ASEAN begins series of virtual summits with COVID-19, economic recovery high on agenda

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Tuesday began their 38th and 39th summits under the chairmanship of Brunei via virtual conference, with battling the COVID-19 pandemic and promoting economic recovery high on their

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Indonesia to gradually reopen regions with high vaccination rates, president says

JAKARTA: Indonesia will gradually reopen parts of the country where COVID-19 vaccination rates are above 70%, its President Joko Widodo told a Southeast Asian business forum on Monday. Jokowi, as the president is known, also said Southeast Asia should start loosening

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Thai made Astra Zeneca Covid -19 vaccine authorised for WHO emergency use

KUALA LUMPUR: AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine manufactured in Thailand has been authorised under the World Health Organisation (WHO) Emergency Use Listing (EUL) procedure with immediate effect. The biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in a statement today, stated that WHO has granted EUL to

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Indian barber siblings turn heads into canvasses by giving unusual haircuts

DABWALI- In a small salon in a nondescript town in northern India, a haircut is not just a trim or a crew cut but an opportunity to get some art embossed on the back of your head. Brothers Rajwinder Singh

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Thailand to re-open to vaccinated tourists from November

BANGKOK: Thailand plans to fully re-open to vaccinated tourists from countries deemed low risk from November 1, the country’s leader said Monday, citing the urgent need to save the kingdom’s ailing economy. Before the pandemic, Thailand attracted nearly 40 million visitors

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Afghan minister wants good relations, needs more time on girls’ education

DOHA: Afghanistan’s foreign minister appealed to the world for good relations on Monday but avoided making firm commitments on girls’ education despite international demands to allow all Afghan children to go back to school. Almost two months after the former Western-backed

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Indonesian museum made from plastic bottles, bags highlights marine crisis

GRESIK: Environmentalists in Indonesia keen to send a message about the world’s worsening ocean plastics crisis have created a museum made entirely from plastics, to convince people to rethink their habits and say no to single-use bags and bottles. The outdoor

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Taiwan: Malaysia’s help needed to ease global chip shortage

TAIPEI: Malaysia’s help is needed to resolve the global shortage of auto semiconductors, especially when it comes to packaging, a sector affected by the country’s COVID-19 curbs, Taiwan Economy Minister Wang Mei-hua said. Taiwan, as a major chip producer, has been

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Singapore detects more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases for second day on Sept 29

SINGAPORE: Singapore detected more than 2,000 new daily cases of COVID-19 infection for the second day on Sept 29, with eight fatalities.Of a total of 2,268 new cases, the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said 1,810 were cases reported in the

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VP Harris and Indian Prime Minister Modi meet as U.S. eyes Asia

WASHINGTON: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris met India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday and stressed the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region at a time when the United States is trying to solidify its pivot toward Asia

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