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  • 'It's my kid, I'll do as I wish': Malaysian police nab man who made toddler son vape in viral video
    Three days after a video of a toddler vaping went viral on social media in Malaysia, the police arrested his father. The 23-year-old man is remanded until May 11, The Star reported on Wednesday (May 5). According to the police, the incident occurred on May 2 in Selangor and the child's... Read more »
  • Malaysia imposes restrictions in capital as Covid-19 cases rise
    Malaysia on Wednesday (May 5) imposed movement restrictions in the capital Kuala Lumpur due to a rising number of Covid-19 infections, adding to lockdowns that have been implemented across the country. The capital will be subjected to some lockdown measures from Friday for two weeks, including a ban on social activities,... Read more »
  • US Customs seizes shipment from Malaysia's Top Glove over forced labour
    The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Wednesday said it had seized a shipment of 3.97 million nitrile disposable gloves from Malaysia ’s Top Glove Corp Bhd estimated to be worth US$518,000 (S$692,000), on indications they were made by forced labour. CBP on March 29 issued a forced labour... Read more »
  • Malaysia makes AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine optional amid safety fears
    KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia will begin a parallel Covid-19 innoculation programme this week for people who chose to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine, after it was removed from an ongoing rollout due to public fears over its safety, a minister said on Monday (May 3). Reports of possible links to very rare... Read more »
  • Malaysia reports first case of Indian Covid-19 variant
    KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday (May 2), days after imposing a ban on flights from India. The variant, named B1617, was detected in an Indian national screened at the... Read more »
  • Will Malaysia dropping AstraZeneca from main inoculation drive fuel vaccine hesitancy?
    Malaysia ’s decision to exclude the AstraZeneca vaccine from its main Covid-19 inoculation drive is the latest vote of no-confidence in the jab, and complicates an already sluggish roll-out of vaccines across Asia. China on Thursday (April 29) beat the United States in terms of total doses administered but Thailand,... Read more »
  • Australia's Lynas to provide Malaysia with more info to resume radioactive waste disposal assessment
    KUALA LUMPUR - Australian miner Lynas Rare Earths Limited is working to provide more information requested by Malaysian authorities to resume an assessment of its application to build a facility for its radioactive waste, it said on Wednesday. The Malaysian Department of Environment (DOE) has marked on its website a rejection... Read more »
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  • Philippines tightens controls on inbound travellers over Covid-19 variants
    Travellers entering the Philippines will be required to undergo 14 days of quarantine, up from a week previously, as authorities try to contain more infectious coronavirus variants, the presidential spokesman said on Friday (May 7). The new controls will apply regardless of whether a visitor has been vaccinated and the... Read more »
  • My life for his: Thai mothers fight for activist children charged with insulting king
    BANGKOK - Ms Sureerat Chiwarak sat with calm resolve in front of a Bangkok court as her head was shaved in a protest to support her activist son, jailed for weeks without bail on criminal charges of insulting Thailand's powerful King. It was a moment the 51-year-old business consultant had never... Read more »
  • Daily roundup: Authorities say TraceTogether data should not be used to grant or deny access to premises — and other top stories today
    Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. TraceTogether data should not be used to grant or deny access to premises: Authorities Businesses should not use people's exposure alert information from the TraceTogether app to grant or deny access to premises... » READ MORE 2. 'I f***ed up':... Read more »
  • India records 1.5 million new Covid-19 cases in a week
    India reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases on Friday (May 7), bringing total new cases for the week to 1.57 million, as the country's vaccination rate falls dramatically due to a lack of supplies and transport problems. As India's deadly second wave of Covid-19 continues unabated and its... Read more »
  • Anti-Olympics campaign gains traction online in Japan
    An online petition calling for the Tokyo Olympics to be cancelled has garnered almost 200,000 signatures in the past few days, as public concerns mount over holding the Games in a pandemic. With less than three months to go before the start of the summer Olympics, already postponed for a... Read more »
  • Japan to extend state of emergency by 3 weeks to May 31
    Japan's government is set to extend on Friday (May 7) a state of emergency in Tokyo and three other areas by about three weeks until the end of May to curb a surge in novel coronavirus cases just months before the start of the Tokyo Olympics. The government had hoped... Read more »
  • South Korea will spend $43b on world's largest floating offshore wind farm
    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. South Korea on Thursday (May 6) announced an ambitious plan to build what it calls the world’s largest floating offshore wind farm, a key project needed to... Read more »
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    Aol - Nieuws

  • 4 ex-cops indicted on U.S. civil rights charges in Floyd death
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air, according to indictments unsealed Friday. The three-count indictment... Read more »
  • VideoApril jobs report: Payrolls rose by 266,000, sharply missing estimates, as unemployment rate increased to 6.1%
    The U.S. economy brought back far fewer jobs than expected in April, and the unemployment rate unexpectedly increased.The Labor Department released the April jobs report Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Here were the main results from the report, compared to consensus data compiled by Bloomberg:Non-farm payrolls, April: +266,000 vs.... Read more »
  • White House Press Sec. Jen Psaki reveals why she plans to step down in the near future
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appeared on CNN Tonight With Don Lemon Thursday after making headlines earlier in the day. In an interview with David Axelrod, with whom she worked during the Obama administration, Psaki revealed that she plans to step down from her position “in a year from... Read more »
  • Texas House approves Republican-backed voting curbs
    (Reuters) - The Texas House of Representatives on Friday backed a bill to bar election officials from sending voters unsolicited mail-in ballot applications, while giving party-affiliated poll watchers greater access to voting sites. The overnight vote in the Republican-controlled legislature followed enactment of similar measures in Georgia and Florida in the... Read more »
  • China discounts possibility of harm from falling rocket
    BEIJING (AP) — China says the upper stage of its Long March 5B rocket that launched the core module of its space station will mostly burn up on re-entry, posing little threat to people and property on the ground. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbing said Chinese authorities will release information about... Read more »
  • GOP seeks unity, even if that means embracing election lie
    WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a new buzzword among Republicans in Washington: unity.The House GOP, led by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, is moving toward stripping Rep. Liz Cheney of her leadership post for her frequent criticism of former President Donald Trump. The unusual step, they say, is necessary to unify a... Read more »
  • Emotional 'KUWTK' as Kardashians announce major life-changing decision
    News of Keeping Up With the Kardashians ending after 20 seasons was reported back in September of last year, but during Thursday night's episode, viewers got a closer look at how that decision was made, like the fact that Kris, Kim, Kourtney and Khloé voted in secret."This is a big day... Read more »
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