING: China reported 80 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday (Jan 23), down from 107 cases a day earlier, the country's national health authority said on Sunday.
The National Health Commission, in a statement, said 65 of the new cases were local infe...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 06:57:33 +0800Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling COVID-19 pandemic
WUHAN: A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2am announced the world's first coronavirus lockdown, bringing the bustling central Chinese industrial and transport centre to a virtual standstill almost overnight. It would last 76 days.
...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 06:10:38 +0800'Uncle Kentang' bantu golongan miskin Malaysia dengan bayaran serendah 10 sen
KUALA LUMPUR: Barangan keperluan harian 10 sen (US$0.03), perkhidmatan teksi 10 sen dan rumah transit yang mengenakan bayaran RM1 sehari.
Semua ini merupakan sebahagian daripada usaha murni Kuan Chee Heng, 57, pengasas Persatuan Kepolisan Komuniti ...Sun, 24 Jan 2021 06:10:39 +0800Malaysia's 'Uncle Potato' helps the needy for as little as RM0.10
KUALA LUMPUR: Daily necessities at RM0.10 (US$0.03), a taxi ride at RM0.10 and a transit hostel that costs RM1 a day.
These are some of the philanthropic initiatives by Kuan Chee Heng, 57, who founded non-governmental organisation (NGO) Communit...Sat, 23 Jan 2021 21:25:05 +0800Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87
Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87Sat, 23 Jan 2021 21:30:14 +0800Malaysia reports record 4,275 new COVID-19 cases
Malaysia health authorities reported 4,275 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the highest daily infections so far, raising the total number of confirmed cases to 180,455.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 20:51:38 +0800Endangered Siamese crocodile in rare sighting at Thai national park
The critically endangered Siamese crocodile has been spotted for only the second time in a decade at Thailand's largest national park, according to photos released on Saturday.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 17:35:41 +0800A year after Wuhan lockdown, China reports small rise in COVID-19 cases
China on Saturday reported a slight increase in new cases of COVID-19 as it marks the anniversary of the world's first coronavirus lockdown, in the city of Wuhan where the disease emerged in late 2019.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 16:43:40 +0800China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes
China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputesSat, 23 Jan 2021 16:06:32 +0800Biden administration to review US-Taliban withdrawal deal
The Biden administration said Friday it will review a landmark US deal with the Taliban, focusing on whether the insurgent group has reduced attacks in Afghanistan, in keeping with its side of the agreement.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 15:07:22 +0800Inside the world's biggest vaccine factory, India's Serum Institute
PUNE, India: The tiny clinking vials supervised by silent PPE-wearing technicians belie the excitement inside the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, the Serum Institute of India, a major player in the fight against coronavirus.
The firm, founded ...Sat, 23 Jan 2021 14:32:55 +0800Sri Lankan health minister tests positive for COVID-19 after endorsing sorcery
Sri Lanka's health minister, who publicly endorsed sorcery and magic potions to stop surging coronavirus infections in the island, has tested positive and will self-isolate, officials said Saturday.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:50:01 +0800Animal activist in China's Wuhan happy to be back to routine rescues
On the anniversary of the world's first coronavirus lockdown, in the Chinese city of Wuhan, life for animal lover Du Fan has returned to something like normal.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 17:35:53 +0800Pride and caution in Wuhan on COVID-19 lockdown anniversary
Exactly one year after it thrust the word "lockdown" into the global conversation, Wuhan passes the anniversary on Saturday with a mix of pride at recovering from the coronavirus and caution over a possible relapse.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 11:34:33 +0800Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home in 2-day COVID-19 lockdown
Thousands of Hong Kongers were ordered to stay home on Saturday (Jan 23) in the city's first COVID-19 lockdown.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 12:41:47 +0800'Everybody determined' to get Tokyo Games going: IOC chief
TOKYO: The entire Olympic movement is united in its determination to ensure the Tokyo Games happen in July and August, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said in a video message to mark the six-month countdown to the opening ...Sat, 23 Jan 2021 06:10:38 +0800Commentary: Kimchi controversies and culture wars: What’s South Korea’s and China’s beef?
A Mukbang star got herself into a pickle with Chinese and South Korean netizens – over the origins of kimchi. But a larger food fight has been brewing for some time, says Steven Borowiec.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 06:10:38 +0800Away from their families, Malaysians in Singapore brace themselves for a quiet Chinese New Year
Due to COVID-19, many Malaysians stuck in Singapore will be celebrating Chinese New Year without their extended family. CNA spoke to some of them about the challenges faced.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 07:39:37 +0800Modi says India self-reliant on COVID-19 vaccines as 1 million inoculated
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday India was completely self-reliant on coronavirus vaccine supplies as the world's second-most populous country inoculated more than one million people within a week of starting a massive campaign.Sat, 23 Jan 2021 01:51:11 +0800Italy probes TikTok 'blackout challenge' death of 10-year-old girl
Italian prosecutors have opened a probe into the accidental death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly took part in a "blackout challenge" on the video-sharing network TikTok.Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:25:05 +0800Some Malaysia cargo drivers run into delays at Singapore checkpoints on 1st day of mandatory COVID-19 tests
SINGAPORE: Cargo drivers from Malaysia delivering essential goods to Singapore on Friday (Jan 22) said they experienced delays at the land entry checkpoints, on the first day the Singapore government implemented mandatory COVID-19 tests.
Sing...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:52:53 +0800Families of Indonesian Sriwijaya Air jet crash victims hold memorial at sea
Relatives of 62 people killed when an Indonesian passenger jet slammed into the sea scattered flowers at the crash site Friday, as investigators look for clues to why the plane dropped from the sky minutes after takeoff.Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:55:06 +0800Hong Kong to impose first COVID-19 lockdown on virus-hit district: Reports
Thousands of Hong Kongers will be ordered to stay in their homes for the city's first coronavirus lockdown, local media reported Friday, as authorities battle an outbreak in one of its poorest and most densely packed districts.Fri, 22 Jan 2021 19:50:37 +0800Malaysia reports 3,631 new COVID-19 cases with 18 new deaths, highest daily fatalities
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian health authorities reported 3,631 new coronavirus cases on Friday (Jan 22) with 18 new fatalities, the highest daily death toll so far.
Friday's figures take the total number of infections to 176,180. A total of 660 peopl...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 20:34:58 +0800Work begins on Johor Bahru-Singapore RTS Link station
SINGAPORE: The Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link moved a step closer to reality as work on the Singapore station of the rail link began on Friday (Jan 22).
The RTS Link Woodlands North station would be constructed underground a...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 18:02:20 +0800Myanmar receives first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from India
Myanmar on Friday received 1.5 million doses of a COVID-19 vaccine supplied by India to inoculate 750,000 people, the first vaccine batch delivered to the Southeast Asian country as it fights one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the region.Fri, 22 Jan 2021 16:24:25 +0800China finds COVID-19 cluster in major chicken processing plant
BEIJING: China reported its first cluster of COVID-19 cases among workers in a meat processing plant, raising fears among local consumers who have until now mainly worried about the safety of imported foods.
Ten confirmed cases were found in a facto...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 15:22:42 +0800Truck with quarry explosives blasts in India, killing 5
Truck with quarry explosives blasts in India, killing 5Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:52:06 +0800Taiwan says realistic about US trade deal, but one will happen eventually
TAIPEI: Taiwan is under no illusions it can quickly sign a long hoped for free trade deal with the United States but feels when the time is right "success will flow naturally", the island's chief trade negotiator said on Friday (Jan 22).
Taiwan has ...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 13:16:55 +0800Japan Cabinet approves Bill for tougher COVID-19 measures
TOKYO: Japan's Cabinet approved draft laws to toughen coronavirus restrictions on Friday (Jan 22), a move that could threaten rule-breakers with fines and prison sentences for the first time since the outbreak began.
With just six months until the v...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 12:30:37 +0800Indonesia probing whether faulty autothrottle system contributed to Sriwijaya Air crash
JAKARTA: Indonesia's air accident investigator is probing whether a problem with the autothrottle system, which controls engine power automatically, contributed to the Sriwijaya Air crash on Jan 9 that killed 62 people, an official said on Friday (J...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:39:23 +080015 more days to reach trapped China mine workers, authorities say
BEIJING: It will take at least 15 more days to get through a massive amount of debris and reach miners already trapped for 11 days since an explosion in a gold mine in eastern China, authorities said on Thursday (Jan 21).
The mine shaft is blocked 3...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 11:38:09 +0800Thailand's 'ghost' fishing nets help COVID-19 fight
CHONBURI, Thailand: Underwater divers in plastic-choked waters off the coast of Thailand snip through discarded nets tangled around a reef - a new initiative helping protect marine life and aiding the fight against coronavirus.
The "ghost nets" dis...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:10:43 +0800Japan PM says determined to realise Olympics, will cooperate with Tokyo and IOC
Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said on Friday that he was determined to realise the Tokyo Olympics.Fri, 22 Jan 2021 10:53:20 +0800Beijing launches mass testing as China reports slight drop in daily COVID-19 cases
BEIJING: Beijing launched mass COVID-19 testing in parts of the city on Friday (Jan 22), while Shanghai was testing all hospital staff, as China battles the worst outbreak since March 2020.
China reported a slight decline in new daily COVID-19 cases...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:53:11 +0800Suicides rise in Japan as COVID-19 pandemic stress hits women harder
TOKYO: Suicides increased in Japan during 2020 after a decade of declines, with the number of women committing suicide surging amid the emotional and financial stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic even as fewer men took their own lives.
Suicide h...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:20:22 +0800New China swine fever strains point to unlicensed vaccines
BEIJING: A new form of African swine fever identified in Chinese pig farms is most likely caused by illicit vaccines, industry insiders say, a fresh blow to the world's largest pork producer, still recovering from a devastating epidemic of the virus....Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:48:43 +0800No fireworks, little fanfare: Tokyo Olympics organisers mark six months to go
TOKYO: With much of Japan under a state of emergency due to a third wave of COVID-19 infections, organisers of the Tokyo Olympics will mark six months to go on Saturday (Jan 23) with little fanfare, no fireworks and amid rapidly dwindling public supp...Fri, 22 Jan 2021 09:58:05 +0800US charges Indonesian extremist Hambali over 2002 Bali bombings
US military prosecutors have filed formal charges against Indonesian extremist Hambali and two others in the 2002 Bali bombings and 2003 Jakarta attack, the Pentagon said on Thursday (Jan 21).Fri, 22 Jan 2021 06:02:13 +0800COVID-19: Hurdles ahead for Indonesia as it aims to vaccinate 180 million people in 15 months
JAKARTA: Indonesia has rolled out a mass COVID-19 vaccination programme with President Joko Widodo becoming the first person in the country to be inoculated last week.
The government is aiming at vaccinating two-thirds of the population to rea...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 22:26:03 +0800Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines; no tsunami
Strong earthquake shakes southern Philippines; no tsunamiThu, 21 Jan 2021 21:03:49 +0800China to gift half a million doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Pakistan
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said on Thursday that China has agreed to provide half a million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm COVID-19 free of cost to Pakistan by January 31.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:19:11 +0800Malaysia COVID-19 restrictions to be extended in 6 states, 3 federal territories until Feb 4
PUTRAJAYA: A movement control order (MCO) in six Malaysian states and federal territories which was to expire on Jan 26 is to be extended to Feb 4, Senior Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Thursday (Jan 21).
The affected areas are the states of ...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 21:25:09 +0800Fire at world's biggest vaccine maker in India kills 5
A fire broke out Thursday at India's Serum Institute, the world's largest maker of vaccines, but a source said production of the coronavirus vaccine was not affected.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:45:49 +0800Whale carcass washes up on Bali beach
The rotting carcass of a nearly 14-metre (46-foot) whale washed up Thursday on Bali beach popular with tourists.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 18:33:43 +0800Mongolian prime minister resigns after protests over COVID-19 mother
Thousands of Mongolians have protested against what they say is the heavy-handed treatment of a coronavirus-infected mother and her newborn baby, prompting a wave of resignations by officials.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:04:30 +0800Japan court upholds ban on dual citizenship
A Japanese court upheld a ban on dual citizenship on Thursday, rejecting a suit that challenged the measure's constitutionality and sought damages for those affected.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 16:04:12 +0800Thai opposition figure says government aims to silence him on COVID-19 vaccine
BANGKOK: A banned Thai opposition politician, who is facing a criminal complaint of defaming the monarchy, defended on Thursday (Jan 21) his criticism of the government's COVID-19 vaccine strategy that relies on a company owned by King Maha Vajiralon...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:49:18 +0800With 6 months to go, cancellation fears cloud Tokyo Olympics
TOKYO: When the Tokyo Olympics were postponed last year, officials promised they would open in 2021 as proof of mankind's triumph over the coronavirus.
But six months before the rescheduled start, victory over the virus remains distant, and fears a...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 15:30:07 +0800Then and now: Wuhan bustles a year after world's first COVID-19 lockdown
Barriers still enclose Wuhan's notorious seafood market - one of the few immediate reminders that the city was once the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic that has transformed the world.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:53:30 +0800Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists on Thursday (Jan 21) after a nearly 10-month closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry.
Full operations also resumed on Thursday at the island's two intern...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:48:47 +0800Rescuers scramble to free Chinese miners trapped underground
Chinese rescuers drilled deep into the ground Thursday in an increasingly desperate bid to save 21 miners now trapped for almost two weeks, with one confirmed dead and still no signs of life from over half of the missing workers, state media reported...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:16:54 +0800Commentary: We need to talk about how Donald Trump’s presidency wasn’t a complete disaster
The former president has come under fire after the US Capitol storming. While America prepares to turn a page on his term, Americans should be wary not to throw out policies the last administration got right.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 13:30:48 +0800Nora Quoirin: Family to challenge Malaysian inquest ruling on French-Irish teen's death
The family of French-Irish teenager Nora Quoirin will challenge an inquest ruling that she died by misadventure after vanishing in the Malaysian jungle while on holiday, their lawyer said on Thursday (Jan 21).Thu, 21 Jan 2021 12:49:29 +0800Taiwan-Biden ties off to strong start with inauguration invite for top diplomat
Taiwan's relationship with its most important global backer the United States has gotten off to a strong start with President Joe Biden's new administration, after the island's de facto ambassador attended his inauguration on Wednesday (Jan 20).Thu, 21 Jan 2021 10:32:42 +0800Twitter locks account of China's US embassy over Xinjiang-related tweet
SHANGHAI: Twitter has locked the account of China's US embassy for a tweet that defended China's policies in the Xinjiang region, which the US social media platform said violated the firm's policy against "dehumanisation".
The Chinese Embassy acco...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:58:20 +0800China to test Chinese New Year travellers for COVID-19; Shanghai reports new cases
BEIJING: China plans to impose strict COVID-19 testing requirements during the Chinese New Year holiday season, when tens of millions of people are expected to travel, as it battles the worst wave of new infections since March last year.
The commer...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 07:08:33 +0800Commentary: Credit ratings agency Fitch's downgrading of Malaysia has been damning
COVID-19 has turbocharged Malaysia’s already fractious politics – and that’s flowing into the country’s economy says this observer.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 05:50:37 +0800Thai scientists race to develop homemade COVID-19 vaccine amid second wave of infections
BANGKOK: As the Thai government races to secure more COVID-19 vaccines from various sources, a group of medical scientists is preparing for the first clinical trial of a home-grown cure they are developing to fight the pandemic.
In April, they expe...Thu, 21 Jan 2021 14:36:12 +0800'America is back': World leaders congratulate US President Biden
World leaders said they were looking forward to working with US Joe Biden, as the Democrat was sworn in as president after four turbulent years under Donald Trump.Thu, 21 Jan 2021 03:10:39 +0800Indian government offers to suspend farm reforms; farmers may call off protests
India's government on Wednesday offered to suspend implementation of three new farm laws that have triggered the biggest farmers' protests in years, which farm union leaders said they would now consider calling off.Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:50:37 +0800Malaysia reports 4,008 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths; 16 new clusters
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported 4,008 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Jan 20), the country’s second highest daily tally since the start of the pandemic.
Malaysia previously reported a record 4,029 cases on Jan 16 and has registered four-digit da...Wed, 20 Jan 2021 19:34:30 +0800China dismisses Pompeo's Uighur genocide claim as 'outrageous lies'
China on Wednesday dismissed Washington's allegation that Beijing was committing genocide against Uighurs and other minorities as "outrageous lies" and "poison" in a rancourous epilogue to a combative period in relations between the superpowers.