Pakistan’s COVID-19 cases cross 800,000 mark

Islamabad: As COVID-19 cases are rapidly surging in Pakistan, the country’s total cases of COVID-19 infection crossed 800,000 mark on Monday. Citing National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) data, Geo News reported that at least 70 more people have succumbed

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India’s new COVID-19 cases stay above 300,000, army called to help

Much needed medical supplies poured into India on Tuesday as overrun hospitals turned away patients due to a shortage of beds and oxygen supplies and a surge of infections pushed the COVID-19 death toll towards 200,000. A shipment of medical

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ASEAN leaders’ meeting opportunity for leaders to hear first hand accounts of Myanmar crisis

KUALA LUMPUR: The special ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting on Saturday in Jakarta will enable ASEAN leaders to hear first hand accounts of the ongoing political crisis in Myanmar. Former United Nations (UN) special envoy to Myanmar Tan Sri Razali Ismail said however, it

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Bus with students falls into ravine in Indonesia, leaving at least 22 people dead

JAKARTA: A bus with students, their parents, and teachers plunged into a 20-metre deep ravine (65 feet) in the Indonesian province of West Java, killing at least 22 people, Sputnik quoted Indonesia’s media report on Thursday. According to the Jakarta Globe

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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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