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Vietnam jails journalists for 'propaganda' critical of state

Vietnam jails journalists for 'propaganda' critical of state

Reuters 2021-01-05 16:13:30

A court in Vietnam on Tuesday sentenced three freelance journalists known for their criticism of government to between 11 and 15 years in prison, after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state prop...

India’s Serum now says no bar on vaccine export

India’s Serum now says no bar on vaccine export

-- 2021-01-05 14:25:28

Exports of Covid vaccines are permitted to all countries, Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla has tweeted as he tried to clear confusions. “I would like to clarify two matters; as ther...

Indian govt, farmers fail to break farm law impasse

Indian govt, farmers fail to break farm law impasse

-- 2021-01-05 13:32:16

The government on Monday refused to roll back farm reform laws, prompting farmers to threaten to step up their weeks-long protests, but the two sides agreed to meet again on Friday. Tens of thousands...

Ravaged by war, Yemeni boy weighs 7kg

Ravaged by war, Yemeni boy weighs 7kg

REUTERS 2021-01-05 11:03:12

Paralysed and severely malnourished, seven-year-old Faid Samim lies curled up on a hospital bed in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, having barely survived the journey there. “He was almost gone when h...

Jack Ma's 'disappearance' fuels social media speculations

Jack Ma's 'disappearance' fuels social media speculations

-- 2021-01-04 22:56:25

Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s absence from public view in the past two months, including missing the final episode of a TV show on which he was to appear as a judge, has fueled social media speculat...

Singapore considers relaxing curbs for vaccinated travellers as WEF nears

Singapore considers relaxing curbs for vaccinated travellers as WEF nears

Reuters 2021-01-04 18:02:06

Singapore said on Monday it will consider relaxing travel restrictions for people who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, including for those planning to visit the city-state for the World Economic...

Japan to declare Tokyo state of emergency amid spark in virus cases

Japan to declare Tokyo state of emergency amid spark in virus cases

Reuters 2021-01-04 16:23:27

Japan said on Monday it would consider declaring a state of emergency for the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area as coronavirus cases climb, casting fresh doubt over whether it can push ahead with the Ol...

Thai PM urges public to stay home as Covid cases hit record

Thai PM urges public to stay home as Covid cases hit record

-- 2021-01-04 14:02:57

Thailand’s prime minister on Monday urged the public to stay home to help contain the country’s biggest coronavirus outbreak yet and avoid a strict lockdown, as authorities confirmed a dai...

India farmers protest on highway, online

India farmers protest on highway, online

-- 2021-01-04 11:20:52

In a standoff between farmers from India’s northern breadbasket and the government that has convulsed the country, the farmers have a 21st-century ally: a handful of supporters scattered around...

India won't allow export of corona vaccine

India won't allow export of corona vaccine

-- 2021-01-04 09:20:23

India will not allow the export of the Oxford University-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for several months, the head of Serum Institute of India, which has been contracted to make 1 billion doses of...

Roof collapse during funeral claims 18 lives in India

Roof collapse during funeral claims 18 lives in India

-- 2021-01-03 19:31:55

At least 18 people attending a funeral in northern India were killed when a roof they were sheltering under during heavy rainfall collapsed on Sunday afternoon, a police officer said. Around 40 mourn...

India's approval of homegrown vaccine criticised over lack of data

India's approval of homegrown vaccine criticised over lack of data

Reuters 2021-01-03 18:35:07

India on Sunday granted emergency approval to Bharat Biotech's COVAXIN but faced questions after taking the step without publishing efficacy data for the homegrown coronavirus vaccine. The news, anno...

India’s drugs regulator gives final approval to AstraZeneca, local Covid vaccines

India’s drugs regulator gives final approval to AstraZeneca, local Covid vaccines

-- 2021-01-03 13:20:29

India’s drugs regulator on Sunday gave final approval for the emergency-use of two coronavirus vaccines, one developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University and the other by local company Bharat...

Saudi Arabia lifts entry ban imposed over new virus strain

Saudi Arabia lifts entry ban imposed over new virus strain

REUTERS 2021-01-03 13:14:07

Saudi Arabia said that entry to the kingdom by sea, land and air will be resumed starting Sunday after a ban that lasted two weeks amid fears of a new coronavirus variant, the state news agency report...

Iran's Zarif urges Trump to avoid Israeli 'trap' to provoke war

Iran's Zarif urges Trump to avoid Israeli 'trap' to provoke war

-- 2021-01-03 10:13:07

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged US President Donald Trump on Saturday not to be “trapped” by an alleged Israeli plan to provoke a war through attacks on US forces in Ir...

India's Kashmir region seeks $4.0b in investments, to provide security

India's Kashmir region seeks $4.0b in investments, to provide security

Reuters 2021-01-02 20:19:03

India’s federal territory of Jammu and Kashmir plans to attract investments worth up to $4.0 billion in the next two to three years and would provide security to businesses setting up shop in...

Mumbai attack mastermind arrested in Pakistan

Mumbai attack mastermind arrested in Pakistan

-- 2021-01-02 19:26:23

Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was arrested on Saturday in Pakistan on terror financing charges, an official said. Lakhvi, who was on ba...

Thailand eyes strict measures amid virus second wave

Thailand eyes strict measures amid virus second wave

-- 2021-01-02 18:50:23

Thai health authorities on Saturday recommended tougher restrictions on businesses and people's movement in 28 provinces, including the capital Bangkok, as the number of new coronavirus cases rises, r...

Japan to review new Covid-19 emergency declaration

Japan to review new Covid-19 emergency declaration

-- 2021-01-02 17:34:59

Japan will consider issuing a new emergency declaration after governors in the capital region urged action to tackle a record surge in Covid-19 cases, the head of the nation’s pandemic response...

From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s truck art

From the highways to the skies: Pakistan’s truck art

REUTERS 2021-01-02 15:30:30

Pakistan’s famous truck art will move from its highways to the skies, as a flying academy is painting a two-seater Cessna aircraft with the colourful technique. With elaborate and flamboyant mo...

Vietnam reports first case of new coronavirus variant

Vietnam reports first case of new coronavirus variant

Reuters 2021-01-02 15:20:04

Vietnam has detected its first imported case of the new coronavirus variant that is spreading rapidly around Britain, the health ministry said on Saturday. The variant was detected in a 44-year-old w...

Covid-19 vaccine to be free across India, says Indian health minister

Covid-19 vaccine to be free across India, says Indian health minister

-- 2021-01-02 15:19:29

Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines would be free of cost across the country. "Not just in Delhi, it (vaccine) will be free across the country," Vardhan...

Iran plans to enrich uranium up to 20pc at Fordow site, IAEA conveyed

Iran plans to enrich uranium up to 20pc at Fordow site, IAEA conveyed

-- 2021-01-02 10:58:30

Iran has told the United Nations nuclear watchdog it plans to enrich uranium to up to 20 per cent purity, a level it achieved before its 2015 accord, at its Fordow site buried inside a mountain, the a...

Australia's national anthem wording changed to accommodate Indigenous history

Australia's national anthem wording changed to accommodate Indigenous history

-- 2021-01-02 10:46:43

Australia amended its national anthem to remove reference to the country being “young and free” amid calls to recognise that its Indigenous people are the oldest continued civilisation in...

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

India, Pakistan exchange list of nuclear installations

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

Pakistan and India on Friday conducted the annual practice of exchanging the list of their nuclear installations under a bilateral arrangement that prohibits them from attacking each other's atomic fa...

Iran vows 'resistance' a year after Soleimani killing

Iran vows 'resistance' a year after Soleimani killing

-- 2021-01-01 20:27:22

The US killing of top general Qassem Soleimani will not deter Iranian resistance, a senior commander said on Friday as tensions mounted in the build-up to the first anniversary of the drone strike. T...

India approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

India approves AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use

-- 2021-01-01 19:11:22

India's drug regulator on Friday approved a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. The approval paves the...

Arakan Army releases three ruling party politicians of Myanmar

Arakan Army releases three ruling party politicians of Myanmar

-- 2021-01-01 19:03:28

Insurgents from western Myanmar on Friday released three ruling party politicians who had been kidnapped from conflict-torn Rakhine state, a spokesman for the insurgent group said, calling it a goodwi...

Australia changes National Anthem wording to reflect Indigenous history

Australia changes National Anthem wording to reflect Indigenous history

Reuters 2021-01-01 18:42:11

Australia amended its national anthem to remove reference to the country being "young and free" amid calls to recognise that its Indigenous people are the oldest continued civilisation in the world....

AstraZeneca vaccine set to become first one approved in India

AstraZeneca vaccine set to become first one approved in India

-- 2021-01-01 16:39:39

India's drug regulator is set to approve on Friday a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use, three sources with knowledge of the matter said. The decisio...