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Indonesians still hoping for ‘good news’ about relatives on missing plane

Indonesians still hoping for ‘good news’ about relatives on missing plane

-- 2021-01-10 17:52:49

"Bye bye family. We're heading home for now," Ratih Windania posted on Instagram from Jakarta's airport with pictures of three laughing children and two emojis blowing kisses. The message was sent ju...

Japanese pray for end to pandemic in annual ice bath ritual

Japanese pray for end to pandemic in annual ice bath ritual

-- 2021-01-10 17:44:15

Men wearing traditional loin clothes and women dressed in white robes clapped and chanted before going into an ice water bath during a Shinto ritual at a Tokyo shrine on Sunday to purify the soul and...

China sees twofold increase in new coronavirus cases, mainly in Hebei province

China sees twofold increase in new coronavirus cases, mainly in Hebei province

Reuters 2021-01-10 17:21:39

The daily number of new coronavirus cases has doubled in China, prompting tougher movement restrictions and, in the capital, passengers must scan a health code before boarding a cab or ride-hailing ca...

Indonesia locates black boxes of crashed jet as body parts recovered

Indonesia locates black boxes of crashed jet as body parts recovered

Reuters 2021-01-10 15:51:01

Indonesian authorities on Sunday located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and suspected pieces of...

Facebook allowing Myanmar military to recruit for genocide, says rights body 

Facebook allowing Myanmar military to recruit for genocide, says rights body 

-- 2021-01-09 23:02:23

After Facebook suspended US President Donald Trump for inciting violence, rights body Burma Campaign UK has repeated its call to Facebook to stop the Myanmar military using Facebook to recruit members...

Indonesian navy determines coordinates of missing plane

Indonesian navy determines coordinates of missing plane

-- 2021-01-09 21:32:51

The Indonesian Navy has determined the coordinates of a Sriwijaya Air plane that went missing after taking off from the capital Jakarta and ships have been deployed to the location, Navy official Abdu...

India to start COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan 16

India to start COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan 16

Reuters 2021-01-09 19:03:28

India will start its COVID-19 vaccination drive from Jan 16 with priority given to about 30 million healthcare and frontline workers, a government statement said on Saturday. Prime Minister Narendra...

Deep quake jolts Taiwan

Deep quake jolts Taiwan

Reuters 2021-01-09 18:52:30

Buildings shook briefly in Taipei on Saturday as a deep, 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Taiwan, but there were no reports of damage. The quake’s epicentre was jus...

Suspected debris of Indonesian plane found, rescue official says

Suspected debris of Indonesian plane found, rescue official says

-- 2021-01-09 18:48:19

Rescuers looking for an Indonesian plane that lost contact after taking off from the capital Jakarta on Saturday have found suspected debris in waters north of the city, an official of the Basarnas se...

Sriwijaya Air of Indonesia lost communication after taking off from Jakarta

Sriwijaya Air of Indonesia lost communication after taking off from Jakarta

-- 2021-01-09 17:20:54

A Sriwijaya Air plane with more than 50 people on board lost contact after taking off from Indonesian capital Jakarta on Saturday en route to Pontianak in West Kalimantan province, local media reporte...

China to provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge

China to provide COVID-19 vaccines free of charge

-- 2021-01-09 16:23:42

National Health Commission official Zheng Zhongwei said that while manufacturing and transport of vaccines have costs, the government can provide vaccines for free to individuals. "Our people don't h...

India to continue vaccine export: Modi

India to continue vaccine export: Modi

REUTERS 2021-01-09 15:57:55

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday the nation would continue to export medicines, including vaccines, as companies have ramped up production. The country, with the highest number of...

10 infants killed in India hospital fire

10 infants killed in India hospital fire

Reuters 2021-01-09 13:28:06

Ten newborns were killed on Saturday in a massive fire at a hospital in Maharashtra, India’s richest state, a doctor said, as leading politicians expressed grief at the loss of life. “The...

Indian government, farmers fail to break deadlock on controversial laws

Indian government, farmers fail to break deadlock on controversial laws

Reuters 2021-01-08 22:25:00

The Indian government and representatives of protesting farmers failed to reach an agreement on contentious new agriculture laws on Friday and said they will meet again in a week’s time. Tens o...

Wuhan COVID-19 infections three times higher than official figure, China study says

Wuhan COVID-19 infections three times higher than official figure, China study says

-- 2021-01-08 21:50:20

The number of people who have been infected with COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus was first identified, could be around three times the official figure, according to a study by C...

UAE to reopen all entry points with Qatar

UAE to reopen all entry points with Qatar

-- 2021-01-08 17:49:48

The United Arab Emirates will reopen all its land, sea and air entry points with Qatar starting Saturday, state news agency WAM reported on Friday. Saudi Arabia announced a breakthrough in ending a d...

Indonesian clerics declare Sinovac's vaccine halal

Indonesian clerics declare Sinovac's vaccine halal

-- 2021-01-08 17:10:48

A COVID-19 vaccine produced by Sinovac Biotech is deemed halal, or permissible under Islam, Indonesia's Ulema Council said on Friday, days before the country is scheduled to start its inoculation prog...

Iran’s Khamenei bans imports of US, British Covid vaccines

Iran’s Khamenei bans imports of US, British Covid vaccines

REUTERS 2021-01-08 15:37:13

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Friday banned the government from importing new coronavirus vaccines from the United States and Britain. “Imports of US and British vaccine...

Japan announces state of emergency for Tokyo area as COVID-19 cases rise

Japan announces state of emergency for Tokyo area as COVID-19 cases rise

-- 2021-01-07 17:26:28

Japan declared a limited state of emergency in the capital, Tokyo, and three neighbouring prefectures on Thursday to stem the spread of the coronavirus, hoping that less-stringent curbs than imposed e...

Global coronavirus cases crosses 87 million

Global coronavirus cases crosses 87 million

-- 2021-01-07 15:18:20

The number of fresh COVID cases is rising across the world with each passing day -- now surpassing the 87 million mark. According to Johns Hopkins University, the overall death toll from coronavirus...

Farmers occupy expressway near Indian capital

Farmers occupy expressway near Indian capital

-- 2021-01-07 14:45:07

Tens of thousands of farmers on tractors occupied a stretch of an expressway on the periphery of the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday in one of the biggest shows of strength since they began a sit...

China informs neighbours about diverting Mekong waters

China informs neighbours about diverting Mekong waters

-- 2021-01-07 10:17:35

China has notified downstream neighbours it is holding back the Mekong River flow at a hydropower dam on the waterway’s upper reaches for 20 days, as part of a new data-sharing pact, the Mekong...

Kim Jong Un admits tremendous failure in achieving economic goals

Kim Jong Un admits tremendous failure in achieving economic goals

-- 2021-01-06 19:36:34

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his five-year economic plan had failed to meet its goals “on almost every sector” as he kicked off a congress of the ruling Workers’ Party. The...

China steps up COVID-19 curbs near Beijing as cases increase

China steps up COVID-19 curbs near Beijing as cases increase

-- 2021-01-06 17:37:01

Chinese authorities on Wednesday imposed travel restrictions and banned gatherings in the capital city of Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing, in the latest escalation of measures to stave off ano...

Global Covid-19 cases cross 86 million mark

Global Covid-19 cases cross 86 million mark

-- 2021-01-06 14:07:14

The world continues to grapple with a steady rise in coronavirus (Covid-19) infections, with total cases crossing the 86 million mark on Wednesday. The total caseload globally stood at 86,379,672, wi...

India to export COVID vaccines 'within weeks'

India to export COVID vaccines 'within weeks'

-- 2021-01-05 22:36:41

India will begin exporting COVID-19 vaccines “within a fortnight” of their roll-out, the BBC has reported citing an Indian foreign ministry official. The official dismissed reports that I...

Saudi Arabia opens Gulf Arab summit to counter Iran threat

Saudi Arabia opens Gulf Arab summit to counter Iran threat

-- 2021-01-05 20:33:50

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman opened a Gulf Arab summit on Tuesday by taking aim at Iran and lauding a deal towards ending a long-running dispute with Qatar. Prince Mohammed e...

Assam bans Islamic schools

Assam bans Islamic schools

Reuters 2021-01-05 18:20:01

An Indian state ruled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party on Wednesday passed a law abolishing state-run Islamic schools, saying they provided sub-standard education. Opposition...

India ready to start COVID-19 vaccinations by next week

India ready to start COVID-19 vaccinations by next week

Reuters 2021-01-05 18:01:31

Indian health authorities are ready to roll out a COVID-19 vaccination programme by next week, the country’s top health official said on Tuesday, days after the drug regulator gave emergency app...

Pakistan court bans virginity tests for rape survivors

Pakistan court bans virginity tests for rape survivors

Al Jazeera 2021-01-05 17:56:44

A Pakistani court has banned the use of virginity tests on female rape survivors in a landmark ruling that is being lauded by women’s rights activists. The Lahore High Court on Monday ruled tha...