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PARIS: Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday (Oct 18) as Israel and Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns. European nations have ratcheted up restrictions on daily life to tackle soaring infections, with a 44 per cent increase in cases this week. Advertisement Advertisement Nighttime curfews
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SINGAPORE: While events like the Olympics have been put on hold and football matches are being held without fans in attendance, there remains a demand for sporting events in the pandemic world, experts told CNA. To meet that demand, organisers will need to leverage tools such as virtual reality to be successful, they said. Advertisement Advertisement Speaking to
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PARIS: Europe passed the milestone of 250,000 deaths from COVID-19 on Sunday (Oct 18) as Israel and Australia’s second-largest city of Melbourne began to gradually ease their strict lockdowns. European nations have ratcheted up restrictions on daily life to tackle soaring infections, with a 44 per cent increase in cases this week. Advertisement Advertisement Nighttime curfews
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PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Sixteen people were killed when a passenger bus was forced off the road by a landslide in a mountainous area of northern Pakistan on Sunday (Oct 18), officials said. The bus was travelling from the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, to the northern town of Skardu when it was struck by the falling
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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported seven new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Oct 18), bringing the national total to 57,911. Of the new infections, one is in the community and another case is a dormitory resident, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.  Advertisement Advertisement There were also five imported cases, all of whom were placed on stay-home notice upon arrival
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BEIJING: China has passed a new law to improve its handling of disease outbreaks – including protecting whistleblowers - following a cascade of criticism over its coronavirus response and accusations of an early cover-up. The new biosecurity law, approved by lawmakers on Saturday (Oct 17), flags the right to report “acts that endanger biosecurity” and calls for
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SHANGHAI: China on Sunday (Oct 18) detailed steps to grant more autonomy to Shenzhen, letting the southern financial and technology hub pilot reforms in market development and economic integration. The changes announced by the National Development and Reform Commission include more flexibility to pursue reforms in areas such as land use and cross-border arbitration. Advertisement Advertisement
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian health authorities reported 871 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Oct 18), more than Saturday’s record daily count, raising the country’s total to 20,498. The Southeast Asian country, which imposed targeted lockdowns this month as infections surged, also recorded seven more deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities to 187. Advertisement Advertisement READ: Can the poor in Malaysia cope
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BANGKOK: Protesters returned to the streets of Bangkok for the fifth straight day in coordinated demonstrations on Sunday (Oct 18) to continue their call for an end to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government. Despite an emergency decree banning pubic gatherings, the rallies started at 4pm local time at the Victory Monument, Asoke and Tha Phra MRT station
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SINGAPORE: A hostel that allowed guests to stay for “leisure purposes” has been ordered to suspend operations for 30 days, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) on Sunday (Oct 18).  Another five food and beverage (F&B) outlets have also been fined S$1,000 each for breaching COVID-19 safe management measures, added the agency in a media release.  Advertisement Advertisement Additionally,
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NEW DELHI: India has confirmed 61,871 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, raising its total to about 7.5 million. The Health Ministry on Sunday (Oct 18) also registered 1,033 new fatalities, taking the death toll to 114,031. Advertisement Advertisement The country is continuing a downward trend in new cases, but virus-related fatalities jumped after recording
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HANOI: A landslide early on Sunday (Oct 18) left at least 22 military personnel missing in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Tri, the government said, in what could be the largest military loss in peace time as the country battles the worst flooding in years. Intense rainfall since early October has caused floods and mudslides that
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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday (Oct 18) congratulated his New Zealand counterpart Jacinda Ardern following her national election victory. “Your win reflects the continued trust and confidence that New Zealanders have in your leadership, particularly your government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis,” Mr Lee wrote in a letter.  Advertisement Advertisement He also
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SHANGHAI: China reported 13 new coronavirus cases in the mainland for Oct 17, the same as a day earlier, the health commission said on Sunday (Oct 18). All of the new infections were imported, according to a statement by the National Health Commission. Advertisement Advertisement China also reported 34 new asymptomatic patients, compared with 11 a
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SINGAPORE: It was a walk to remember. On Friday (Oct 16), CNA journalists Matthew Mohan and Gaya Chandramohan completed their long journey around Singapore, which saw them clock 140km over the space of five days. They kicked off their walk at 6am on Monday from Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre and returned there at 2pm on Friday.  Advertisement Advertisement Their goal? To
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KUALA LUMPUR: While COVID-19 has hurt the viability of many businesses, independent bookstores in Malaysia are holding on to their customers, thanks to loyal bibliophiles who prefer old school print on paper.  Amid the pandemic and its movement restrictions, regular customers are purchasing more publications, sometimes via online platforms.  Advertisement Advertisement In June, following movement restrictions throughout
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REUTERS: Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 400,000 for the first time on Saturday (Oct 17), a record one-day increase as much of Europe enacts new restrictions to curb the outbreak. Europe, which successfully tamped down the first surge of infections, has emerged as the new coronavirus epicentre in recent weeks and is reporting
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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported three new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Oct 17), with one in the community, one living in a dormitory and one imported infection.  The community case involves a 49-year-old Bangladeshi migrant worker whose case is unlinked, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).  Advertisement Advertisement He is currently unemployed and his infection was detected
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NEW DELHI: Creditors on Saturday backed a surprise plan by a consortium to revive Jet Airways 18 months after India’s biggest private airline went bankrupt with US$1.2 billion in debt. London investment fund Kalrock Capital and Dubai-based tycoon Murari Lal Jalan proposed the rescue that was “duly approved” by a creditors’ committee, Jet said in
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BANGKOK: Thousands of protesters gathered at several locations in Bangkok on Saturday (Oct 17) to call for an end to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s government, despite clashes on Friday night which saw police using water cannon to disperse crowds. In defiance of an emergency decree banning gatherings, protesters rallied for a fourth straight day, with a youth-led
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has inspected and will continue to monitor rubber manufacturing companies after the country’s rubber glove production came under US scrutiny for alleged forced labour practices, its Human Resources Ministry said on Saturday (Oct 17). In a statement, the ministry said it had carried out enforcement activities on errant companies, and would continue to
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