3,211 overseas Indonesians test positive for COVID-19

JAKARTA: As many as 25 more overseas Indonesians have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in this group to 3,211, according to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday. Amongst the 25 new cases, 22 were reported in

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Southern Thailand peace talks go virtual

BANGKOK: Peace talks to end the conflict in the turbulent region of Southern Thailand are now being held virtually following a disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The technical team of the Peace Dialogue Panel, which is the representative of the Thai government,

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Thailand’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccine scheduled to arrive on Feb 24

BANGKOK: Thai Airways International (THAI) is scheduled to carry the first batch of 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China to Thailand on Feb 24. THAI chairman Chaiyapruk Didyasarin said the Public Health Ministry chose the airline to transport the vaccine developed by

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China, Brazil congratulate Nigeria’s Okonjo-Iweala as WTO’s new chief

BEIJING: China congratulated Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala after she was appointed new director-general of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Monday, reported Xinhua news agency. “China has full confidence in Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment as the WTO director-general,” the Ministry of Commerce said in

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Australia preparing for arrival of first COVID-19 vaccines

CANBERRA: Australia’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines is set to arrive in the country within days, reports Xinhua news agency. Minister for Health Greg Hunt said about 80,000 doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine would arrive in Australia “before the end

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Japan braces for aftershocks as M7.3 quake injures over 150

FUKUSHIMA: Japan’s northeastern region braced for aftershocks Sunday following an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 overnight that injured more than 150 people, cut power and water, and disrupted bullet train services, with some residents looking weary as they tidied up the

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Singapore’s GDP contracts 5.4 pct in 2020, forecast for 2021 maintained

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s economy contracted by 5.4 per cent in 2020, a reversal from the 1.3 per cent growth in 2019, said the republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). For the fourth quarter of 2020, Singapore’s economy contracted by 2.4 per cent

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Strong earthquake strikes Sumatera in Indonesia

KUALA LUMPUR: A strong earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit southwest Sumatera, Indonesia tonight. The Malaysian Meterological Department (MetMalaysia) said in a statement that the quake occurred 8.52 pm, with its epicentre at 228 kilometres (km) south of Bengkulu, Indonesia and at

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India to be biggest driver of global energy demand growth in next two decades

NEW DELHI: India will be the main driver of rising demand for energy over the next two decades, accounting for 25% of global growth, and is set to overtake the European Union as the world’s third-biggest energy consumer by 2030,

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Thailand to receive 2 mln doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of April – PM Prayuth

BANGKOK: Thailand is expected to receive two million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of April, says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan o-cha. He said the first batch of 200,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine was expected to arrive late this month while another

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