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BANGKOK: Thailand on Wednesday (Jan 27) reported 819 new COVID-19 cases, taking its total infections to 15,465. One additional death was reported, bringing total fatalities to 76. More than 700 of the new infections were in Samut Sakhon province, the epicentre of the most recent outbreak, the Thailand COVID-19 task force said at a briefing. Advertisement Advertisement
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SINGAPORE: The Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said it cannot comment or provide updates on its multi-year-long probe into a corruption scandal involving Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M).  This is because it needs to “protect the integrity” of these confidential investigations and to “avoid prejudicing any prosecutorial decision that might follow”, it said on
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SINGAPORE: Air quality readings at the nearest monitoring station to Springdale Primary School remain within the “normal” range, said the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Wednesday (Jan 27). NEA’s statement to CNA came after Springdale Primary on Tuesday said that about 70 students had experienced “eye irritation” in school the previous day, and that it was
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TOKYO: Japan’s vaccination roll-out faces logistical hurdles that could further delay the slow-moving campaign, experts and officials say, complicating plans to deliver widescale coronavirus inoculations in time for the Olympics. Already the last major industrial country to start mass vaccinations, Japan is likely to be hampered on the ground by a lack of containers and
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HONG KONG: Donald Trump has left the White House, but Trumpism has not left US politics.  With Joe Biden as America’s president, the world hopes that the United States will shift away from Trump’s disruptive confrontational approach toward China relations and embark on a path of pragmatic engagement. Advertisement Advertisement At stake is whether this crucial
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SINGAPORE: In a manner of speaking, Chinese New Year had always been one mega open-house for the entire “clan”.  No one ever received an official invite, and no one ever needed one either. Advertisement Advertisement There has always been an unspoken understanding that if you were even remotely related to someone, whether by blood or
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The European Parliament is demanding the immediate release in Vietnam of three journalists jailed this month on anti-state charges, calling respect for freedom of expression an essential element of a free trade agreement signed between the EU and Vietnam in 2019. “Parliament calls on the Vietnamese government to immediately and unconditionally release human rights defenders
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SINGAPORE: Three previously reported COVID-19 cases have tested positive for the new B117 variant and could be linked, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Jan 26). “Whole genome sequencing and phylogenetic analysis conducted by the National Public Health Laboratory have revealed that three previously reported cases (Cases 59028, 59340 and 59351) have tested positive for
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DOHA: Afghan government negotiators holding peace talks with the Taliban charged on Tuesday (Jan 26) their opponents had been avoiding formal engagement for more than a week, an accusation the insurgents denied. The two sides have been meeting in the Qatari capital Doha since September in a US-backed effort to contain the violence in their
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A China-backed newspaper on Tuesday warned that Hong Kong would have to leave behind any notion of “Western” democracy, suggesting that the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is planning to further tighten its grip on the city’s political life amid an ongoing crackdown on dissent. In an article titled “Leaving behind the myth of Western democracy: consultative
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has filed a lawsuit against Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and the federal government, by initiating a judicial review challenging Mr Muhyiddin’s advice to the king to suspend paliamentary sittings during the country’s state of emergency. In a statement on Tuesday (Jan 26), Mr Anwar’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh said that
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WELLINGTON: China and New Zealand signed a deal that upgrades their existing free trade pact on Tuesday (Jan 26), giving exports from the Pacific nation greater access to the world’s second-largest economy. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern confirmed the signing of an expanded trade deal with China, noting its significance amid the pandemic. Advertisement
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PARIS: As Olympic organisers deny reports that the Tokyo Games this summer will be postponed again, they, and other sports bodies, are wrestling with the issue of vaccinating participants for COVID-19 at international events. On Monday (Jan 25), Denis Masseglia, the president of the French National Olympic Committee, said there was no choice but to vaccinate
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SINGAPORE: The former principal consultant of the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) was charged on Tuesday (Jan 26) with conspiring to cheat two statutory boards. Jeffrey Ho Kiat, 54, was charged with conspiring to cheat IMDA as well as the People’s Association (PA) of more than S$77,000.  Advertisement Advertisement A former director of Goldentree Innovations
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Petitioners calling for help from Vietnam’s government in resolving complaints over land grabs and other injustices have been detained in advance of a major Communist Party Congress beginning in the capital Hanoi on Monday, sources say. Independent journalists and other democracy advocates are also being kept under surveillance by police as Party meetings get under
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BEIJING: China reported a fall in new COVID-19 infections as the number of cases in two of the provinces particularly hard hit by the latest coronavirus wave fell to single digits, official data showed on Tuesday (Jan 26). A total of 82 confirmed cases were reported in China on Jan 25, the National Health Commission
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