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South Korea finds first cases of omicron

(The Korea Herald/ANN) -- South Korea has discovered its first cases of COVID-19’s omicron variant, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Wednesday evening.

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- Official: Elderly need vaccines, boosters to fight COVID
(Xinhua) -- The National Health Commission called on Tuesday for an intensified effort to ensure that elderly people in China ... More >>>
- EU, Russia, Iran optimistic after resumption of nuclear talks
VIENNA (Xinhua) -- Diplomats from EU, Russia and Iran expressed here on Monday optimism amid a fresh round of Iran nuclear talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal after a hiatus of more than five months. ... More >>>
- World Bank calls for vaccine equality
(China Daily/ANN) -- The pandemic and poverty together pose huge challenges to the world, David Malpass, president of the World Bank Group, says. ... More >>>
- China-Laos Railway earns top marks
BEIJING (China Daily) -- A high-speed railway connecting China’s southwest with Laos has been given the thumbs-up - even before services get underway this coming week.... More >>>
- China pledges to provide US$1.5 bn to help Asean respond to Covid-19
China has announced it is ready to provide Asean with an additional US$1.5 billion of development assistance in the next three years to support the 10-nation bloc’s fight against Covid-19 and economic recovery.... More >>>
- Vacationers, and virus, on the move across US
(China Daily/ANN) -- The pre-Thanksgiving holiday crunch of travelers on US highways and at airports is underway, and stealing a march on the vacationers is the coronavirus. With the number of infections rising in 38 states.... More >>>
- Lancang-Mekong Cooperation countries celebrate ties
(China Daily/ANN) --  Lancang-Mekong Cooperation has boosted regional development, brought tangible benefits to people and aided in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, officials and experts have said.... More >>>
- Local governments in Japan preparing for COVID-19 booster shots
JAPAN (Japan Times/ANN) -- Local governments are speeding up preparations for a third round of coronavirus vaccinations, slated to start in December.... More >>>
- Agencies asked to step up investigation, prosecution and trials for corruption cases
HANOI (Vietnam News) -- Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trọng on Thursday asked agencies to step up the investigation, prosecution and trials of cases that were suspected to violate the law, drawing attention from the public.... More >>>
- Syria receives new batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine
DAMASCUS (China Daily/Xinhua) -- The Syrian Health Ministry on Sunday received new batch of Chinese COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccine, the latest in a string of vaccine batches reaching the war-torn country to overcome the pandemic.... More >>>
- China-Laos Railway, a green railway
VIENTIANE (Xinhua) -- The world was a very different place five years ago when work began on the China-Laos railway. ... More >>>
- UK terror threat level raised to ‘severe’ following Liverpool explosion
LONDON (Xinhua China Daily) -- Britain’s terror threat level has been upgraded from “substantial” to “severe” following an explosion outside a Liverpool hospital that had been declared a terrorist incident on Monday. ... More >>>
- Son of former Libyan ruler Gaddafi runs for president
TRIPOLI (China Daily) -- Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the late ruler of Libya Muammar Gaddafi,... More >>>
- COP26 outcome important as S’pore won’t be spared climate impacts: Grace Fu
GLASGOW (The Straits Times) -- Singapore will not be spared the impacts of climate change, which is why the outcome of the COP26 climate summit is something the Republic must pay attention to, said Minister for Sustainability and the Environment Grace Fu on Saturday (Nov 13)..... More >>>
- Resolution set to chart nation’s path to future
(China Daily) -- The key resolution being reviewed by the central leadership of the Communist Party of China at a plenary session this week will be a crucial political document that could chart the Party’s direction for the next few decades, analysts said.... More >>>
- Iraqi PM safe after drone attack on residence
BAGHDAD (Xinhua/China Daily) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi was unharmed in an assassination attempt targeting his official residence on Sunday, according to the Iraqi military.... More >>>
- Probe underway after stampede claims 8 lives at music festival in US Houston
HOUSTON (Xinhua) -- The investigation into the stampede leaving at least eight people dead and many others injured on Friday night at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, US state Texas, has been underway, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on Saturday afternoon.... More >>>
- Booster shots recommended
(China Daily) -- China’s leading pulmonologists affirmed the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccine booster shots and warned that elderly people should pay more attention to disease prevention, as many of them have not yet been vaccinated.... More >>>
- Saudi Arabia’s green initiative wins plaudits
(China Daily) -- Climate advocates and observers have welcomed a multibillion-dollar plan by Saudi Arabia to combat climate change in the Middle East, but stress that its success hinges on meaningful cooperation from other countries. ... More >>>
- Singapore is world’s smartest city for the third year: IMD Smart City Index
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times) -- Singapore is the smartest city in the world for the third year running, according to this year’s Smart City Index. . More >>> - Cambodia officially takes over Asean chairmanship
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post) -- The gavel symbolising the Asean chairmanship’s authority was handed over to Cambodia by Brunei on October 28 to begin the country’s year-long tenure holding the rotational mantle of leadership for the regional bloc for the third time in the Kingdom’s history. ... More >>>
- Voting under way in Japan election as PM Kishida seeks mandate
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Voting got under way Sunday in Japan’s general election as new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida seeks a public mandate for his COVID-19, economic and security policies while capitalising on his experience as foreign minister and policy chief of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. ... More >>>
- Over 35 percent of Koreans drink tap water: survey
KOREA (Korea Herald/ANN) --  More than 3 in 10 Koreans drink tap water or boil it before drinking, a survey showed Wednesday.
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- China, Asean agree to deepen economic integration to recover from pandemic
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Xinhua) -- The leaders of China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) agreed on Tuesday to deepen cooperation to help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, ... More >>>
- Princess Mako marries commoner boyfriend after years of controversy
JAPAN (Kyodo) -- Japan’s Princess Mako married her commoner boyfriend Kei Komuro on Tuesday, the Imperial Household Agency said, the union coming after years of controversy over a financial dispute involving his mother that led the couple to forgo traditional ceremonies associated with a royal marriage. ... More >>>
- Tourism updated in light of new normal
IETNAM (Vietnam News/ ANN) -- Various provinces throughout the country have finally resumed tourism after the fourth wave of the pandemic. Safe, green and closed journeys are now being offered to visitors during what is being called “the new normal”.
Vietravel Company has opened 30 tour and service sale offices in the country after four months of being frozen.... More >>>
- S’pore at risk of heatwaves, more dengue outbreaks as climate change worsens health woes: Report
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Health problems caused by climate change, such as heat stress and mosquito-borne diseases, will continue to worsen unless countries do more to slash planet-warming emissions, a global group of researchers has warned.... More >>>
- Mekong River overfished, under pressure, MRC says
CAMBODIA (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- The Mekong River Commission (MRC) has released two reports that show fishing continues to be an important livelihood in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. However, the reports also indicate that overfishing and habitat degradation caused by rapid population growth, infrastructure development, and climate change are placing pressure on the Lower Mekong Basin’s fisheries.... More >>>
- High alert on banks of Periyar as Kerala braces for more rain
INDIA (The Statesman/ANN) -- Places falling on the banks of the Periyar river have been put on high alert by the Ernakulam district administration as the water released from the Idukki dam has reached flood-prone areas of Aluva in Kochi on Wednesday morning. ... More >>>
- Moscow lifts COVID blanket entry ban on families of foreigners living in Russia
MOSCOW (TASS) -- As part of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, a coronavirus-related ban previously imposed on entering Russian soil has been lifted for family members of foreign citizens and stateless persons permanently residing in Russia, the Consular Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated on its Telegram channel on Monday. ... More >>>
- TUCP to DOLE: Probe ‘no jab, no pay’ scheme
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- Some employers are unlawfully withholding the salary of their employees until they can prove that they have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a major labor organization claimed on Sunday.... More >>>
- Russia’s Soyuz spacecraft with film crew on board undocks from ISS
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russia’s Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft with a film crew on board undocked form the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module of the International Space Station, according to a broadcast by Russia’s Roscosmos space agency. The deorbit burn will begin at 06:41 Moscow time on Sunday.... More >>>
- Over 700,000 people have left the Capital in six days since Ghatasthapana
NEPAL (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- More than 700,000 people have left Kathmandu Valley for their hometowns and villages to celebrate Dashain in the six days since October 7 or Ghatasthapana, the first day of the festival, according to the Metropolitan Traffic Police Division.... More >>>
- AUKUS, QUAD alliances created by US erode cooperation format in ASEAN, top diplomat says
MOSCOW (TASS) -- New AUKUS alliance between the US, the UK, and Australia as well as the four-sided dialogue on security between the US, ... More >>>
- Putin, Merkel, Macron stress importance of Normandy format
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday spoke over the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, the Kremlin press service reported. ... More >>>
- Vietnam eyes inoculating children against COVID-19 in late October with Pfizer, Cuban vaccines
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN)  -- The Ministry of Health will begin vaccinating children aged between 12 and 17 years old against COVID-19 later this month, before expanding the vaccination to younger age groups, deputy health minister Tran Van Thuấn said on Saturday.... More >>>

- 19 domestic routes to resume from Sunday, quarantine measures remain in place
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN)  -- The Ministry of Transport (MoT) on Friday evening announced a pilot programme on the resumption of domestic flights, with three provinces and cities that previously refused to allow the flights, Hai Phong, Gia Lai and Hanoi, all agreeing to restart them.... More >>>
- At least 20 killed as 5.9-magnitude earthquake rocks parts of Balochistan
PAKISTAN (Dawn/ANN) -- An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 struck parts of Balochistan early on Thursday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring over 300 others, the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) said.... More >>>
- M5.9 quake hits northeastern Japan, no tsunami warning issued
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northeastern Japan early Wednesday, leaving three people injured, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no major property damage reported, the weather agency and local authorities said. ... More >>>
- Kishida takes office as Japan PM, calls October 31 general election
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Fumio Kishida took office as Japan’s prime minister Monday forming a Cabinet charged with keeping COVID-19 under control while reviving a battered economy, as he looks to appeal to voters heading into a general election in less than a month. ... More >>>
- Duterte changing his mind on 2022 polls always a possibility — Cusi
MANILA Philippines (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- While saying that President Rodrigo Duterte substituting as the vice presidential candidate for the PDP-Laban party is not being considered “right now”, Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi admitted Monday that the possibility of the President changing his mind “will always be there depending on the situation.”... More >>>
- LDP launches new leadership
JAPAN (The Japan News/ANN) -- Liberal Democratic Party President Fumio Kishida launched his party’s new leadership team on Friday.
Kishida picked Akira Amari, 72, as secretary general; House of Representatives member Tatsuo Fukuda, 54, as chairperson of the General Council; former Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Sanae Takaichi, 60, as chairperson of the ... More >>>
- Rain disrupts life in Khulna city
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- After yesterday noon’s rainfall, two-thirds of Khulna city had to deal with severe waterlogging. The rain inundated the city and made residents suffer immensely.... More >>>
- Japan ruling party leader vote goes to runoff between Kishida, Kono
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan’s ruling party leadership election went to a runoff between former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and vaccination minister Taro Kono on Wednesday after none of the four candidates won a majority in the first round, with the winner set to become Japan’s next prime minister. ... More >>>
- Survivors sue landowners over deadly July mudslide in central Japan
SHIZUOKA, Japan (Kyodo) -- A total of 70 people on Tuesday filed a damages suit against current and former landowners allegedly involved in land alterations and the creation of a massive soil mound at a mountainside where a mudslide in July killed 26 people in the hot spring report of Atami southwest of Tokyo. ... More >>>
- SPD leads slightly in German federal election, situation not yet clear
BERLIN (Xinhua) -- Germany's center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) slightly led in the federal election on Sunday, while its major competitor plunged to a record low after 16 years in office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to projections by German public broadcasters.... More >>>
- Meng Wanzhou back in China
SHENZHEN (Xinhua) -- Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, arrived in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Saturday night on a charter flight organised by the Chinese government, after being illegally detained for nearly three years in Canada.... More >>>
- Denial of US visa to Russian MP for participation in UN GA won’t go unanswered
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Washington’s refusal to issue a visa to Leonid Slutsky,... More >>>
- Biden promises “relentless diplomacy” in UN debut amid rift with allies
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- US President Joe Biden said in a speech at the United Nations on Tuesday that the United States is opening a new chapter of diplomacy after ending the two-decade Afghan war. ... More >>>
- UN chief urges rich states to deliver promised 100 bln USD for climate action in developing countries
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged rich countries to deliver the promised US$100 billion a year for climate action in developing countries. ... More >>>
- PH in fourth, ‘most severe’ COVID-19 wave Philippine College of Physicians
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- The Philippines is experiencing its fourth and “most severe” wave of COVID-19 infections without any sign of the virus spread slowing down, the president of the Philippine College of Physicians warned on Sunday.... More >>>
- 7 hurt as Typhoon Chanthu traverses Japan, weakens
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Typhoon Chanthu weakened into an extratropical cyclone Saturday after it traveled off the Pacific coast of central and eastern Japan and pounded western regions, leaving at least seven people injured amid strong winds.... More >>>
- Japan visitors down 99 percent in August from 2019 as border controls kept
JAPAN 9Kyodo) -- The estimated number of foreign visitors to Japan in August was down 99 percent from the same month in... More >>>
- Dong Nai asked to speed up ground clearance for Long Thanh airport project
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has asked the southern province of Dong Nai to focus on completing ground clearance work to speed up the first phase of the Long Thanh International Airport project. ... More >>>
- Uran-9, Nerekhta robots used in troops formations for first time at Zapad-2021 drills
MULINO PROVING GROUND (TASS) -- Russia used Uran-9 and Nerekhta combat robots in the regular ranks of formations for the first time during the Zapad-2021 drills, Russian Ministry of Defense announced Monday. ... More >>>
- Russia records another 18,554 coronavirus cases
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russia’s coronavirus cases rose by 18,554 to reach 7,140,070 in the past 24 hours... More >>>
- 400 schools still flood affected
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- At least 400 educational institutions, mostly primary schools, remains waterlogged due to flood and many of them will not be holding in-person classes from today (Sunday).... More >>>
- Endless wars US launched on terror cost much more than 9/11 attacks
WASHINGTON (China Daily/ANN)  -- While the 9/11 attacks killed several thousand Americans, the “endless wars” that the US launched as part of the global war on terror “cost much more,” renowned Harvard University professor Joseph S. Nye has said.... More >>>
- Health ministry warns of risks for underweight women
JAPAN (The Japan Times/ANN) -- According to a Health, Labour and Welfare Ministry survey, about one in five Japanese women in their 20s is underweight, a high percentage compared with other advanced nations. ... More >>>
- Russian-US dialogue on diplomatic staff yielding no progress - Lavrov
ST. PETERSBURG (TASS) -- The dialogue between Moscow and Washington on issues of diplomatic personnel is yielding no progress, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday. ... More >>>
- Double-decker Shinkansen cars to be retired
JAPAN (The Japan News/ANN) -- The E4 series of Shinkansen trains known for their Max Toki and Max Tanigawa services on the Joetsu Shinkansen line will retire after their final run on October 1.... More >>>
- HCM City to spend VNĐ4,500 billion for flood control
HCM CITY (Vietnam News/ANN) -- HCM City plans to allocate VNĐ4,500 billion from the city budget for 12 key irrigation projects between 2021 and 2025.
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- Scientists study underwater treasures of Turkey’s Lake Salda
BURDUR (Turkey News Agency) -- Two divers in Turkey descended into the pristine waters of Lake Salda on Wednesday... More >>>
- Cost of air pollution: Takes 7.7 years off Dhaka residents’ lives
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Dhaka residents could live 7.7 years longer if air pollution subsides, found a recent global study. ... More >>>
- Over 200 houses and 5,400 private plots flooded in six Russian regions
MOSCOW (TASS ) -- More than 200 residential and country houses, as well as over 5,400 household plots, have been flooded in six Russian regions, the Emergencies Ministry told TASS on Monday. ... More >>>
- Vietnam prepares for natural disasters amid COVID-19
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Local people need to be equipped with essential skills to cope with natural disasters, especially those in the mountainous, remote and ethnic areas, as more storms and floods are expected... More >>>
- Soldiers help HCM City residents in coronavirus battle
HCM CITY (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Images of soldiers helping local citizens in their daily life have become familiar as HCM City tightens restrictions on movement amid an increasing surge of coronavirus cases. ... More >>>
- Queues form early for free masks on morning of Temasek Foundation’s fifth distribution exercise
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- People began queueing for free masks early on Thursday morning (August 26) as Temasek Foundation kicked off its fifth Stay Prepared initiative.... More >>>
- Funding on decline, challenges up
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- As international funding for the Rohingyas declines, Bangladesh faces increasing challenges to manage the displaced people amid little prospect of repatriation anytime soon. ... More >>>
- Typhoon Omais leaves behind flooded homes, damaged roads, railways in S. Korea
KOREA (Korea Herald/ANN) -- Typhoon Omais weakened into an extratropical cyclone Tuesday morning, after making landfall around midnight Monday, flooding roads and houses, and forcing more than 10,000 people to evacuate in southern South Korean cities that lay in its path. ... More >>>
- Eight overloaded vehicles impounded for one year
CAMBODIA (Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- The joint task force for inspecting trucks suspected of being overloaded has stopped and fined 14 offenders that violated the weight regulation on national roads 1 and 44 and Street 70B after three days of operations. Eight of the vehicles would be impounded for a year. ... More >>>
- COVID-19 origin tracing shouldn’t be politicised, says Pakistani expert
ISLAMABAD (Xinhua) -- Global health watchdogs including the World Health Organisation (WHO) should trace the origin of COVID-19 on scientific research and facts rather than politicising the issue, a Pakistani expert told Xinhua in a recent interview. ... More >>>
- Pandemic weighing on schoolbag makers
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star) -- Habibur Rahman, a Chattogram-based schoolbag manufacturer, suddenly fell into deep financial peril ever since the coronavirus pandemic first reached Bangladesh in March 2020.... More >>>
- Moscow entered the top 15 ranking of innovative cities in Europe
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Moscow improved its position in the international Tech Cities of the Future rating of the fDi Intelligence analytical agency, moving up four lines and taking 14th place among 76 cities in Europe, ... More >>>
- Japan to extend virus emergency to Sept. 12, add 7 more areas
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan is set to decide on Tuesday to extend a COVID-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and five other prefectures through September 12 and add seven more prefectures as the resurgence of infections increasingly puts a strain on hospital beds. .... More >>>
- Afghan president leaves country, Taliban controls capital Kabul
KABUL (Xinhua) -- Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left the country on Sunday night, while the Taliban forces entered the capital of Kabul and took control of the presidential palace..... More >>>
- Torrential rain causes flooding in Japan’s Kyushu, hospital isolated
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Torrential rain continued in wide areas of Japan on Saturday, causing flooding in Kyushu and elsewhere, with a hospital finding itself isolated in Saga Prefecture..... More >>>
- Floods hit Turkey’s Black Sea provinces
BARTIN/SINOP/ANKARA (Turkey News Agency) -- A new wave of floods due to heavy rains hit Turkey’s northern Black Sea provinces Wednesday, leaving one person dead,13 people injured and an elderly woman missing, according to authorities..... More >>>
- Vietnam could lose US$480 million per year due to illegal fishing
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- As the third largest seafood exporter in the world, Vietnam could lose about US$480 million per year if it fails in its fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. .... More >>>
- Man in train knife rampage thought of bombing landmark Shibuya Crossing
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A man arrested over a recent knife attack on passengers on a commuter train in Tokyo also considered bombing the famous Shibuya Crossing intersection in the capital, investigative sources said Tuesday. .... More >>>
- Economic woes to linger
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Bangladesh’s economy may continue to suffer under the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the current fiscal year due to vaccine shortages and the government’s incapability to enforce a strict lockdown, said a recently released Fitch Solutions report. .... More >>>
- 3.76 million Filipinos jobless in June
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- The number of jobless Filipinos increased to 3.76 million in June, equivalent to 7.7 percent of the labour force, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday. .... More >>>
- The woes of migrant workers to get vaccines and certification
NEPAL (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- After a back-breaking two weeks running from pillar to post in Kathmandu, Yunush Malla finally decided to return to his hometown in Parsa Bazar of Rapti Municipality, Chitwan on Monday afternoon. His latest trip to the Capital was something he would rather forget. ... More >>>
- DILG enforces one-passenger policy for tricycles during ECQ; use of old IATF IDs allowed
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- Tricycles may still operate with a one-passenger limit, and identification cards issued by the COVID-19.... More >>>
- Ground, aerial strife against forest fires ongoing in Antalya, Turkey
ANTALYA (Turkey News Agency) -- Turkish authorities continue the efforts to contain forest fires in the Manavgat and Akseki districts of the southern Antalya province, with aerial and ground operations underway..... More >>>
- Tokyo Olympics see 24 more COVID cases, highest daily count
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic organising committee on Thursday reported 24 more COVID-19 cases associated with the games, the highest daily count since infections began being compiled from the start of this month..... More >>>
- Henan braces for new downpours
HENAN (China Daily/ANN)  As Henan province mops up from the floodwaters that caused 71 deaths and affected more than 13.3 million people last week, it is bracing for more heavy rain from Typhoon In-Fa. .... More >>>
- Alarming surge in Covid cases forces Civil Hospital Karachi to shut OPDs, cancel surgeries
KARACHI (Pakistan Dawn/ANN) -- Amid growing number of Covid-19 cases mainly in the city, the Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi on Monday halted all its key functions, shut outpatient departments (OPDs) and suspended surgeries till further orders, as a doctors’ body warned that the highly transmissible Delta variant accounted for almost 100 percent of the cases in the city. .... More >>>
- Typhoon In-Fa lands in east China, second landfall expected
HANGZHOU (Xinhua) -- Typhoon In-Fa made landfall in east China’s Zhejiang Province at noon on Sunday, packing winds of up to 38 metres per second at its centre, according to the provincial flood control headquarters..... More >>>
- Games begin with no spectators, as crowds throng central Tokyo
JAPAN (The Japan News/ANN) -- As the Olympics officially got started on Friday, crowds were conspicuous on the streets of Tokyo, where many events are being held and coronavirus cases are rising rapidly..... More >>>
- Informal economy may lose over 6M jobs by Covid’s end
CAMBODIA (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- Minister of Planning Chhay Than said more than six million workers in the informal economy have either lost or are expected to lose their jobs due to Covid-19, despite the government’s efforts to counter the pandemic..... More >>>
- PM urges labor group to cancel scheduled rallies amid virus flare-up
KOREA (Korea Herald/ANN) -- Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum on Wednesday urged a major umbrella labor group to cancel its protests scheduled for later this week as authorities struggle to contain the country’s fast-spreading fourth COVID-19 wave. .... More >>>
- Rain further worsens Eid holidaymakers’ journey on Dhaka-Tangail highway
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Morning rain intensified the sufferings of homebound people, who remain stuck in a 30km-long tailback on Dhaka-Tangail highway and its link road, a day ahead of Eid-ul-Azha. .... More >>>
- Japan’s Narita, Haneda airports start facial recognition in full scale
CHIBA, Japan (Kyodo) -- Japan’s Narita and Haneda airports started Monday the use of facial recognition.... More >>>
- 1st case of COVID-19 found in Tokyo Olympic village
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Tokyo Olympic organising committee said Saturday the first positive case of COVID-19 has been detected in the Tokyo athletes’ village with less than a week until the opening ceremony..... More >>>
- Covid may now spread even faster
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Health officials have warned of a possible rise in Covid-19 transmission as the “strict lockdown” has been withdrawn for a week from today..... More >>>
- Aviation sector eyes recovery in 2023-24
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Vietnam’s aviation market is hoped to recover in 2023-24, according to a Vietnam Airlines’ representative. The international tourist market may need 2-3 years to recover to 2019 levels, while the domestic market can recover strongly as soon as the epidemic is under control, according to experts from aviation organisations and Vietnam Airlines. .... More >>>
- Lockdown to ease before Eid
BANGLADESH 9The Daily Star/ANN) -- Just a day after the health directorate’s grim warnings over the deteriorating Covid situation, the government on Monday announced relaxing the ongoing “strict lockdown” ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha. .... More >>>
- Heavy rains hit northern China
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) -- Some areas in northern China are experiencing a round of heavy rains since Sunday.
The areas affected include Beijing, Tianjin, as well as the provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Henan and Shandong. .... More >>>
- Rupganj incident illustrates importance of complying with fire safety codes: ILO
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- The Rupganj incident illustrates the importance of taking adequate fire safety measures while constructing buildings in Bangladesh, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) said in a statement on Saturday..... More >>>
- Lightning top cause of storm related deaths so far this year
CAMBODIA (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN) -- In the first half of this year, natural disasters, rainstorms and thunderstorms killed or injured nearly 200 people and damaged thousands of homes, according to data from the National Committee for Disaster Management (NCDM) obtained by The Post on July 7..... More >>>
- Chinese FM urges int’l community to avoid punishment, intervention with Myanmar
MYANMAR (Eleven Media/ANN) -- State Councilor and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi has called on the international community to do more to help promote internal dialogue .... More >>>
- Curbs to stay during Eid
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- With the nationwide lockdown extended till July 14, the government is unlikely to allow cattle markets in the capital ahead of the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha if the Covid situation doesn’t improve. ... More >>>
- Senators want thorough probe into Sulu military plane crash
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- Several senators are pushing for a thorough probe into the military transport plane crash in Sulu to prevent a repeat of the incident..... More >>>
- 20 missing after mudslide hits Atami
JAPAN (The Japan Times/ANN) -- About 20 people were reported missing after a mudslide triggered by torrential rain destroyed homes in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Saturday, as a seasonal front brought heavy downpours to areas across the Kanto and Tokai regions. Some residents are feared to have been swept away when the mudflow hit homes in Atami’s Izusan district..... More >>>
- Xi: China will never allow foreign bullying
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, delivered an important speech at a grand gathering celebrating the centenary of the CPC’s founding at Tian’anmen Square in Beijing on Thursday..... More >>>
- Green Line contractor says action taken against ‘wrongdoer’
KARACHI (Dawn/ANN) -- A Pakistani company which is accused by a European firm offering its technological support and services .... More >>>
- Monsoon also means police have to cope with the rains and this affects their work
NEPAL (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- On the evening of June 16, Sub-Inspector Sunil Thapa of Area Police Station, Helambu had just returned after warning people residing near the Melamchi river of possible floods as there had been incessant rainfall for several hours.
“There were nine of us in the office,” Thapa remembers. .... More >>>
- Blast kills at least six, injures 50
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- At least six people were killed and 50 others injured in a huge explosion on the ground floor of a three-storey building in the capital’s Moghbazar Sunday evening..... More >>>
- Run-up to lockdown: Madness, again
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- The same old pictures of thousands of people leaving the capital and panic buying at grocery stores have returned as the country braces for another lockdown..... More >>>
- Curbs in 7 districts of Dhaka division: enforcement still falling short
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN)  -- As Covid-19 deaths and infections continue to rise, the government aims to enforce the ongoing restrictions in seven districts around Dhaka more strictly to guard the capital against the virus..... More >>>
- Curbs toughen to delink Dhaka
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Dhaka has been virtually cut off from the rest of the country following the suspension of all inter-district transports  road, rail and waterway  to stem the surge in Covid infections and deaths. .... More >>>
- Hanoi allows re-opening of indoor eating and drinking venues, barbershops
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- With the COVID-19 situation under control in Hanoi, municipal authorities have approved the reopening of indoor dining and drinking venues along with barbershops, effective from midnight tonight. .... More >>>
- Duterte to issue memo on face shields this week
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to issue a memorandum on the use of face shields within the week, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said Monday. .... More >>>
- Over 12 million Filipinos still jobless as of May 2021
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- The number of adult Filipinos who remain jobless as of May 2021 slightly went down to 12.2 million compared to November .... More >>>
- Putin lashes out at US after meeting with Biden
GENEVA (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday lashed out at the United States on arms control, human rights, cyber-attacks, among other issues, after “constructive” talks with his US counterpart Joe Biden..... More >>>
- Bodies of seven people missing in Sindhupalchok flood recovered
NEPAL (The Kathmandu Post/ANN) -- Bodies of seven people, who were missing after floods in Sindhupalchok district since Tuesday, have been recovered on Wednesday. .... More >>>
- Renewables give Indonesia an edge in climate quest
INDONESIA (China Daily/ANN) -- Indonesia can tap its potential in renewable energy to fulfill the country’s commitment to the Paris climate accord and reduce its dependence on coal-based power, according to analysts. .... More >>>
- Storm Koguma weakens into tropical depression, no damage reported
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Storm Koguma, the second storm to hit Vietnam this year, weakened into a.... More >>>
- Putin calls Biden ‘career man,’ hopes there won’t be any impulse-based movements
NEW YORK (TASS) -- US President Joe Biden is a career politician and there is hope that there will not be any impulse-based movements, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with NBC TV channel..... More >>>
- Peace role in Middle East sought
MIDDLE EAST (China Daily/ANN) -- Amid efforts to secure peace between Israel and the Palestinians, experts believe China can play a bigger role as a mediator in the Middle East given its noninterventionist stance and expanding engagements with the region..... More >>>
- Lancang-Mekong Cooperation foreign ministers discuss COVID-19, recovery
CHONGQING (Xinhua) -- Foreign ministers from the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) countries met in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality on Tuesday to discuss joint efforts on the COVID-19 pandemic and future work on recovery and development. .... More >>>
- EU in talks with third countries on mutual recognition of COVID travel certificates
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- The European Commission is engaged in negotiations with third countries, such as the United Kingdom and the United States, on the mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders said here on Monday. .... More >>>
- Fire guts over 500 shanties at Mohakhali slum
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Over 500 shanties were gutted as a fire broke out at a slum in Dhaka’s Mohakhali area early Monday..... More >>>
- More heatwaves on the way for north, north-central Vietnam
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Two more heatwaves are set to hit northern and north-central provinces from now until August, a top meteorologist has said.
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- UNGA president pledges not to let corruption continue unchecked
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- President of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Volkan Bozkir, said on Wednesday that the effects of corruption are “detrimental to all of society” and it should not be allowed to continue unchecked..... More >>>
- WHO validates China’s Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use
GENEVA (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) validated on Tuesday the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac for emergency use. .... More >>>
- China to support couples having third child
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China will support couples who wish to have a third child, according to a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee held on Monday. .... More >>>
- Vietnam’s COVID-19 tally tops 7,000, as HCM City’s outbreak worsens
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN)  -- Vietnam’s national COVID-19 tally surpassed 7,000 cases after 250 community cases were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on Sunday..... More >>>
- GMS countries mull welcoming vaccinated visitors
CAMBODIA (The Phnom Penh Post/ANN)  -- Five of the six Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries  Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam are willing to welcome tourists fully-vaccinated against Covid-19 to their shores amid the pandemic, in an effort to kick-start a recovery in the tourism market dampened by Covid-19..... More >>>
- 9 killed in California mass shooting
SAN FRANCISCO (China Daily/ANN) -- Nine people were killed and at least another injured Wednesday morning after a shooting at a Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) yard north of downtown San Jose in the US state of California, according to local authorities..... More >>>
- Over 200 villages under water as levees break
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN)  -- Houses, crop fields, and structures in over 200 villages in Barguna, Patuakhali, Khulna, Satkhira and Noakhali have been inundated as embankments breached due to storm surges caused by cyclone Yaas. .... More >>>
- Probe launched into Malaysian LRT crash as passengers recall being flung off their seats
KUALA LUMPUR (The Star/ANN) -- Malaysian Transport Minister Wee Ka Siong said the authorities have launched an investigation into a head-on collision involving two light rail transit (LRT) trains on Monday (May 24) night that left 213 people injured, 47 of them seriously.
The accident happened underground between the Kampung Baru and KLCC stations at 8.45pm. .... More >>>
- Media, think tanks set to boost RCEP exchanges
HAINAN (China Daily/ANN) -- The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)agreement will help its participating countries forge more open economic relationships and improve trade liberalisation, officials and experts said..... More >>>
- Mekong Regional Land Forum to take place this week
The 3rd Mekong Regional Land Forum (MRLF2021) is scheduled to take place on May 26-27, linking global participants with those from the Mekong region.
The event addresses the theme of “Land tenure in Mekong forest landscapes: advancing the recognition of customary rights and responsible investment practices”. Due to Covid 19 restrictions on travel and public gathering, the forum will be held online by the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) project, together with the Land Portal.... More >>>
- Xi, Putin witness launch of joint nuclear energy project, high-quality China-Russia cooperation boosted
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Wednesday witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony of a bilateral nuclear energy cooperation project, Tianwan nuclear power plant and Xudapu nuclear power plant, via video link.... More >>>
- Cyclone kills 19, 96 still missing off India’s western coast
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- At least 19 people were killed and many others injured in several states across the western coast of India due to the impact of cyclone Tauktae, local media reported on Tuesday. ... More >>>
- EU countries lift restrictions despite warnings of spread of virus variant
EUROPEAN NATIONS (China Daily/ANN) -- As successful vaccination campaigns allow European nations to gradually lift their COVID-19 restrictions, medical experts and governments are warning that a cautious approach is essential with some saying the relaxations are coming too soon. ... More >>>
- India-related variant can “spread like wildfire” among people not vaccinated: British health secretary
LONDON (Xinhua) -- British Health Secretary Matt Hancock warned Sunday that the coronavirus variant first detected in India can “spread like wildfire” among those who haven’t had a jab.... More >>>
- China succeeds in first Mars landing
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- A Chinese spacecraft streaked down through the Martian sky on Saturday, becoming the country’s first probe to land on a planet other than Earth.... More >>>
- Virus variant on the move beyond India
GENEVA (China Daily/ANN -- The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday a variant of COVID-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world.... More >>>
- Population gets older as growth slows
CHINA (China Daily/ANN -- A adults and an uptick in young people over the past decade, solidifying the country’s rapidly aging pattern, the latest national census data shows. ... More >>>
- Situation with coronavirus stable in Russia – Putin
SOCHI (TASS) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the situation with the spread of coronavirus in Russia remains stable, he told reporters on Monday. ... More >>>
- Putin says there can be no forgiveness for those who ‘again nurture aggressive plans’MOSCOW (TASS) -- There can be no forgiveness for those who have forgotten the lessons of World War Two and are again nurturing aggressive plans, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. ... More >>>
- Pressure grows for India lockdown
INDIA (China Daily/ANN) -- With coronavirus infections surging deeper into record territory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a harsh nationwide lockdown amid criticism that restrictions imposed by individual states ... More >>>
- Putin, Erdogan believe Covid measures taken by Turkey to improve conditions for tourists
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan hope that the two countries will be able to revive tourism traffic thanks to the measures Turkey is taking to curb the spread of the coronavirus.... More >>>
- Turkey releases weekly provincial COVID-19 statistics
TURKEY (Turkey News Agency) -- Turkey’s health minister on Tuesday announced the latest weekly infection rates for COVID-19 across various regions of the country. ... More >>>
- Duterte gets Sinopharm shot as Sputnik V rollout starts
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/ANN) -- As the rollout of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine doses in Metro Manila began, President Rodrigo Duterte was inoculated on Monday with China’s Sinopharm vaccine. ... More >>>
- Seriously ill COVID-19 patients in Japan hit record as infections continue to surge
JAPAN (Kyodo) -- The number of COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms nationwide hit a record 1,050 on Sunday, up 30 from the previous day, as the country grapples with the coronavirus resurgence. ... More >>>
- India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 19 mln, with over 400,000 daily cases
NEW DELHI (Xinhua) -- India’s COVID-19 tally reached 19,164,969 on Saturday, with a single day spike of 401,993 cases, the health ministry said. ... More >>>
- China launches space station core module Tianhe
WENCHANG (Xinhua) -- China on Thursday sent into space the core module of its space station, kicking off a series of key launch missions that aim to complete the construction of the station by the end of next year.... More >>>
- City poor barely on govt’s mind
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Over the last couple of weeks, Abdus Sobhan, a day labourer in the capital, saw his earnings drop to almost nothing.
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- India sends army to help hospitals hit by COVID-19 as countries promise aid
NEW DELHI (China Daily/ANN) -- India ordered its armed forces on Monday to help tackle surging new coronavirus infectionns, as nations including Britain, Germany and the United States pledged urgent medical aid to try to contain an emergency overwhelming the country’s hospitals. ... More >>>
- Chinese, Lao leaders mark relations over past 60 years
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) -- China and Laos have set a model for country-to-country relationships and made positive contributions to advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday.... More >>>
- Premier calls for enhancing friendship with Laos
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) -- Premier Li Keqiang highlighted on Friday the importance for China and Laos to facilitate the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership as early as possible and jointly safeguard the security and stability of regional industrial and supply chains.... More >>>
- US adds about 100 countries to its ‘Do Not Travel’ advisory list
WASHINGTON (China Daily/ANN) -- The US State Department has added about 100 countries this week to its “Level Four: Do Not Travel” advisory list, putting the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Mexico, Germany and others on the list, citing a “very high level of COVID-19.”... More >>>
- Pandemic creates 2.45cr new poor
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) The economic shock induced by the pandemic has pushed 2.45 crore people  - 14.75 percent of the country’s population - into poverty in one year, according to a new survey. ... More >>>
- PIE accident leaves 1 foreign worker dead, 16 injured
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- A 33-year-old man, who was one of 17 migrant workers travelling on the back of a lorry, died after the vehicle collided with a stationary tipper truck along the Pan-Island Expressway (PIE) on Tuesday morning (April 20). ... More >>>
- Quang Nam offers to host international visitors with ‘vaccine passports’
QUANG NAM, Vietnam (Vietnam News/ANN) -- The central province of Quang Nam has put forward plans to host international tourists with vaccine passports and negative coronavirus tests.... More >>>
- Millions of labourers still affected by COVID-19 in first quarter
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- About 9.1 million people in Vietnam had their employment status negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of this year, with workers in the service sector worst affected, according to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO).... More >>>
- Australia feels heat on climate challenge
AUSTRALIA (China Daily/ANN) -- Australia faces a challenging future and confronts the possibility of the catastrophic bushfires that ... More >>>
- Xi urges resolute efforts to curb telecom, online fraud
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) -- Telecom and online fraud has become the fastest growing criminal offense that severely affects the public’s sense of security as the internet has rapidly developed in recent years. ... More >>>
- Wuhan ‘on the rise’ a year after lockdown was lifted
WUHAN (China Daily/ANN) -- One year after a lockdown was lifted, Wuhan, capital of Hubei province, the city hardest hit by COVID-19 on the Chinese mainland, has recovered from the outbreak and is developing at an ... More >>>
- Unemployment rates in Singapore decline for fourth straight month in February
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Unemployment rates here continued to drop for the fourth consecutive month in February as ... More >>>
- Pham Minh Chinh elected Prime Minister of Vietnam
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- The National Assembly (NA) adopted a resolution on the election of Pham Minh Chinh as the Prime Minister for the 2021-2026 tenure on Monday afternoon. ... More >>>
- Nguyen Xuan Phuc elected as State President
HANOI (Xinhua) -- The National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam on Monday elected Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc as the state president.... More >>>
- WHO releases report on global tracing of COVID-19 origins
GENEVA (Xinhua) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday released a report on the global tracing of COVID-19 origins, following a joint research with China on issues including the pathways of the virus and future investigation in different countries. ... More >>>
- Challenges await EU on the road to carbon neutrality
EUROPEAN (China Daily/ANN) -- The European Union aims to become carbon neutral by 2050 and plans to reduce carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. This is not going to be easy. ... More >>>
- Container ship stuck in Suez Canal freed
CAIRO (Xinhua) -- The massive container ship Ever Given has been successfully refloated after being stranded in the Suez Canal for almost a week, Egypt’s Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said on Monday.... More >>>
- HCM City doctors warn against high UV index as hot weather set to peak
HCM CITY (Vietnam News/ANN) -- With the onset of a heat wave in HCM City, doctors are urging people to take preventive measures against heat-related health conditions.... More >>>
- Ukhiya Rohingya Camp: Massive fire razes homes
BANGLADESH (The Daily Star/ANN) -- Four Rohingyas, including two children and a woman, were reportedly killed and hundreds of others were injured in deadly fires that burned several thousand shanties at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhiya, Cox’s Bazar on Monday.... More >>>
- Magnitude 6.9 quake rocks northeastern Japan
JAPAN (Kyodo) -- A strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at a depth of 59 km on Saturday evening at 6:09 pm, just over a month after a quake of similar scale hit the region.... More >>>
- CNB seizes nearly US$1.7 million worth of drugs, including largest cannabis haul in 14 years
SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/ANN) -- The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) has seized about 20.5kg of cannabis in a drug bust - the largest haul of the drug in 14 years. The two-day crackdown, which started on Tuesday (March 16), also saw officers seize about 8.3kg of heroin, about 6.4kg of crystalline methamphetamine, also known as Ice, 1,091 Ecstasy tablets and 1,000 Erimin-5 tablets from multiple locations.
The total amount of drugs seized is estimated to be worth nearly US$1.7 million and can feed 3,950 heroin abusers, 3,700 Ice abusers and 2,930 cannabis abusers for a week.... More >>>
- Mixed reaction for “green” vaccine passport in Europe
VALLETTA (Xinhua) -- The European Commission is planning to put forward its long-awaited and controversial Digital Green Pass on Wednesday, a vaccine passport designed to help Europe’s safe re opening. ... More >>>
- Sandstorm shows the power of nature
CHINA (China Daily/ANN) China has made remarkable achievements in the past two decades in the fight against desertification, however, the sandstorm that swept through a vast area of North China on Monday shows there is still a long way to go, a senior environment protection official said. ... More >>>
- Vietnam successfully clones pigs
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN) -- Vietnamese scientists have for the first time successfully cloned pigs using the somatic cells of ear tissue.... More >>>

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