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China to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for front-line workers

China to begin COVID-19 vaccinations for front-line workers

AP 2020-12-19 20:57:20

China will soon begin coronavirus inoculations for workers in health care, transport and border control, a senior official said Saturday. Vice Minister of the National Health Commission Zeng Yixin ga...

Filipino cinema offers Venice-themed pandemic escape

Filipino cinema offers Venice-themed pandemic escape

Reuters 2020-12-19 18:19:45

Some moviegoers in the Philippine capital, tired of lengthy COVID-19 restrictions, are opting for a taste of Venice, bobbing in front of the big screen in socially distanced gondolas. Gondoliers in s...

China issues national security rules on foreign investment

China issues national security rules on foreign investment

Reuters 2020-12-19 16:38:48

China published rules on Saturday for reviewing foreign investment on national security grounds, potentially broad measures that it insisted did not amount to protectionism. The review system announc...

Malaysia to receive first batch of Pfizer vaccine in February

Malaysia to receive first batch of Pfizer vaccine in February

-- 2020-12-19 16:14:11

Malaysia on Saturday said it expects to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNTech in February, according to a report by national news wire Bernama. Last...

Pak PM says Army ‘works under’ him: Report

Pak PM says Army ‘works under’ him: Report

-- 2020-12-19 16:08:26

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has asserted that the Army is a state institution which works under him, amidst Opposition’s allegations of the powerful military establishment’s interfe...

Pakistan alleges India preparing for ‘surgical strike’ against it

Pakistan alleges India preparing for ‘surgical strike’ against it

FE ONLINE DESK 2020-12-19 12:14:01

Pakistan’s government has alleged that India is preparing to launch a “surgical [military] strike” on Pakistani soil and has called for the international community to help de-escalat...

UN report says Covid-19 pose high risks to Asia-Pacific migrants

UN report says Covid-19 pose high risks to Asia-Pacific migrants

-- 2020-12-18 22:02:14

The Covid-19 pandemic and its socio-economic fallout pose high risks to migrant workers in the Asia-Pacific, a new report by the United Nations has claimed. These migrant workers are more likely to b...

Delhi says Dozens of Indians stranded in Chinese waters for months

Delhi says Dozens of Indians stranded in Chinese waters for months

AL JAZEERA 2020-12-18 20:10:33

At least 39 Indian nationals on board two ships have been stranded in Chinese waters for several months now, India’s foreign ministry has said, adding that efforts are under way to bring them ho...

UN calls on Thailand to amend royal insult law

UN calls on Thailand to amend royal insult law

-- 2020-12-18 18:33:39

The United Nations human rights office called on Thailand on Friday to amend its lese majeste law which it said had been used against at least 35 activists - one as young as 16 - in recent weeks. It...

Singapore airport goes sub-zero for vaccine transport plan

Singapore airport goes sub-zero for vaccine transport plan

-- 2020-12-18 18:24:38

As the door of the vaccine transport cart opens at Singapore’s Changi airport, the sub-zero temperatures inside collide with the warm, tropical air, creating a carpet of steam like hot breath on...

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

Iran builds at underground nuclear facility amid US tensions

AP 2020-12-18 15:40:50

Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the US over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show. Ir...

Indian SC declines calls to ban farmers' protest

Indian SC declines calls to ban farmers' protest

-- 2020-12-18 14:53:59

India’s Supreme Court has declined calls to ban a weeks-long farmers’ protest and asked the government and unions to help form a committee of experts to mediate between them. “We ma...

Nearly 70pc Indians are vaccine hesitant: Survey

Nearly 70pc Indians are vaccine hesitant: Survey

Reuters 2020-12-18 14:03:30

Many Indians appear hesitant to get vaccinated for Covid-19 as infections have fallen sharply since a mid-September peak and some people are worried about possible side-effects, according to a survey...

Biden-era agreement needed to revive Iran nuclear deal: IAEA chief

Biden-era agreement needed to revive Iran nuclear deal: IAEA chief

REUTERS 2020-12-18 11:30:50

Reviving Iran’s nuclear deal under US President-elect Joe Biden would require striking a new agreement setting out how Iran’s breaches should be reversed, UN atomic watchdog chief Rafael G...

Experts to visit Wuhan next month to probe Covid-19 origins

Experts to visit Wuhan next month to probe Covid-19 origins

-- 2020-12-17 18:17:41

An international mission led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is expected to go to China in the first week of January to investigate the origins of the virus that sparked the Covid-19 pandemic,...

India farmers' protest: Sikh priest shoots himself dead, failing 'to bear pain'

India farmers' protest: Sikh priest shoots himself dead, failing 'to bear pain'

FE ONLINE DESK 2020-12-17 15:12:01

The priest of a Gurdwara from India’s Haryana, Baba Ram Singh, who joined the farmers' protest, has died by suicide; he had shot himself, NDTV reports. The 65-year-old was at the Delhi-Sonipat...

First phase of corona vaccination programme likely to cost India $1.8b: Report

First phase of corona vaccination programme likely to cost India $1.8b: Report

REUTERS 2020-12-17 14:53:07

India will have to spend $1.4 billion to $1.8 billion in the first phase of a coronavirus vaccination programme, even after getting support under the COVAX global vaccine-sharing scheme, according to...

Global Covid-19 cases cross 74 million

Global Covid-19 cases cross 74 million

-- 2020-12-17 13:19:30

Global coronavirus (Covid-19) cases surpassed 74 million while fatalities surged past 1.64 million until early Thursday. The worldwide number of the virus cases reached 74,158,470 and fatalities stoo...

Biodegradables ‘not solving China’s plastic pollution crisis’

Biodegradables ‘not solving China’s plastic pollution crisis’

-- 2020-12-17 12:42:50

A massive increase in biodegradable plastic production in China is outpacing the country's ability to degrade the materials, according to a new report published by the charity Greenpeace. China - the...

Japan PM faces criticism for joining year-end dinners

Japan PM faces criticism for joining year-end dinners

-- 2020-12-16 19:14:54

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has drawn criticism for joining year-end get-togethers after begging the public to avoid parties as the country grapples with record numbers of coronavirus cases...

Indonesia pledges free Covid-19 vaccines

Indonesia pledges free Covid-19 vaccines

-- 2020-12-16 18:11:48

Indonesia will provide free coronavirus vaccines to its citizens when the world’s fourth most populous nation starts its inoculation programme, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday...

Taliban delegation visits Islamabad, plans for leadership meeting in Pakistan

Taliban delegation visits Islamabad, plans for leadership meeting in Pakistan

-- 2020-12-16 18:06:29

A Taliban delegation will arrive in Pakistan's capital on Wednesday for a three-day visit, according to official statements, as both sides in the Afghan peace process continue consultations during a b...

Asia-Pacific faces record number of climate disasters in 2020

Asia-Pacific faces record number of climate disasters in 2020

-- 2020-12-16 16:48:15

Asia-Pacific region has faced a record number of climate-related disasters in 2020, affecting tens of millions of vulnerable people already hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Red Cross said on Wed...

Amid pandemic, Jakarta burials 61 per cent higher from Jan to Oct

Amid pandemic, Jakarta burials 61 per cent higher from Jan to Oct

-- 2020-12-15 17:28:41

Burials in the Indonesian capital were 61 per cent higher in the first 10 months of 2020 than in the past five years, according to a new study that could suggest Indonesia’s real coronavirus dea...

Bomb attack in Afghanistan kills Kabul’s deputy governor

Bomb attack in Afghanistan kills Kabul’s deputy governor

-- 2020-12-15 14:25:52

A bomb attack in Afghanistan’s capital city killed the deputy governor of Kabul on Tuesday, security officials said, adding a sticky bomb was attached to his car by unknown assailants. Mahboobu...

Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

Chinese dams under US scrutiny in Mekong rivalry

-- 2020-12-13 23:33:47

A US-funded project using satellites to track and publish water levels at Chinese dams on the Mekong River was launched on Monday, adding to the superpowers' rivalry in Southeast Asia. The 4,350-km (...

Indian farmers intensify protests as six rounds of talks with Modi govt fail

Indian farmers intensify protests as six rounds of talks with Modi govt fail

-- 2020-12-13 22:19:10

Tens of thousands of Indian farmers on Sunday intensified their protests against three new agricultural laws aimed at overhauling food grain procurement and pricing rules by allowing private companies...

Sri Lanka records highest elephant deaths in world

Sri Lanka records highest elephant deaths in world

Hindustan Times 2020-12-13 15:32:27

Sri Lanka has recorded the highest number of elephant deaths in the world due to the human-elephant conflict, according to a media report. The island-nation’s Committee on Public Accounts (COPA...

Israel, Bhutan establish diplomatic relations at Delhi ceremony

Israel, Bhutan establish diplomatic relations at Delhi ceremony

-- 2020-12-13 11:03:19

Israel established relations on Saturday with Bhutan, a majority-Buddhist nation neighbouring India, as it looks to continue to expand its diplomatic links internationally. Israel’s accord with...

Indonesia arrests cleric over alleged lockdown breaches

Indonesia arrests cleric over alleged lockdown breaches

-- 2020-12-12 19:20:58

Indonesian Islamic cleric Rizieq Shihab was arrested in Jakarta on Saturday on suspicion of having breached coronavirus restrictions by holding events that drew thousands of followers in the city, his...