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Police stand guard on a road to deter pro-democracy protesters from blocking roads in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong on May 27, 2020, as the city’s legislature debates over a law that bans insulting China’s national anthem. – Hong Kong police cast a dragnet around the financial hub’s legislature on May 27, firing pepper-ball rounds and arresting hundreds as they stamped down on protests against a bill banning insults to China’s national anthem.

China parliament approves plan to impose HK security law

China’s parliament approved plans Thursday to impose a security law on Hong Kong that critics say will eradicate the city’s promised freedoms.   The vote by the rubber-stamp National People’s…

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Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, leaves British Columbia Supreme Court, after hearing the decision of Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes on her double-criminality judgment in Vancouver, on May 27, 2020. – Meng Wanzhou was dealt a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the US will go ahead. The decision on so-called double criminality, a key test for extradition, found that bank fraud accusations against Meng would stand up in Canada. The interim ruling denying Meng’s attempt to gain her freedom means she will continue to live in Vancouver under strict bail conditions while her case plays out. (Photo by Don MacKinnon / AFP)

Canadian court rules against Huawei exec fighting extradition

An executive for Chinese tech giant Huawei suffered a legal setback Wednesday when a Canadian judge ruled that proceedings to extradite her to the United States will go ahead.  The…

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Thai doctor faces charges for involvement in cross-border surrogacy racket

Anti-human trafficking police have summoned a Thai doctor to acknowledge charges of involvement in a Chinese-funded cross-border surrogacy service, using Thai women to bear babies for Chinese couples. The police…

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FILE : In this file photo taken on July 26, 2009, Macao tycoon Stanley Ho, talks to reporters after the Macau chief executive election in Macao. On Tuesday, May 26, 2020, the family of Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon considered the father of modern gambling in China, has died at 98. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File)

Stanley Ho, who built Macao’s gambling industry, dies at 98

Stanley Ho, the Macao casino tycoon who was considered the father of modern gambling in China, died Tuesday in Hong Kong, his daughter Pansy Ho said. He was 98. Known…

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FILE PHOTO: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam speaks during a news conference, in Hong Kong, China February 3, 2020. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Hong Kong’s leader says security laws will not affect city’s rights and freedoms

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Tuesday added to a raft of attempts by local and Beijing officials to provide reassurance that proposed national security laws…

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FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

WHO warns of “second peak” in areas where COVID-19 declining

Countries where coronavirus infections are declining could still face an “immediate second peak” if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organization said…

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China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of May 21, 2020

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Man sentenced to death in Singapore via Zoom call

A man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state’s first case where capital punishment has been delivered…

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In this photo released by the Taiwan Presidential Office, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, center, walks ahead of Vice-President Lai Ching-te, left of her, as they attend an inauguration ceremony in Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Tsai was inaugurated for a second term amid increasing pressure from China on the self-governing island democracy it claims as its own territory. (Taiwan Presidential Office via AP)

Taiwan President Tsai calls for stability in China relations

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called for stability in relations with China in her inaugural address Wednesday but said she would not accept Beijing’s political terms that would “downgrade Taiwan and…

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WHO faces virus probe after Trump threat

The World Health Organization agreed Tuesday to launch an investigation into its coronavirus response, as Beijing accused Washington of shirking its responsibility after President Donald Trump threatened to quit the…

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Trump threatens to halt WHO funding, review U.S. membership

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Monday to permanently halt funding for the World Health Organization (WHO) if it did not commit to improvements within 30 days, and to reconsider…

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FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a protective mask passes by a billboard depicting Chinese President Xi Jinping as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Belgrade, Serbia, April 1, 2020. The text on the billboard reads “Thanks, brother Xi”. Picture taken April 1, 2020. REUTERS/Djordje Kojadinovic/File Photo

China’s Xi says supports WHO probe when COVID-19 controlled

China supports a comprehensive review of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic led by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the virus that causes the disease is brought under…

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with resturant executives in the State Dining Room of the White House May 18, 2020, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)

Trump reveals he is taking hydroxychloroquine

President Donald Trump on Monday made the surprising revelation that he is taking hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that his own government experts say is not suitable for fighting the novel…

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks to avoid the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) arrive at Gimpo international airport in Seoul, South Korea, May 1, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea demands removal from Thailand’s list of COVID high risk countries

The South Korean Embassy in Bangkok issued a statement today urging the Thai government to remove South Korea from the list of COVID-19 “high risk” countries, claiming the situation now…

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Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov visits the Dream Island amusement park ahead of its upcoming inauguration in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020. (Shamil Zhumatov/Pool Photo via AP)

Russian president’s spokesman hospitalized with coronavirus

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has been hospitalized with the coronavirus, the latest in a series of setbacks for President Vladimir Putin as Russia struggles to contain the…

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A worker disinfects a bench at Westmead Hospital amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, May 12, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australians told to ‘maintain vigilance’ as coronavirus curbs eased

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians need to stay on guard against new outbreaks of novel coronavirus as mobility restrictions are eased across the country this week, authorities said, as the death…

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Europe, New York start emerging from lockdown as fresh cases hit Asia

Swathes of Europe as well as New York began the long process of reopening from coronavirus lockdowns on Monday, but a resurgence of infections in China and South Korea offered…

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US Supreme Court to take on Trump taxes and presidential immunity

Can Donald Trump refuse to turn over his tax returns and financial records to Congress and New York prosecutors? The Supreme Court takes up this politically charged question on Tuesday,…

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 29, 2018 shows an illustration picture of a toy umbella and coins next to the logo of rental website Airbnb. – Home sharing platform Airbnb on May 5, 2020, announced it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed for the San Francisco-based company to survive until people start traveling anew, Airbnb co-founder and chief executive Brian Chesky said in a blog post. (Photo by JOEL SAGET / AFP)

Airbnb slashes staff in effort to ride out pandemic

Home-sharing platform Airbnb said Tuesday it will slash one fourth of its workforce — some 1,900 people — as the coronavirus pandemic crushes the travel industry. The cuts are needed…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley testifies before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on “Department of Defense Budget Posture on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 4, 2020. REUTERS/Tom Brenner

Top U.S. general: ‘We don’t know’ if coronavirus emerged from Chinese lab

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top U.S. general said on Tuesday it was still unknown whether the coronavirus emerged from a wet market in China, a laboratory or some other location,…

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern will join an Australian leaders’ meeting to discuss establishing a ‘trans-Tasman bubble’ that would allow the lifting of bilateral travel bans.

Australia, New Zealand weigh trans-Tasman virus ‘bubble’

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will join an Australian leaders’ meeting on Tuesday to discuss establishing a “trans-Tasman bubble” that allows the neighbours to lift bilateral coronavirus travel bans….

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WHO says has no proof from US on ‘speculative’ Wuhan lab claims

The World Health Organization said Monday that Washington had provided no evidence to support “speculative” claims by the US president that the new coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. “We…

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Europe prepares for more lockdown easing as virus hopes rise

Europe on Sunday prepared for a further cautious easing of coronavirus restrictions following signs the pandemic may be slowing, after Spaniards flocked to the streets to jog, cycle and rollerskate…

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In this pool photo taken on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin attends a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and a cabinet via teleconference in Moscow, Russia. Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate. (Dmitry Astakhov, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian prime minister says he tested positive for virus

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said Thursday that he has tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the highest-ranking Russian official known to have gotten infected. Mishustin…

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Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China’s handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his…

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WHO chief says pandemic ‘far from over’, worried about children

GENEVA (Reuters) – The coronavirus pandemic is “far from over” and is still disrupting normal health services, especially life-saving immunisation for children in the poorest countries, the head of the…

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FILE PHOTO: A municipality worker walks among graves at a cemetery complex provided by the government for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) victims in Jakarta, Indonesia April, 22, 2020. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Exclusive: More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with coronavirus symptoms, data shows

(Reuters) – More than 2,200 Indonesians have died with acute symptoms of COVID-19 but were not recorded as victims of the disease, a Reuters review of data from 16 of…

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Trump abandons ‘enemy’ media briefings — then comes right back

President Donald Trump was so angry at the media, and so sore from ridicule over his suggestion that coronavirus patients be injected with disinfectant, that he abandoned his daily briefing…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press briefing at the State Department in Washington, U.S., April 22, 2020. Nicholas Kamm/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Pompeo says U.S. may never restore WHO funds after cutoff over pandemic

WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the COVID-19 pandemic shows the need to overhaul the World Health Organization, warning that Washington may never restore WHO funding and…

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A woman, wearing a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, cycles with a child in the front of the bicycle along a footpath in Singapore on April 20, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore confirms 1,016 more coronavirus cases

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s health ministry said on Wednesday it had preliminarily confirmed another 1,016 cases of the novel coronavirus, taking total infections there to 10,141. The health ministry said…

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A memorial pays tribute to Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Heidi Stevenson, a mother of two and a 23-year veteran of the force, along the highway in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. Canadian police are investigating at 16 crime scenes after a weekend rampage by a gunman disguised as a police officer left at least 18 dead, including Stevenson, and homes in smoldering ruins in rural communities across Nova Scotia. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian police say 22 victims after rampage in Nova Scotia

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian police said Tuesday they believe there are at least 22 victims after a gunman wearing a police uniform shot people in their homes and set fires…

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FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks as he takes part in a meeting of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) in this image released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 11, 2020. KCNA/via REUTERS/File Photo

North Korean media silent on Kim’s whereabouts as speculation on health rages

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean state media on Wednesday made no mention of new appearances by leader Kim Jong Un, a day after intense international speculation over his health was…

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Death toll from Canada’s worst mass shooting rises to 19

PORTAPIQUE, Nova Scotia/OTTAWA (Reuters) – The death toll from the worst mass shooting in Canadian history rose to 19, including a police officer and the gunman, Canadian police said on…

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FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during a news conference prior to the anniversary of the mosque attacks that took place the prior year in Christchurch, New Zealand, March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Martin Hunter

New Zealand set to announce whether to ease virus lockdown measures

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s top leadership met on Monday to decide on whether to ease harsh lockdown measures put in place to stamp out the spread of the coronavirus…

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FILE PHOTO: A handful of tourists stand atop the mostly deserted steps of the Sydney Opera House, where scheduled public performances have been cancelled due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sydney, Australia, March 18, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australians told restrictions must stay even as new virus infections slow

SYDNEY (Reuters) – More than 150 Australian economists on Monday warned the government against easing social distancing rules aimed at halting the spread of the new coronavirus even as the…

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Hundreds of New Hampshire residents rallied outside the statehouse in Concord on April 18 to urge a quick end to the northeastern state’s virus-related stay-at-home rule. (AFP / Joseph Prezioso)

Hundreds protest against US virus rules

(AFP) Hundreds protested Saturday in cities across America against coronavirus-related lockdowns — with encouragement from President Donald Trump — as resentment grows against the crippling economic cost of confinement. An…

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers prepare to take a suspect at a gas station in Enfield, Nova Scotia, Sunday April 19, 2020. Canadian police say multiple people are dead plus the suspect after a shooting rampage across the province of Nova Scotia. It was the deadliest shooting in Canada in 30 years. (Tim Krochak/The Canadian Press via AP)

13 killed in Canada shooting rampage, deadliest in 30 years

TORONTO (AP) — A man disguised as a police officer went on a shooting rampage in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia on Sunday, killing 13 people, in the deadliest…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of April 18, 2020

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Medical workers walk by tents set up to test for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection at Kawakita General Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, April 17, 2020. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

As coronavirus infections mount, Japan at last expands testing

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan, alarmed by rising coronavirus deaths and the specter of the collapse of the medical system, is scrambling to expand testing with drive-through facilities and general practitioners…

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The mostly deserted city centre is seen following the implementation of stricter social-distancing and self-isolation rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Sydney, Australia, April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australia may keep coronavirus restrictions for a year, schools may work on roster

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian public life could be constrained for another year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Friday, as the country’s most populous state…

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US President Donald Trump and government coordinator Dr Deborah Birx lay out the plan for reopening the economy

Trump says US will gradually reopen economy

President Donald Trump said Thursday he is recommending a gradual reopening of the US economy from the catastrophic shutdown ordered to stop the spread of the coronavirus. “Based on the…

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China says WHO has said no evidence coronavirus was made in a lab

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s foreign ministry said on Thursday the World Health Organization has said there is no evidence that the coronavirus that has infected more than 2 million people…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of April 15, 2020

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Trump to convene G7 leaders in video call to discuss pandemic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will hold a video teleconference with G7 leaders on Thursday to coordinate national responses to the coronavirus outbreak, the White House said on…

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South African police clashed with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown

Hungry S.Africans clash with police over food aid in Cape Town

South African police on Tuesday fired rubber bullets and teargas in clashes with Cape Town township residents protesting over access to food aid during a coronavirus lockdown. Hundreds of angry…

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha speaks at the ASEAN Summit this morning. — Picture from the Government House

PM Prayut urges ASEAN’s joint efforts to fight Covid-19

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning called on ASEAN countries to mobilize the energies and efforts of all sectors to jointly fight the novel coronavirus which is ravaging more than…

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ASEAN needs united response to fight pandemic – Singapore PM Lee

SINGAPORE – Asean has to mount a united response to the coronavirus pandemic as the region is deeply connected and interdependent, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday. The…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of April 11, 2020

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BURLINGTON, VT – MARCH 11: Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) delivers a campaign update at the Hotel Vermont on March 11, 2020 in Burlington, Vermont. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, making Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Donald Trump in a general election campaign that…

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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in cases, 24 doctors die

JAKARTA (REUTERS) – Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting the virus. The…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is seen on Dowing Street in London, Britain October 29, 2019 REUTERS/Toby Melville

British PM Johnson moved to ICU as coronavirus symptoms worsen

LONDON (REUTERS) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened though his Downing Street office said he was…

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630 die in New York in a day, coronavirus cases in US top 300,000

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Coronavirus-related illnesses killed 630 people in the last day in New York state, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, in the bleakest 24 hours yet for…

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Thailand’s new infection rate falls below 100, as overseas returnees trigger alarm

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infection rate has fallen below 100 for the first time since March 22 as authorities today try frantically to locate a large group of Thais who returned…

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Immigration officials negotiating with Thai returnees at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday.

Thailand closed to arriving flights for three days after incident

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CVAT) has stopped all international flights from landing in Thailand for three days, from midnight last night, after some members of a group of…

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Top 10 countries with highest number of COVID-19 as of April 3, 2020

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Update of COVID-19 as of April 2nd, 2020

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Phuket, Yala, Narathiwat placed on lockdown

Three southern provinces of Phuket, Yala and Narathiwat have been placed on lockdown in a bid to curb the coronavirus pandemic.  Land traffic in an out of these provinces are…

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Phuket headed for a complete lockdown

The tourist island of Phuket is headed for a complete lockdown as its airport will be closed to all traffic starting April 10, according to an order of Governor Pakkapong…

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In this March 26, 2020, photo, tourists play on a beach in Phuket, Thailand. Tourists across Asia are finding their dream vacations have turned into travel nightmares as airlines cancel flights and countries close their borders in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Penny Wang)

Phuket lockdown comes into effect at midnight on Sunday

Citing the worsening COVID-19 situation in Phuket province, Governor Pakkapong Thaveewat has imposed a lockdown of the popular resorting island, prohibiting all land and sea access to and from the…

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

Asia virus latest: Australia domestic violence cases surge, first NZ death

Here are the latest developments from Asia related to the novel coronavirus pandemic: – Singapore cancels man’s passport – Singapore cancelled the passport of a citizen who breached his mandatory…

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Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges

A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with “narco-terrorism” along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said…

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A plane carrying the Olympic flame arrives before Olympic Flame Arrival Ceremony at Japan Air Self-Defense Force Matsushima Base in Higashimatsushima in Miyagi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the games should to be postponed or canceled because of the worldwide virus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

Olympics delay a blow for virus-hit Tokyo hotels

The shock postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has dealt a savage blow to Japan’s hotels and tourism industry, already reeling from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Many operators…

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Top 10 countries with the highest numbers of COVID-19. as of March 28th, 2020

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(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva speaks in Washington, DC. – The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, Georgieva said on March 27. 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday. “It is clear that…

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Tourists arrive to visit the Milan Cathedral on March 2, 2020. – The Duomo reopens, for the first time since the coronavirus crisis in the Italian Lombardia northen region. Since the Covid-19 outbreak in Italy, the epicentre of the virus in Europe, Milan is strongly hit by economic downturn, causing residents and business owners concern. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

There is no “Italian coronavirus” – Italian envoy

There is no new strain of coronavirus originating in Italy as claimed by a Thai doctor, according to the Italian ambassador to Thailand. A senior Thai health official also dismissed…

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An Indian health worker speaks next to a banner durign a Corona virus information camp for travellers at an India-Nepal border crossing some 32 kms from Siliguri on January 26, 2020. – Health authorities in Nepal on January 24 confirmed that a student who returned from Wuhan, China tested positive for the new coronavirus, becoming the first South Asian country to report the deadly disease. (Photo by DIPTENDU DUTTA / AFP)

India imposes 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting…

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US has potential to become new Covid-19 epicenter — WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States has the potential to become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic due to a “very large acceleration” in infections there, the World Health…

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India imposes 14-hour curfew to curb coronavirus spread

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India launched a 14-hour long curfew on Sunday to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus epidemic in the country, where 315 people have so far been found to have…

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First Thai woman dies of COVID-19 while abroad

A 66-year old Thai woman, who worked as a chef at a Thai restaurant in Washington DC, died of COVID-19 at the Med Star Hospital in Georgetown on Saturday. According…

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(FILES) This file photo taken on March 19, 2017 shows US singer Kenny Rogers performing in concert on his ‘Farewell Tour’ during Rodeo Austin at the Travis County Expo Center in Austin, Texas. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO / AFP)

Country music legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Country music legend Kenny Rogers, whose career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his family said late Friday. “Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the…

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WHO describes coronavirus outbreak as pandemic

GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization is characterizing the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday. “We are deeply concerned…

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Thailand suspends visa on arrival facility for citizens of 18 countries

In light of the global spread of COVID-19 and increasing concern over a potential widespread domestic outbreak, Thailand has suspended the visa on arrival (VOA) facility for citizens of 18…

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FILE PHOTO: British Conservative MP Nadine Dorries speaks in the Parliament during a debate on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, in London, Britain April 3, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS

UK health minister Dorries diagnosed with coronavirus

(Reuters) – British junior health minister Nadine Dorries has tested positive for coronavirus and is self-isolating, she said on Tuesday. Dorries said she took “all the advised precautions” as soon…

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FILE PHOTO – State Counsellor of Myanmar Aung San Suu Kyi attends the 22nd ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Bangkok, Thailand, November 4, 2019. REUTERS/Chalinee Thirasupa

Myanmar’s parliament blocks bid by Suu Kyi party to reduce army power

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Myanmar’s parliament blocked a bid by the party of leader Aung San Suu Kyi to reduce the role of the military in politics on Tuesday, almost a…

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In this March 8, 2020, photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a staff member walks down a corridor of an empty makeshift hospital in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei Province. The makeshift hospital converted from a sports venue was officially closed on Sunday after its last batch of cured COVID-19 patients were discharged. (Xiao Yijiu/Xinhua via AP)

Xi visits virus’ epicenter as fears of recession grip world

BEIJING (AP) — China’s president visited the center of the global virus outbreak Tuesday as Italy began a sweeping nationwide travel ban and people worldwide braced for the possibility of…

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A completely empty Fondamenta della Misericordia is seen on Monday in Venice, Italy. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced a “national emergency” due to the coronavirus outbreak and imposed quarantines on the Lombardy and Veneto regions.

Italy extends coronavirus lockdown to whole country

ROME (Reuters) – The whole of Italy will be placed under lockdown until next month, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced on Monday, in an unprecedented and unexpected new attempt to…

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Prince Harry and wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will join other royals members Monday at a Commonwealth Day ceremony at Westminster Abbey, their last official appearance before stepping back from their roles at the end of March

One last event before Harry and Meghan bow out

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will make their last official appearance as senior royals on Monday, joining Queen Elizabeth II for an event in London before they set off…

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Rescue workers are seen on the site where a hotel being used for the novel coronavirus quarantine collapsed in the southeast Chinese port city of Quanzhou, Fujian province, China March 7, 2020. Picture taken March 7, 2020. cnsphoto via REUTERS.

China quarantine hotel collapse kills 10

At least ten people were killed in the collapse of a hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China, authorities said Sunday. Rescuers retrieved 48 people from the…

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Sattahip naval base will be centre for screening Thai workers from South Korea

Sattahip naval base has been designated as the centre for screening Thai workers returning from South Korea, to determine whether they should be quarantined in state facilities or enter self-quarantine…

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FILE – In this Jan. 29, 2020, file photo, a shopper walks in a street market aimed for Chinese tourists in Bangkok, Thailand. The outbreak of new virus centered on the Chinese city of Wuhan is giving global business chills. Thailand’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate to 1% from 1.25% on Wednesday to help the economy weather a series of setbacks, most lately the virus outbreak in China that has devastated its tourism sector. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

China exports plunge on coronavirus epidemic

China’s exports plummeted in the first two months of this year on the back of a coronavirus epidemic that forced businesses to suspend operations, disrupting the world’s supply chains. Exports…

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Coronavirus cases hit 100,000 as cruise ship fears grow

The number of cases from the new coronavirus topped 100,000 worldwide as the US battled to contain an outbreak on board a stranded cruise ship where 21 people have tested…

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Mahathir says Muhyiddin is not rightful prime minister

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said Sunday that newly sworn-in Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin does not have majority support in the Parliament. Claiming that Muhyiddin is not the rightful…

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Malaysia’s king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Muhyiddin Yassin will become Malaysia’s next prime minister, the country’s king said on Saturday, saying he may have the majority support among lawmakers in parliament. Muhyiddin…

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Malaysia’s monarchy to rule on pathway out of political turmoil

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s nine monarchs are due to meet on Friday to determine how the country’s next government will be formed after the shock resignation of Mahathir Mohamad…

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Men ride a motorcycle past security forces patrolling a street in a riot affected area after clashes erupted between people demonstrating for and against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, February 26, 2020. © Reuters / Adnan Abidi

At least 30 killed, 250 wounded in Delhi riots as UN chief urges restraint

Violent unrest in India’s capital has left at least 30 people dead, with more than 250 injured. After days of intense clashes between rival protesters over a citizenship law, the…

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This handout photo taken and released on February 25, 2020 by the Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia shows interim prime minister Mahathir Mohamad working in his office in Putrajaya. – Mahathir, 94, the world’s oldest leader, has been appointed interim leader while intense political jockeying is underway to form a new government. (Photo by Khairul Ariffin / Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO / Prime Minister’s Office of Malaysia / Khairul Ariffin” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Mahathir, Anwar make rival efforts to form government

As Malaysia’s interim Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad begins his attempts to form what he describes as a non-partisan administration his political rival Anwar Ibrahim is nominated as prime minister candidate…

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Security personnel stand guard near burnt-out and damaged shops following clashes between people supporting and opposing a contentious amendment to India’s citizenship law, in New Delhi on February 26, 2020. – Riot police patrolled the streets of India’s capital on February 26 following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20 lives, with fears of more violent clashes. (Photo by Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP)

Modi calls for calm as Delhi riots toll rises to 27

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for calm Wednesday after Delhi’s worst sectarian violence in decades left at least 27 people dead and prompted demands for a military curfew. This week’s…

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A shop burns as a mob sets it on fire during violence between two groups in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. At least 10 people were killed in two days of clashes that cast a shadow over U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to the country. (AP Photo)

Hindu, Muslim clashes kill 13 in Delhi as Modi, Trump talk

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks at Muslims protesting a new citizenship law Tuesday on a second day of deadly clashes that cast a…

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Egypt’s ex-president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, who ruled for three decades before he was ousted amid the Arab Spring protests in 2011, died Tuesday at age 91. The burly autocrat with the trademark…

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Harvey Weinstein found guilty in landmark #MeToo moment

Weinstein, 67, convicted of rape and sexual assault against two women, sealing his dizzying fall from powerful Hollywood studio boss to archvillain of #MeToo campaign. Harvey Weinstein was convicted on Monday of…

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US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend the ‘Namaste Trump’ event at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, in Ahmedabad, India on Monday. US First Lady Melania Trump also attended the event.

Trump’s India visit prioritizes pageantry over policy

AHMEDABAD, INDIA (AP) — Prioritizing pageantry over policy, President Donald Trump basked in India’s welcoming embrace on a day that featured a mega-rally with cheering crowds, a mutual admiration show…

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Medical workers get ready as ambulances are parked to transport a confirmed coronavirus patient in Daegu, South Korea, February 23, 2020. Yonhap via REUTERS

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

SEOUL/SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Fears grew on Monday that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp…

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Investigators see ‘xenophobic motive’ behind Germany shootings

German investigators said Thursday they suspected a “xenophobic motive” behind shootings at a shisha bar and a cafe that left 10 dead overnight in the city of Hanau.   Hours…

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Clinical support technician Douglas Condie extracts viruses from swab samples so that the genetic structure of a virus can be analysed and identified in the coronavirus testing laboratory at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, on February 19, 2020. (Photo by Jane Barlow / POOL / AFP)

Scientists debunk COVID-19 conspiracy theories

A team of scientists have debunked conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus that first emerged in the Chinese province of Wuhan late last year was engineered and originated in a…

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A man uses a plank of wood to paddle a kayak on flood water after the River Wye burst its banks in Ross-on-Wye, western England, on February 17, 2020, in the aftermath of Storm Dennis. (Reuters)

Storm Dennis wreaks deadly havoc across flood-hit Britain

A 55-year-old woman was found dead after being swept away near the flood-prone town of Tenbury Wells in western England. Britain on Monday battled the fallout from Storm Dennis after…

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ASEAN and Chinese foreign ministers to discuss COVID-19 in Vientiane

The current COVID-19 outbreak in China will be discussed at the 6th Lancang-Mekong Cooperation meeting in Vientiane, the capital of the Lao Republic, on February 20th, Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai…

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‘Condom use is sexy’: Mexico City campaigners of Valentine’s Day

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Residents in Mexico’s sprawling capital were encouraged to play it safe on Valentine’s Day, as 100,000 condoms were distributed across the city’s metro stations on Thursday…

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Residents wearing masks wait at a traffic light in Beijing, China Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. China is struggling to restart its economy after the annual Lunar New Year holiday was extended to try to keep people home and contain novel coronavirus. Traffic remained light in Beijing, and many people were still working at home. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China reports 254 new virus deaths and 15,152 daily cases

BEIJING (AP) — China has reported 254 new daily deaths and a spike in new daily virus cases of 15,152, after new methodology was applied in the hardest-hit province of…

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Preparations under way to evacuate 21 Thais on Westerdam cruise ship

Preparations are under way to evacuate 21 Thai citizens on board Holland America’s MS Westerdam cruise ship and to provide necessary supplies to the ship, once there is a greenlight…

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