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Al-Qaeda threatens suicide attacks in Delhi, Mumbai, UP & Gujarat

(The Statesman/ANN) -- Al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) has threatened to carry out ‘suicide bombings’ in Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat to take revenge for the ”insult” of Prophet Muhammad by two now suspended BJP functionaries.

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- Russia lifts all COVID restrictions on transport links with Armenia, Kyrgyzstan
MOSCOW (TASS) -- Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin signed a decree canceling all coronavirus restrictions on transport communication with Armenia and Kyrgyzstan. The document was published on the official portal of legal information on Tuesday. ... More >>>
- Health minister and Hanoi leader expelled from Party for violations
Hanoi (Vietnam News/Asia News Network) — The Party Central Committee has expelled Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long and Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Chu Ngọc Anh from the Party. The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting on Monday afternoon. ... More >>>
- Mekong River stakeholders to discuss balancing development and climate change
The Mekong River Commission will host its 12th Regional Stakeholder Forum, allowing stakeholders in Southeast Asia’s largest river to discuss balancing development and climate change.... More >>>

- Beijing lifts COVID restrictions
(China Daily/Asia News Network) - Beijing announced it would lift a series of COVID-19 restrictions starting on Monday based on improvements in the epidemic situation, bringing the lives of people back closer to normalcy. ... More >>>
- EU's sanctions on Russia weigh on own economy
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- The EU on Friday adopted a sixth sanctions package against Russia, poised to phase out almost 90 percent of Russian oil imports into the bloc by the end of the year.... More >>>
- Inflation, investor jitters, Ukraine crisis weighing on Europe’s growth prospects
ROME (Xinhua) - Soaring prices are expected to limit economic growth in Europe this year, with gross domestic product estimates for 2022 being lowered across the continent.... More >>>
- Asia needs new path toward prosperity
(China Daily/ANN) -- Asia needs to exercise good governance and focus on green technology, digitalisation and innovative solutions as nations gradually rebuild their pandemic-hit economies for a new era, a regional forum was told on Tuesday. ... More >>>
- EU leaders agree to partially ban Russian oil imports, says Charles Michel
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- EU leaders agreed on Monday night to ban “more than two thirds” of Russian oil import to the bloc, President of the European Council Charles Michel tweeted, referring to the move as a maximum pressure on Russia to end the conflict. ... More >>>
- Shanghai enacts post-lockdown action plan
(China Daily/Asia News Network) - Shanghai released a 50-measure action plan on Sunday to fully assist domestic and foreign enterprises in recovering from challenges brought by the wave of COVID-19 infections over the past few months and to rehabilitate Shanghai's economic vitality.... More >>>
- When gun lobby NRA meets protests days after Uvalde school shooting
HOUSTON (Xinhua) --”Protect children, not guns!” Crowds of protesters crying for gun control shouted outside the convention of the well-known gun rights lobby group National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday in downtown Houston, Texas.... More >>>
- Turkey says Finland, Sweden’s NATO bids not to progress unless Ankara’s concerns addressed
NKARA (Xinhua) -- Turkey has set out conditions for the Swedish and Finnish delegations to earn its support over the two Nordic countries’ bids to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), Turkish presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin said on Wednesday.... More >>>
- BRICS countries pin high hopes on cooperation in industrial digital transformation
XIAMEN (Xinhua) -- The industrial internet and digital manufacturing are taking root in BRICS countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India, ... More >>>
- Supply chains in Asia shaken but unshattered
(China Daily/ANN) -- A range of factors have helped Asia’s supply chains weather the COVID-19 pandemic better than those in other parts of the world. But vigilance is needed to maintain these vital trade links. ... More >>>
- Joint efforts pay off as Shanghai combats virus
(China Daily/ANN) -- After signing up to help tackle Shanghai’s latest wave of COVID-19, Chen Lei, 41, a nurse from Renmin Hospital of Wuhan University, Hubei province, did not immediately tell her family.... More >>>
- BRICS will welcome new members, to better represent voices of emerging market economies: experts
(Global Times) - The BRICS should be open to influential countries that better represent the voices of the emerging market economies in the world, and it will allow the organisation to become stronger and more united. ... More >>>
- Turkey threatens not to approve Sweden’s NATO bid if “terrorists” not extradited
ANKARA (Xinhua) -- Turkey will not approve Sweden’s NATO membership if the country does not extradite “terrorists”... More >>>
- Sweden, Finland to submit NATO applications Wednesday
STOCKHOLM (Xinhua) -- Sweden and Finland will jointly submit their applications for the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) membership on Wednesday, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson said Tuesday. ... More >>>
- EU fails to support new sanctions for Russian oil
(China Daily/ANN) -- The European Union has been unable to agree on further sanctions against Russia as Hungary continues to oppose a proposed oil embargo in response to the conflict in Ukraine. ... More >>>
- Sweden, Finland launch talks with Turkey over joining NATO: minister
ANKARA (China Daily/ANN) - - Sweden and Finland proposed to work with Turkey on the "security guarantees" that Ankara has demanded over their plans to join NATO, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday.... More >>>
- Asean, US forge comprehensive strategic partnership
(The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network) -- Asean and the US have agreed to upgrade their partnership to “ Asean -US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership”.... More >>>
- Unification minister nominee willing to visit Pyongyang as special envoy
(The Korea Herald/Asia news Network) -- Unification Minister nominee Kwon Young-se said he would consider visiting Pyongyang as a special envoy when he steps into office, during a parliamentary confirmation hearing on Thursday.... More >>>
- Russian oil ban holdouts not budging inside bloc
(China Daily/ANN) -- Several European Union states are holding out against a proposed EU-wide ban on Russian oil imports despite a strong push by the bloc’s leaders over the past week for an agreement to have been struck before celebrations for Europe Day on Monday. ... More >>>
- China backs EU’s strategic autonomy
(China Daily/ANN) -- Cooperation between China and the European Union presents opportunities to both, and the two sides share far broader common interests than differences, President Xi Jinping said on Monday, as he reaffirmed Beijing’s commitment to supporting the strategic autonomy of the bloc. ... More >>>
- Russia holds military parade to mark V-Day
MOSCOW (Xinhua) -- Russia held a grand military parade in central Moscow’s Red Square on Monday to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory in the Great Patriotic War.... More >>>
- Preparations in place for HKSAR’s sixth-term chief executive election
HONG KONG (Xinhua) -- Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Carrie Lam on Saturday inspected the final stage of preparatory work of the main polling station and central counting station for the HKSAR’s sixth-term chief executive election to be held on Sunday.... More >>>
- Hungary “can’t support” EU’s new sanctions against Russia in current form: FM
BUDAPEST (Xinhua) -- Hungary’s government cannot responsibly support the European Commission’s new package... More >>>
- North Korea reportedly fires unidentified projectile toward east sea
(Sputnik) -- The May launch marks the 14th such incident in 2022, and comes shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un underscored the importance and need for the country to strengthen its military power against nuclear threats.... More >>>
- Korean scientists develop world’s 1st photothermal filters that kill coronavirus
(The Korea Herald/ANN) -- South Korean scientists have developed the world’s first photothermal-effect-based high efficiency particulate air filter -- also known as HEPA filter -- that can take out 99.9 percent of influenza and COVID-19 viruses, the Korea Institute of Energy Research said Tuesday. ... More >>>
- Beijing toughens Covid-19 restrictions for May Day holidays
BEIJING (The Straits Times/ANN) -- Worried that a five-day May Day break could undo efforts to curb a burgeoning outbreak in the capital city, Beijing authorities have toughened restrictions and expanded testing requirements over one of the country’s biggest holiday periods.
All restaurants have been barred from offering dine-in service, being allowed to serve only takeouts.... More >>>
- EU prepared for Russian gas cut-off: von der Leyen
BRUSSELS (Xinhua) -- The European Union (EU) is ready to face the suspension of Russian gas deliveries to its member states, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday.... More >>>
- ‘Partygate’ probe may give Johnson no choice but to go
(China Daily/ANN) -- The long-awaited independent report into lockdown regulation breaches at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street residence is so critical of his involvement in the so-called Partygate affair that senior government officials said he will have no choice but to step down as leader of the country when it comes out, reported The Times newspaper. ... More >>>
- UN chief pushes for truce in Ukraine despite Russian envoy’s negative response
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres continues to push for a halt in hostilities in Ukraine even though a Russian UN envoy said a cease-fire is not a good option at the moment, said a UN spokesman. ... More >>>
- China offers solutions for global security
(China Daily/Asia News Network) - As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues and its spillover effects loom large, the Global Security Initiative proposed by President Xi Jinping with a vision of upholding "common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable" security has offered China's solution to the world's security dilemmas, according to analysts.... More >>>
- GBA launches first cold chain freight train for Laos, Thailand
(China Daily/ANN) -- China’s Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area launched China-Laos-Thailand international first cold chain train to establish a new global logistic corridor, 21st Century News reported on Friday.... More >>>
- Asia becomes global powerhouse of IPR and innovation, says Boao Forum
(China Daily) -- Asia has become a global powerhouse of innovation and intellectual property rights, which has given a strong boost to the world economy, said Shen Changyu, head of the China National Intellectual Property Administration on Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan province, on Wednesday.... More >>>
- Horn of Africa hunger could soar to 20 mln by year end: UN
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua/China Daily) -- Drought and Ukraine conflict fallout could increase hunger in the Horn of Africa from 14 million people to 20 million by year’s end, a UN spokesman said on Tuesday. Stephane Dujarric, ... More >>>
- Firms in Shanghai gear up for wider reopening with ‘pressure test’
(Global Times) -- More firms in Shanghai are announcing the launch of “trial operations” on Monday, a cautious but optimistic move suggesting the beginning of supply chain recovery, as authorities unveiled a slew of guidelines encouraging companies to resume operations and unblock logistics bottlenecks amid the latest COVID-19 flare-ups. ... More >>>
- Expert advises differentiated treatments for COVID-19
(China Daily/ANN) -- Though generally causing milder symptoms, the Omicron variant can lead to severe cases and even death in those with underlying conditions. A medical expert has advised optimising the use of medical resources at designated hospitals and differentiated treatments for the infected.... More >>>
- Report exposes rising anti-Asian racism in US
(China Daily/ANN) -- A report exposing increasing anti-Asian racism in the United States was released by the China Society for Human Rights Studies on Friday.... More >>>
- President praises hospital for successful liver transplantation for 9-month-old child
(Vietnam News/ANN) -- The National Children’s Hospital was praised by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc for their successful liver transplantation operation on a nine-month-old child, who is discharged from the facility on Monday. ... More >>>
- Shanghai opens largest makeshift hospital with 50,000 beds, may see ‘end of epidemic in early May’ under strict measures
(Global Times) -- Shanghai inaugurated its largest makeshift hospital on Saturday amid heightened efforts in battling Omicron, as new daily infections continued to climb. Amid current decisive and effective epidemic control measures, a research team forecast that the epidemic in Shanghai will soon start to ebb and may come to an end in early May. ... More >>>
- Envoy calls for assessment of biological security threat
(China Daily/ANN) -- A Chinese envoy on Wednesday called on the international community to assess documents on US military biological activities, which were published by the Russian government, to alleviate the “great concern” of the international community.... More >>>
- Four global organisations urge US$ 15 bln grants this year to fight pandemics
WASHINGTON (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and three other global organisations on Tuesday urged the allocation of US$15 billion in grants this year to fight pandemics and strengthen health systems both domestically and overseas. ... More >>>
- China sincerely wants peace in Ukraine: FM
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- China hopes Russia and Ukraine would stick to peace talks until a ceasefire agreement is reached and the only thing that China wants is peace in Ukraine, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Monday. ... More >>>
- Govt. launches scheme to promote connectivity between North-East and intl. destinations
KUALA LUMPUR (The Straits Times/NN) -- Malaysia has warned petrol station operators against selling subsidised petrol to foreign-registered vehicles, with a minister saying that they could be fined up... More >>>
- Xi: Ukraine peace talks vital
(China Daily/ANN) -- President Xi Jinping reaffirmed China’s support on Friday for peace talks in resolving the Ukraine crisis, saying that China and the European Union should remain committed to bringing the situation under control and preventing a spillover of the crisis.... More >>>
- Path set out for meeting of presidents
(China Daily/ANN) -- Moscow has proposed a meeting between the Russian and Ukrainian presidents for the first time during the conflict.... More >>>
- New round of Russia-Ukraine talks end in Istanbul
ISTANBUL (Xinhua) -- Russia and Ukraine have concluded their fresh round of face-to-face peace talks here on Tuesday, which lasted for about... More >>>
- TCM treatment’s role detailed for nation’s COVID-19 protocol
(China Daily/ANN) -- The latest diagnosis and treatment protocol for COVID-19 includes greatly expanded content about traditional Chinese medicine and features acupuncture therapy for the first time, experts said. ... More >>>
- Russia, Ukraine to hold new round of peace talks
MOSCOW (Xinhua) -- Russian and Ukrainian delegations will hold a new round of face-to-face negotiations on March 29-30, head of Russia’s negotiation team Vladimir Medinsky said on Sunday.... More >>> - All 132 on board crashed MU5735 confirmed dead: official
(Global Times) -- In an update late Saturday night, officials announced that all 132 people  ̶ 123 passengers and 9 crew members  ̶  onboard flight MU5735, which crashed on Monday in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have been confirmed dead, Xinhua News Agency reported.
Implementing requirements from the Central Committee of Communist Party of China and State Council, China’s cabinet, the state emergency command response team has coordinated efforts across firefighting departments, the People’s Liberation Army, People’s Armed Forces and public security organs to carry out a thorough investigation at the crash site for six consecutive days.... More >>>
- Security Council fails to adopt resolution on humanitarian situation in Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- The 15-member UN Security Council on Wednesday failed to adopt... More >>>
- No survivors found yet in China plane crash as rescue continues
NANNING (Xinhua) -- No survivors have been found so far after a passenger plane with 132 people aboard crashed in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, an aviation official said late Tuesday.... More >>>
- Xi, like minds advance peace-making efforts
(China Daily/Asia news Network) -- Standing behind the peace talks, controlling the humanitarian crisis and avoiding a greater impact on the global economy, a number of developing countries have echoed China’s stance on these topics of common concern as they discussed the Ukraine crisis in diplomatic circles.... More >>>
- FM: Beijing position objective, fair on resolving Eastern European conflict
(China Daily/ANN) -- Senior Chinese diplomats followed through over the weekend on President Xi Jinping’s latest points on the Ukraine situation, ... More >>>
- Xi has candid, in-depth exchange of views with Biden
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping had a video call with US President Joe Biden at the request of the latter on Friday. The two Presidents had a candid and in-depth exchange of views on China-US relations, the situation in Ukraine, and other issues of mutual interest.... More >>>
- New COVID-19 protocols key to China’s battle against pandemic
(China Daily/ANN) -- The new adjustments that China has made to its COVID-19 diagnosis and treatment protocols based on clinical evidence will be pivotal to... More >>>
- Dynamic zero-COVID policy working, NHC says
(China Daily/Asia News Network) -- The latest COVID-19 epidemic, which has affected 28 provincial-level regions, is controllable, and China will continue with its dynamic zero-COVID policy, which has proved to be effective against the highly infectious Omicron variant, the National Health Commission said ... More >>>
- Pandemic pushed 4.7 mn more people into extreme poverty in SE Asia
The Covid-19 pandemic pushed 4.7 million people in Southeast Asia into extreme poverty in 2021, according to a new ... More >>>

- UN chief calls for efforts to promote gender equality, women’s rights
UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Monday that gender equality and women’s rights must be at the heart of a renewed social contract that is fit for today’s societies and economies. ... More >>>
- EU accession must wait, Zelensky told
(China Daily/ANN) -- European Union leaders have failed to agree on a date to end energy dependence on Russia and on granting Ukraine fast-track membership, and French and German leaders are continuing to seek diplomatic resolutions to the conflict.... More >>>
- China signs electricity agreement with Laos
(Global Times) -- Following the three-month smooth operation of the China-Laos Railway, China is strengthening energy cooperation with Laos, signing an electricity agreement with the country... More >>>
- Presidential Transition Committee to launch ahead of Yoon’s inauguration
(The Korea Herald/ANN) -- Yoon Suk-yeol of the conservative People Power Party has been elected as the new president of South Korea, ... More >>>
- Xi holds virtual summit with leaders of France, Germany
BEIJING (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping had a virtual summit with French President Emmanuel Macron and ... More >>>
- Nations urged to de-escalate Russia-Ukraine conflict
(China Daily/Asia News Network) -- China urged the international community on Monday to facilitate peace talks between Russia and Ukraine to de-escalate the conflict between them and strive to avoid the occurrence of a massive humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. ... More >>>
- Life turns sour as cost of living soars in US
(China Daily/ANN) -- People in the United States are paying more for everyday items, driving less to save gasoline, relocating to cheaper apartments and delaying holidays as they feel the pain of inflation, the highest in 40 years.... More >>>
- Ukraine, Russia to hold next round of talks on Monday: Ukrainian negotiator
KYIV (China Daily/Xinhua) -- Ukraine and Russia will hold the next round of peace talks on Monday, David Arakhamia, member of the Ukrainian delegation, said Saturday.... More >>>
- Yoon, Ahn unify candidacies; Ahn concedes
(The Korea Herald/Asia News Network) -- Presidential candidates of the two opposition parties, Yoon Suk-yeol and Ahn Cheol-soo, merged their campaigns Thursday in a dramatic turn of events a day before early voting begins.... More >>>
- Fighting continues as Russia, Ukraine expected to resume talks
MOSCOW/KIEV (Xinhua) -- Fighting continues as Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine has entered the seventh day, while a new round of peace talks is reportedly to take place. ... More >>>

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