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    Malaysia

  • Coronavirus: As Malaysia’s contract doctors prepare for day-long strike, who is to blame for their woes?
    As Malaysia ’s health system heaves under the weight of a Covid-19 daily caseload that remains stubbornly high, thousands of young contract doctors like Anthony John are volunteering at virus response centres to ease the pressure off counterparts with permanent jobs. The task at hand is grim, with these centres... Read more »
  • Malaysia's Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul on the 'Bendera Putih' campaign, job losses and standing for election
    Malaysia ’s Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz spoke to the South China Morning Post on a wide range of issues concerning the National Recovery Plan, a four-phase road map for the country to progressively reopen its economy by the end of the year. While Malaysia’s heaving health care system... Read more »
  • Malaysia's food entrepreneurs bank on tech and innovation to survive Covid-19 lockdowns
    Running a restaurant is never easy, but in Malaysia, where eating out is practically a national pastime, successful establishments have long thrived by virtue of their reputation and seen little reason to innovate. Then came March 2020 and the country's first partial coronavirus lockdown, sending chefs and restaurant owners scrambling... Read more »
  • Malaysia's 'empty syringe' incidents may fuel Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy, experts say
    Malaysia ’s Health Minister Adham Baba on Tuesday said residents who received improperly administered Covid-19 vaccine shots would be called in for a fresh dose, as observers warned that reports of such impropriety would further fuel vaccine hesitancy. The minister’s brief comments to the Berita Harian newspaper follow intense discussions... Read more »
  • Malaysian MP Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor cleared of corruption after appeal court overturns conviction
    Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, a former top lieutenant of ex-Malaysian leader Najib Razak, on Friday (July 16) became the latest political figure in the country to be absolved of corruption charges after an appellate court quashed an earlier conviction. The former secretary general of the powerful United Malays National Organisation (Umno)... Read more »
  • Malaysia's road map for reopening to include opposition input, finance minister says
    Malaysia ’s government, already under fire for its handling of the Covid-19 crisis, will cooperate more closely with the opposition as it implements a new road map for a progressive reopening of the economy, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said in an exclusive interview. Tengku Zafrul last week held... Read more »
  • Malaysia approves China's Sinopharm vaccine for emergency use
    KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's health ministry said on Friday it has granted conditional approval for emergency use to the Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by China's Sinopharm. The Sinopharm vaccine in Malaysia was registered by pharmaceutical company Duopharma Sdn Bhd, Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement. Duopharma had... Read more »
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    Asia

  • Tokyo Olympics: Taiwan happy at not being called 'Chinese Taipei' at opening ceremony as island's President Tsai Ing-wen thanks Japan for playing host
    Taiwan's official name at the Olympics became a source of heated debate over the weekend as Japan's national broadcaster omitted to introduce its athletes as being from "Chinese Taipei" during Friday's (July 23) opening ceremony. Instead, NHK's anchor called the team "Taiwan", a taboo word China has bristled over in... Read more »
  • Bali running out of oxygen as government ponders curbs
    JAKARTA - The Indonesian island of Bali is running out of oxygen for its Covid-19 patients as infections surge, the chief of its health agency said, as Southeast Asia's biggest country struggles with the region's worst COVID epidemic. Bali, famous for its tourist beaches and temples, along with the main... Read more »
  • Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces
    MANILA - Philippine authorities moved thousands of residents of the capital, Manila, out of their low-lying communities on Saturday (July 24) as heavy monsoon rain, compounded by a tropical storm, flooded the city and nearby provinces. The national disaster agency said 14,023 people, most of them from a flood-prone Manila suburb,... Read more »
  • Olympics: South Korean TV apologises over opening ceremony broadcast
    TOKYO - A South Korean TV network has apologised after using inappropriate images and captions to describe countries during the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony on Friday (July 23). The broadcaster, MBC, used images of pizza to describe Italy, an upheaval for Haiti, Chernobyl for Ukraine, salmon for Norway, when athletes... Read more »
  • Taiwan's Covid-19 curbs drive spike in food packaging waste
    AsiaOne has launched EarthOne, a new section dedicated to environmental issues — because we love the planet and we believe science. Find articles like this there. TAIPEI - Taiwan has become inundated with waste after a surge Covid-19 cases prompted movement curbs that led to a spike in online shopping and food deliveries... Read more »
  • At least 112 dead in India as rains trigger floods, landslides
    MUMBAI - At least 112 people have died in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, authorities said on Friday, after torrential monsoon rains caused landslides and flooded low-lying areas, cutting off hundreds of villages. Parts of India's west coast received up to 594 mm of rainfall over 24 hours, forcing... Read more »
  • Superstar Osaka lights flame as Japan's Covid-hit Olympic Games open
    TOKYO - Japan's global superstar Naomi Osaka on Friday lit the Olympic cauldron to mark the start of Tokyo 2020, in an opening ceremony shorn of glitz and overshadowed by a pandemic but defined by hope, tradition and gestures of diversity. Postponed by a year due to the coronavirus, the... Read more »
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    Aol - Nieuws

  • Chase Kalisz, a Michael Phelps protégé, wins Team USA’s first gold medal at Tokyo Olympics
    TOKYO — The first Summer Olympics without Michael Phelps in 25 years sped into a full gear on Saturday without an American medal. On Sunday morning, fittingly, a Phelps protege got Team USA on the board.And he didn’t just win any medal. Chase Kalisz won gold.Kalisz, who grew up nine... Read more »
  • Imprisoned 'Dating Game Killer' Alcala dies in California
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A prolific serial torture-slayer dubbed “The Dating Game Killer” died Saturday while awaiting execution in California, authorities said. Rodney James Alcala was 77.He died of natural causes at a hospital in San Joaquin Valley, California, prison officials said in a statement.Alcala was sentenced to death in... Read more »
  • Cleveland pitcher Nick Wittgren reportedly receives death threats after rough game
    Cleveland Indians pitcher Nick Wittgren wants people to know the vitriol athletes receive after a poor performance. Wittgren posted pictures of death threats he and his family received following a bad outing during Friday's 10-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Wittgren posted a tweet featuring three screenshots. The messages —... Read more »
  • Alabama officer getting paid after murder conviction resigns
    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer who remained on his city's payroll for two months after being convicted of murder has resigned from the Huntsville Police Department.Officer William Darby left of his own accord, the city told WAAY-TV on Friday.Darby has been on paid leave since his May... Read more »
  • 'This can be me': Black participation rising in gymnastics
    TOKYO (AP) — There's a phenomenon that happens every time Simone Biles appears on a screen inside Power Moves Gymnastics & Fitness.As if flipping a switch, the young women of color on the gym's competitive team spring to life, fueled by the jolt of adrenaline that comes with watching the... Read more »
  • States scale back virus reporting just as cases surge
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Several states scaled back their reporting of COVID-19 statistics this month just as cases across the country started to skyrocket, depriving the public of real-time information on outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities. The shift to weekly instead of daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa... Read more »
  • Federal court lifts CDC rules for Florida-based cruise ships
    MIAMI (AP) — Pandemic restrictions on Florida-based cruise ships are no longer in place under a ruling Friday by a federal appeals court, while the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention seek to fight a Florida lawsuit challenging the regulations.A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of... Read more »