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WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday (Apr 9) accused the World Health Organization of putting politics first by ignoring Taiwanese warnings over China’s coronavirus outbreak, laying out its case against the UN body. President Donald Trump has threatened to withhold US funding for the WHO, which is at the forefront of fighting the pandemic that
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GHAZIABAD, India: With his rickshaw sitting idle outside his one-room shack, Sailesh Kumar is one of the hundreds of millions of poor Indians hit the hardest by the world’s biggest COVID-19 lockdown. His family of six are stuck in their slum home outside New Delhi earning nothing and waiting desperately for money promised by the
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BANGKOK: Regional aspirations for a swift transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy are likely to be dashed by the economic and market crises triggered by the global COVID-19 outbreak, experts say. Southeast Asian nations already struggling to meet climate change targets will find those goals further from reach, with the unprecedented health emergency becoming the
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NEW DELHI: “India is walking home,” declared the headline in The Indian Express as newspapers and television screens filled with images of millions of migrant workers, clutching their meagre belongings, trekking along India’s deserted highways to return to their homes, hundreds of kilometres away. Such images were last seen in India seven decades ago, when the
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported another 156 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday (Apr 8), pushing the total past 4,000. The total number of cases had gone past 3,000 last Thursday. With 4,119 infections now, Malaysia is still the worst-hit country in Southeast Asia.  Advertisement Advertisement Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the
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DILI: The prime minister of East Timor withdrew his resignation on Wednesday, saying he would stay in power to oversee the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as the government approved a US$250-million (£202.96 million) fund to fight it. Asia’s youngest democracy, grappling with political instability that has hampered efforts to reduce poverty, stamp out corruption
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GENEVA: North Korea, one of only a handful of countries not to have reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, has said that it continues testing and has more than 500 people in quarantine, the World Health Organization (WHO) told Reuters on Tuesday (Apr 7). The WHO, which said it had been receiving “weekly updates” from the
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JAKARTA: Authorities in the Indonesian capital Jakarta will impose large-scale social restrictions including closures of schools and workplaces to curb the spread of the new coronavirus in the hardest hit area of the country. President Joko Widodo has sought to limit transmission of the highly contagious COVID-19 respiratory disease through social-distancing policies but has resisted
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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians who are in Singapore but want to return home during the circuit breaker measures period should consider remaining in Singapore for another two weeks, said Health Ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday (Apr 7), Dr Noor Hisham said the Malaysian government is still discussing with the Singapore
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