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FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Economy Minister and minister in charge of coronavirus response Yasutoshi Nishimura delivers his policy speech at the opening of the Lower House plenary session in Tokyo, Japan January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Japan to extend Tokyo area state of emergency to March 21

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government plans to extend a state of emergency to combat COVID-19 for Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures until March 21, two weeks longer than originally…

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Protest in Myaynigone on March 2, 2021. (photo by Nway Oo)

U.S. blocks Myanmar ministries, military businesses from certain trade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Thursday unveiled new measures to punish Myanmar’s army for its Feb. 1 coup, blocking the ministries of defense and home affairs and top…

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A recipient of the Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine looks on in the driver’s seat of his vehicle during a drive-through vaccination service in Nusa Dua, Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, on March 1, 2021. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP)

Bali kicks off drive-thru virus jabs for hospitality workers

Indonesian resort island Bali has launched a drive-thru vaccination campaign targeting thousands of hospitality workers, as the popular tourist destination eyes reopening to foreign visitors. Billed as the first such…

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This photo taken on January 17, 2021 and handout on January 18, 2021 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis gesturing during a weekly live streamed Angelus prayer from the library of the apostolic palace in The Vatican. (Photo by Handout / VATICAN MEDIA / AFP)

In historic first, Pope Francis to visit Iraq

Pope Francis is to arrive Friday for the first-ever papal visit to conflict-torn Iraq, aiming to encourage the dwindling Christian community to remain in their ancient homeland, and broaden his…

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A Roller-coaster Ride to Success

Globally renowned Thai techno DJ Nakadia took a hiatus from the rave scene to tell her story in Positive Energy – Becoming Nakadia We’ve danced to her percussion groves and…

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FILE PHOTO: People jog past a social distancing sign on the first day of New Zealand’s new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) safety measure that mandates wearing of a mask on public transport, in Auckland, New Zealand, August 31, 2020. REUTERS/Fiona Goodall

New Zealand’s largest city Auckland back to lockdown after COVID-19 case

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Saturday that the country’s biggest city, Auckland, will be put into a seven-day lockdown from Sunday after a coronavirus…

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FILE PHOTO: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chairs first season of the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council, virtually, with Bahrain’s Prime Minister and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 24, 2020. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi de facto ruler approved operation that led to Khashoggi’s death – U.S.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler approved an operation to capture or kill murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to U.S. intelligence released on Friday as the…

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India steps up clampdown on US social media giants

India imposed tough new rules on social media platforms Thursday as it accused US tech giants of “double standards” in taking down disputed content. New Delhi is the latest in…

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Golf great Tiger Woods suffers serious leg injuries in car wreck

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Golfing champion Tiger Woods was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Tuesday with severe leg injuries suffered when his car swerved off a road and rolled down…

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Police charge forward to disperse protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. Security forces in Myanmar ratcheted up their pressure against anti-coup protesters Saturday, using water cannons, tear gas, slingshots and rubber bullets against demonstrators and striking dock workers in Mandalay, the nation’s second-largest city. (AP Photos)

2 Myanmar protesters killed by police fire, reports say

MANDALAY, Myanmar (AP) — Two anti-coup protesters were shot dead by riot police who fired live rounds Saturday in Mandalay, Myanmar’s second-largest city, local media reported. One of the victims…

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(File photo of coronavirus vaccine injection) Handout via REUTERS

New Zealand begins COVID-19 vaccinations programme, Australia starts Monday

(Reuters) – New Zealand started its official rollout of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine on Saturday, while Australia finalised plans to begin inoculations on Monday, a new phase in tackling the virus…

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Why has the EU not approved Russia’s Sputnik jab?

Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is still waiting for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to start the countdown to its launch across the 27-nation bloc. With Moscow and Brussels trading barbs…

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A health worker of the Maccabi Healthcare Services prepares to administer a dose of Pfizer-BioNtech coronavirus vaccine inside a van in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa, on February 16, 2021. Israel is among countries with widest vaccination. (Photo by JACK GUEZ / AFP)

Pfizer first dose 85% effective after 2-4 weeks: study

The first dose of the Pfizer vaccination is 85 percent effective against coronavirus infection between two and four weeks after inoculation, according to a study published in the Lancet medical…

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Vials labelled “COVID-19 Coronavirus Vaccine” and a syringe are seen in front of the Pfizer logo in this illustration taken February 9, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine protection

(Reuters) – A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the Pfizer Inc/BioNTech SE vaccine by two-thirds, and it is not…

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FILE PHOTO: The Facebook logo is displayed on a mobile phone in this picture illustration taken December 2, 2019. REUTERS/Johanna Geron/Illustration

Facebook blocks news from Australia, dozens of public information pages wiped

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australians woke to empty news feeds in their Facebook Inc accounts on Thursday after the social media giant blocked all local media content in a surprise and…

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A woman looks at a view of the Marina Beach in the Gulf emirate of Dubai. In Dubai, known for its luxury haunts and parties, expatriate singles working in the city find the quest for a partner difficult./ AFP

In transient Dubai, expats struggle to find love

In Dubai, known for its luxury haunts and parties, Lindsey knows she has reasons to be happy. But like many young expatriates, she’s sure her quest for a partner will…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris meet with group of governors and mayors at the White House to discuss the coronavirus response at the Oval Office in Washington, U.S., February 12, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Biden pushes for pandemic relief in first official trip as president

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – President Joe Biden vowed during a prime-time televised town hall on Tuesday to accelerate the country’s vaccination program and said teachers should be moved closer to the…

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This NASA handout illustration obtained February 15, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft’s cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere, as hundreds of critical events in the rover’s Entry, Descent, and Landing sequence must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to touch down on Mars safely on February 18, 2021. – The cruise stage contains fuel tanks, solar panels, and other hardware needed during the trip to Mars. About 10 minutes before atmospheric entry, it separates from the aeroshell, which encloses the rover and descent stage. The aeroshell makes the trip to the surface on its own. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

NASA wants to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate the feat on another world. Transported aboard the Mars 2020 spacecraft…

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Protesters hold up signs with an image of detained Myanmar leader Aung Saan Suu Kyi and demanding her release during a demonstration against the military coup in front of US embassy in Yangon on February 16, 2021. (Photo by SAI AUNG MAIN / AFP)

Myanmar under pressure at UN

The UN’s top rights body demanded Friday that Myanmar’s military restore civilian rule and immediately release Aung San Suu Kyi. In a resolution adopted without a vote, the 47-member Human…

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Biden to discuss pandemic, economy and China in Friday G7 meeting

President Joe Biden will hold his first event with other leaders from the Group of Seven nations in a virtual meeting on Friday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the world…

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In this picture taken on February 12, 2021 smoke billows from the remains of a firecracker factory near Sattur in Virudhunagar district of Tamil Nadu state, following an explosion on February 12 that killed at least 19 people and hurt dozens. (Photo by – / AFP)

19 killed in firecracker factory blast in India

At least 19 people were killed and dozens hurt in a blast at a firecracker factory in India, authorities said Saturday. The blast on Friday afternoon in Virudhunagar district was…

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North Korea’s Kim lambasts officials for economic ‘defeatism’

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has accused top officials of “self-protection and defeatism” and largely blamed them for the country’s economic plight, state media reported Friday. At a meeting…

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BBC World News barred in mainland China, dropped by HK public broadcaster

BEIJING (Reuters) – China barred Britain’s BBC World News from airing on Friday and Hong Kong’s public broadcaster said it was dropping the channel, a week after Britain’s media regulator…

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FIFA chief Gianni Infantino gestures during an interview in the Qatari capital Doha on February 11, 2021 ahead of the Club World Cup final. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)

Infantino says Covid measures could still be in place for 2022 World Cup

FIFA president Gianni Infantino said for the first time Thursday coronavirus containment measures could still be in place during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar but he insisted stadiums would…

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A health worker takes a swab sample from a man to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a hospital in Wuhan, China’s central Hubei province on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP)

The WHO’s China mission: Five questions still unanswered

The World Health Organization expert mission to China ended this week without finding the source of the coronavirus that has killed over 2.3 million worldwide. But the team of foreign…

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Facebook rolls out news feeds with less politics

Facebook said it began rolling out news feeds with less political subject matter in line with a plan outlined by chief Mark Zuckerberg to reduce inflammatory content. The leading social…

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Biden orders sanctions against Myanmar after military coup

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday ordered new sanctions against the military regime in Myanmar, taking action after the military this month staged a coup in the Southeast…

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Senators vote to proceed with Trump’s impeachment trial

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A divided U.S. Senate voted largely along party lines on Tuesday to move ahead with Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on a charge of inciting the deadly assault…

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A Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games banner in Tokyo on February 7, 2021. (Photo by Philip FONG / AFP)

Biden: “Remains to be seen” if US will send team to Olympics

US President Joe Biden said late Sunday it remains to be seen if the US will send a team to the pandemic-postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, in a radio interview in…

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FILE – In this Dec. 4, 2013, file photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with then U.S. Vice President Joe Biden as they pose for photos at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. (AP Photo/Lintao Zhang, Pool, File)

Biden: China should expect `extreme competition’ from US

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says China is in for “extreme competition” from the U.S. under his administration, but that the new relationship he wants to forge need not…

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken introduces President Joe Biden for remarks to State Department staff, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Blinken presses China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong in call with Beijing’s top diplomat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in a phone call on Friday the United States will stand up for human rights…

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Myanmar generals shut down internet as thousands protest coup

(Reuters) – Myanmar’s junta shut down the internet in the country on Saturday as thousands of people took to the streets of Yangon to denounce this week’s coup and demand…

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FILE PHOTO: Commuters cross a zebra crossing, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Seoul, South Korea, February 3, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea eases curfew on businesses outside Seoul

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea on Saturday eased curfews on businesses outside the capital Seoul, letting them stay open an hour later, amid a public backlash over tight curbs to…

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FILE PHOTO: Workers clean a seating area at Melbourne Park in the wake of the day’s tennis matches leading up to the Australian Open being cancelled after a hotel quarantine worker at a player hotel tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Australian Open concerns ease as Victoria records no new COVID-19 cases

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous state of Victoria reported no local coronavirus cases on Saturday for the second straight day, boding well for the Australian Open tennis tournament due…

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A woman is given hand sanitizer as she waits to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Crystal Palace Football Club Vaccination Centre, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in London, Britain February 4, 2021. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Britain explores mixed COVID vaccine shots as variants threaten

LONDON (Reuters) – British researchers are to explore mixing doses of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines in a world first trial aimed at finding new ways to swiftly reduce…

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FILE PHOTO: South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun speaks during an interview with Reuters in Seoul, South Korea, January 28, 2021. REUTERS/Heo Ran SEOUL

South Korea PM orders revamp of COVID-19 social distancing rules

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun on Thursday ordered a revamp of social distancing guidelines in a bid to win greater public support for efforts to stop…

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FILE PHOTO: A staff member wearing PPE works to clean surfaces at Melbourne Park in between training sessions for tennis players undergoing mandatory quarantine in advance of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia, January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Kelly Defina/File Photo

Melbourne imposes new virus restrictions as Australian Open tennis hotel worker tests positive

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s second-most populous city reintroduced coronavirus restrictions from Thursday after an Australian Open hotel quarantine worker tested positive to COVID-19, sending more than 500 tennis players and…

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FILE PHOTO: Captain Sir Tom Moore smiles as he launches his autobiography book ‘Tomorrow will be a Good Day’ at his home in Milton Keynes, Britain September 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/File Photo

UK’s record-breaking fundraiser Captain Tom Moore dies aged 100

LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Captain Tom Moore, the British World War Two veteran who raised millions of pounds for health service workers on the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus, has…

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All eyes on Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing as military seizes power

 (Reuters) – Myanmar’s powerful military chief, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, is in the spotlight after politicians from the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party were detained and the…

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Soldiers stand guard on a blockaded road to Myanmar’s parliament in Naypyidaw on February 1, 2021, after the military detained the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and the country’s president in a coup. (Photo by STRINGER / AFP)

Governments around the world condemn Myanmar’s military coup

The United States led governments around the world in calling for the restoration of Myanmar’s democracy on Monday after the military staged a coup, arresting civilian leader Aung San Suu…

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Demonstrators stand in front of law enforcement officers during a rally in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, as Saint Isaac’s Cathedral is seen in the background, in Saint Petersburg, Russia January 31, 2021. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Russia detains more than 5,000 at protests backing jailed Kremlin critic Navalny

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Riot police broke up protests across Russia on Sunday in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, detaining more than 5,000 people who had braved the bitter cold…

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A young activist holds up a placard as she protests in front of Parliament during a climate strike protest march in Wellington on September 27, 2019. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

New Zealand unveils a blueprint to fight climate change

New Zealand unveiled a blueprint Sunday to phase out petrol-powered cars while its dairy industry, a key pillar of the economy, must slash cow numbers under the ambitious plan to be carbon…

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Biden says action on COVID-19 stimulus needed ‘now’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Congress needs to take immediate action on his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief proposal, adding that most economists believe additional economic…

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Currency traders walk by the screens showing the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI), left, and the foreign exchange rate between U.S. dollar and South Korean won at the foreign exchange dealing room in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Equity markets drop as painful week ends on sour note

Asian and European markets suffered more losses Friday, capping a painful week for global equities that has been characterised by fears over surging infections and stuttering vaccine rollouts. Traders have…

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Police stand guard along a road in Naypyidaw on January 29, 2021, ahead of the reopening of the parliament on February 1 following the November 2020 elections which Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a landslide. (Photo by Thet Aung / AFP)

UN, foreign missions sound alarm over Myanmar coup fears

More than a dozen embassies, including the US and EU delegation, Friday urged Myanmar to “adhere to democratic norms”, joining the UN in a chorus of international concern about a…

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Chinese officials arrive at a hotel to meet members of the World Health Organisation (WHO) team tasked with investigating the origins of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

WHO says team in Wuhan to visit labs, markets and hospitals

WUHAN, China (Reuters) – A World Health Organization-led team investigating the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic will meet Chinese scientists on Friday and plans to visit labs, markets and hospitals…

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This handout from the Badminton Association of Thailand taken and released on January 28, 2021 shows Thailand’s Ratchanok Inthanon hitting a shot against India’s PV Sindhu during their women’s singles match at the World Tour Finals badminton tournament in Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP)

Thailand’s Ratchanok Intanon downs Indian star PV Sindhu

Former world number one Ratchanok Intanon landed a crucial victory over Indian star PV Sindhu at badminton’s World Tour Finals in Bangkok on Thursday. It was a double victory for Thailand’s…

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A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021. Asian shares skidded on Thursday as a reality check set in about longtime economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic, giving Wall Street its worst day since October. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

Asian markets a sea of red as virus woes add to correction fears

Asian markets suffered further losses Thursday, tracking a rout in New York and Europe as markets were hit by a perfect storm of worries about the slow rollout of vaccines,…

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U.S. stands with SE Asian countries against China pressure, Blinken says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States rejects China’s maritime claims in the South China Sea beyond what it is permitted under international law and stands with Southeast Asian countries resisting…

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The Olympic Rings are lit up on the Odaiba waterfront in Tokyo on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Charly TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Olympic chief Bach to respond to Tokyo Games fears

With the coronavirus pandemic threatening the holding of the re-arranged Tokyo Olympics, IOC chief Thomas Bach is expected on Wednesday to set out how a “safe” Games could be organised…

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People look up at Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano, as it spews rocks and ash out for another day in Yogyakarta on January 27, 2021. (Photo by Agung Supriyanto / AFP)

Indonesian volcano erupts, spewing hot ash three kilometres away

One of the world’s most active volcanoes, Indonesia’s Mount Merapi, erupted Wednesday, belching out huge clouds of smoke and ash that billowed down the sides of its rumbling crater. The volcano,…

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This photo taken on September 20, 2019 shows a fisherman on the Laos side of the Mekong River near Huay Xai town in Bokeo province, with the Thai province of Chiang Rai in the background. – Ninety-seven kilometres of rocks in Thai waters stand between Beijing and dominance over the Mekong, a mighty river that feeds millions as it threads south from the Tibetan plateau through five countries before emptying into the South China Sea. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

The Mekong report China doesn’t want to see

The Mekong river is a life line of millions of people in six countries. In the past few years, however, life has been very difficult for people who depend on…

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FILE PHOTO: Women wearing a mask as a measure to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea reports big jump in COVID-19 cases on outbreaks in Christian schools

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean authorities were scrambling on Wednesday to contain coronavirus outbreaks centred around Christian schools as the country reported a jump in infections, dampening hopes of a…

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about administration plans to strengthen American manufacturing during a brief appearance in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington, U.S., January 25, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Biden administration aims to have enough vaccine for most Americans by summertime

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States aims to acquire an additional 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, enough to inoculate most Americans by summertime,…

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Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson reacts while leading a virtual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London Tuesday Jan. 26, 2021. Official data shows that more than 100,000 people have died after testing positive for coronavirus in Britain, since the pandemic took hold last year. (Justin Tallis / Pool via AP)

UK eyes traveler quarantine as virus toll passes 100,000

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s official death toll in the coronavirus pandemic passed 100,000 on Tuesday, a dreaded milestone reached as the government considered imposing hotel quarantines on international travelers to…

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A man walks past a bank’s electronic board showing the Hong Kong share index at Hong Kong Stock Exchange in Hong Kong Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Shares fell in Asia on Tuesday after a choppy session on Wall Street yielded mixed results as the market struggled to find direction. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Asian markets stumble on stimulus timing and size

Asian markets sank into the red Tuesday following the previous day’s healthy run-up, with sentiment jolted by the prospect that Joe Biden’s huge stimulus could be watered down and not…

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House Democrats who will prosecute Trump deliver impeachment charge to Senate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday delivered to the Senate a charge accusing former President Donald Trump with inciting insurrection in a speech to his supporters…

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This US Navy photo shows the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) on June 3, 2020 in the Philippine Sea. – Following an extended visit to Guam in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Theodore Roosevelt completed carrier qualifications June 2, 2020 and is in Guam for resupply during a deployment to the Indo-Pacific. (Photo by Will BENNETT / Navy Office of Information / AFP)

US warships conduct exercises in South China Sea

A US aircraft carrier group sailed into the South China Sea on a so-called “freedom of navigation” exercise, the first routine operation in the region under new President Joe Biden….

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Residents queue for a mandatory Covid-19 coronavirus test in the Jordan area of the Yau Tsim Mong district of Kowloon in Hong Kong on January 22, 2021, an area of dense housing which has seen a recent spike in cases of the coronavirus. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Hong Kong ends lockdown in Kowloon neighborhood

Hong Kong’s government on Monday morning ended an unprecedented lockdown after testing thousands of residents living in an area that had reported an increasing number of coronavirus cases, authorities said….

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Alleged drug lord dubbed ‘Asia’s El Chapo’ arrested in Amsterdam

The alleged ringleader of Asia’s biggest crime syndicate and one of the world’s most wanted men has been arrested in the Netherlands, with Australian authorities pushing Sunday for his extradition…

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This picture taken on January 27, 2012 shows a truck passing by a sign on a road leading to a deep sea port project in Mayingyi, part of the Dawei Special Economic Zone development, a planned 50 billion USD deep sea port and factory development led by a Thai industrial giant, in southern Myanmar. Anger is growing in villages earmarked to be flattened for a huge industrial area in south Myanmar as activists step up the pressure amid signs that the project may be faltering. (Photo by Soe Than WIN / AFP)

The inside story of Thailand and Myanmar’s troubled Dawei mega-project

Myanmar’s long-delayed Dawei mega-project experienced yet another setback after contracts with Thailand’s construction giant Italian-Thai Development were cancelled recently. The ambitious, but controversial Dawei Special Economic Zone (DSEZ) project seeks…

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A man gets a nucleic acid test at a makeshift testing site in a park following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China January 23, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

China’s daily COVID cases rise, driven by previously asymptomatic patients

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China reported a climb in new COVID-19 cases driven by a spike in infections among previously symptomless patients in northeastern Jilin province, official data showed on Monday,…

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FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers his New Year wishes to the military forces at Prefecture Maritime de l’Atlantique in Brest, France, January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe/Pool

Biden speaks with France’s Macron, seeks to strengthen ties

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden spoke on Sunday with French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing his desire to strengthen bilateral ties, the White House said, as Biden made the…

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FILE PHOTO: Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador listens to the national anthem as he arrives to address the nation on his second anniversary as president of Mexico, at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, December 1, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Romero/File Photo

Mexican president Lopez Obrador tests positive for COVID-19

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday he had tested positive for COVID-19, adding his symptoms were light and that he was receiving medical…

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Television Host Larry King arrives on the red carpet for the 68th Los Angeles Emmy Awards featuring Niecy Nash, Jason George, Mary Holland, Florence Henderson and Larry King in North Hollywood, California, on July 23, 2016. – (Photo by Angela WEISS / AFP)

Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Larry King, the suspenders-sporting everyman whose broadcast interviews with world leaders, movie stars and ordinary Joes helped define American conversation for a half-century, died Saturday. He…

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Residents practice Taiji at a park in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. A year after it was locked down to contain the spread of coronavirus, the central Chinese city of Wuhan has largely returned to normal, even as China continues to battle outbreaks elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Wuhan returns to normal as world still battling pandemic

WUHAN, China (AP) — A year ago, a notice sent to smartphones in Wuhan at 2 a.m. announced the world’s first coronavirus lockdown that would last 76 days. Early Saturday…

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Hong Kong locks down thousands for compulsory COVID-19 testing

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s government locked down an area of Kowloon peninsula on Saturday, saying its 10,000 residents must stay home until all of them have been tested…

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In Senate deal, Trump impeachment trial put off until early February

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The leaders of the U.S. Senate agreed on Friday to push back former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial by two weeks, giving the chamber more time to…

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Biden signs burst of virus orders, vows ‘Help is on the way’

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a burst of executive orders, President Joe Biden served notice Thursday that America’s war on COVID-19 is under new command, promising an anxious nation progress to…

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Exploring in a Covid world

Isolation is a new big thing for the travel of tomorrow Health declaration forms and virus tests. Quarantine-on-arrival (and on return) required. Most aircraftgrounded. Infection rates that change by the…

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China imposes sanctions on 28 Trump-era officials including Pompeo

BEIJING (Reuters) – China said on Wednesday it wanted to cooperate with President Joe Biden’s new U.S. administration, while announcing sanctions against “lying and cheating” outgoing Secretary of State Mike…

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Biden rolls back Trump policies on wall, climate, health, Muslims

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden signed 15 executive actions shortly after being sworn on Wednesday, undoing policies put in place by his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump, and making…

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10 Countries with highest number of COVID-19 infections, as of January 20, 2021

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People wearing face masks attend a meeting by Thai government officials discussing the economic impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the border area with Malaysia at Sungai Kolok town in Thailand’s southern province of Narathiwat on September 12, 2020 as the region’s livelihood relies on Malaysian tourists. (Photo by Madaree TOHLALA / AFP)

Covid-19, economic impact are top global threats: WEF

Business and government leaders currently see the loss of life from Covid-19 and related economic effects as the world’s greatest short-term threats, said the World Economic Forum. The group which…

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This picture taken on February 13, 2019 shows a worker trimming leaves on a newly created dwarf palm oil tree at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) research station in Bukit Lawiang in southern Johor state. – Test tubes holding plants line shelves in a Malaysian laboratory, the heart of a breeding programme for dwarf palm oil trees which scientists hope will cut costs and limit environmental damage from the controversial industry. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Malaysia files WTO complaint over EU palm oil restrictions

Malaysia has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over European Union rules affecting the consumption of palm oil-based biofuels, according to a document published Tuesday. In the complaint, dated…

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U.S. President Donald Trump makes remarks on a television monitor from the White House Briefing Room during his last day in office, in Washington, D.C. U.S., January 19, 2021. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

In farewell address, Trump wishes luck to next administration without mentioning Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump, in a farewell address released on Tuesday, touted his legacy and wished luck to the new administration of President-elect Joe Biden but without…

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Masks, robots and drones – Virus tech at CES gadget show

Singapore-based gaming hardware maker Razer showcased what they claimed to be the “world’s smartest mask”. Project Hazel, as it’s called, boasts ventilation, auto-sterilization with a built-in UV light, and a…

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Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on Day One of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated…

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A woman pulls a trolley with goods in the central business district (CBD) of Beijing on January 18, 2021. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Most Asia stocks down after gains, China growth beats forecasts

Most markets fell Monday as investors took a breather following a recent rally, though Hong Kong and Shanghai enjoyed gains after data showed China’s economy grew more than expected last…

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during an online New Year news conference with local and foreign journalists at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, January 18, 2021. Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool via REUTERS

South Korea’s Moon urges Biden admin to follow up on Trump-Kim summit

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday that U.S. President-elect Joe Biden should hold talks with North Korea to build on progress that President Donald Trump…

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FILE. US President Donald Trump / AFP

Trump administration takes final swipes at China and its companies

The Trump administration in its waning days took another swipe at China and its biggest firms on Thursday, imposing sanctions on officials and companies for alleged misdeeds in the South…

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Rescuers search for survivors at the Mitra Manakarra hospital in Mamuju city. / AFP

Powerful Indonesia quake kills at least 34, topples buildings

A powerful earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Sulawesi island early Friday, killing at least 34 people, levelling a hospital and severely damaging other buildings, authorities said. Hundreds more were injured when the…

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FILE : Park Geun-hye / AFP

S. Korea’s top court upholds ex-president’s 20-year jail term

South Korea’s top court upheld a 20-year prison sentence for disgraced former president Park Geun-hye on Thursday, in the final ruling over the corruption scandal that brought her down. The decision brings to an…

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leads the final vote of the impeachment of President Donald Trump, for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Congress last week, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the…

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Pence says he opposes removing Trump with the 25th Amendment

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday that he is opposed to invoking the 25th Amendment…

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(FILES) In this file combination of pictures shows US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and US President Donald Trump / AFP

Democrats forge ahead to impeach Trump, again

US Democrats said Sunday they would push to remove President Donald Trump from office during the final days of his administration after his supporters’ violent attack on the Capitol, with…

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo supplied by North Korea’s Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 9, 2021. KCNA/via REUTERS

North Korea’s Kim calls U.S. ‘our biggest enemy’ in challenge to Biden

SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for more advanced nuclear weapons and said the United States is “our biggest enemy,” state media said on Saturday, presenting…

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People walk past an electronic board displaying message for seniors to take precaution against the COVID-19 coronavirus at Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on June 15, 2020. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore jails woman for lying to coronavirus contact tracers

A Singaporean woman was sentenced to five months in prison on Friday for hiding her meetings with a male friend from coronavirus contact tracers as she did not want her…

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Twitter permanently suspends Trump’s account

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Twitter Inc said on Friday that it has permanently suspended U.S. President Donald Trump’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. “After close review…

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Residents walk along a road submerged by floodwaters in Mentakab in Malaysia’s Pahang state on January 8, 2021, following heavy monsoon rains. (Photo by Mohd RASFAN / AFP)

Six dead, nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia floods

At least six people have died and nearly 50,000 evacuated in Malaysia after monsoon rains pounded the country’s east coast, authorities said Friday, causing what residents described as the worst flooding in…

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Trump acknowledges Biden will be next president in wake of Capitol chaos

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -As the threat of a second impeachment loomed, President Donald Trump acknowledged on Thursday that Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president, a day after his supporters…

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U.S. Congress certifies Biden win hours after harrowing Capitol Hill assault

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Hours after hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy, a shaken Congress on Thursday formally certified Democrat Joe…

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FILE PHOTO: Scott Morrison, Australia’s prime minister, removes his protective face mask after arriving for a signing ceremony with Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s prime minister at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020. Kiyoshi Ota/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

Australia says COVID-19 vaccinations likely to begin February

CANBERRA/SYDNEY (Reuters) -Australia is on course to begin administering the first COVID-19 vaccines in February, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as the country moves to accelerate its inoculation…

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China reports most COVID cases in five months as Hebei infections rise

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Authorities in the capital of China’s Hebei province strengthened travel restriction on Thursday to curb the spread of the coronavirus as the country reported the biggest rise…

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U.S. Vice President Pence condemns violent protests, world leaders’ response

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence condemned the violent supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in an attempt to block certification of the…

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Pedestrians wearing protective masks, following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walk underneath Japanese national flags at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan, January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Japan calls for Tokyo state of emergency declaration as COVID-19 cases surge

TOKYO (Reuters) – The Japanese government on Thursday proposed declaring a one-month state of emergency, beginning Friday, for Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures in a bid to contain a surge…

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Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump accounts as tech giants respond to storming of U.S. capitol

(Reuters) -Twitter and Facebook Inc on Wednesday temporarily locked the accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, as tech giants scrambled to crack down on his baseless claims about the U.S….

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Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier on Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol in bid to overturn election

WASHINGTON (AP) — A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential…

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North Korea’s Kim admits mistakes as party congress opens: KCNA

(AFP) – North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un admitted the country’s economic development plan had fallen short in “almost all areas” as he opened a rare congress of the ruling…

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FILE PHOTO: A logo is pictured outside a building of the World Health Organization (WHO) during an executive board meeting on update on the coronavirus outbreak, in Geneva, Switzerland, February 6, 2020. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

WHO recommends two doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine within 21-28 days

GENEVA/ZURICH (Reuters) – People should get two doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine within 21-28 days, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as many countries struggled to administer…

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