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Budget vote in Malaysian parliament goes ahead despite presence of quarantined MPs in full PPE

Budget vote in Malaysian parliament goes ahead despite presence of quarantined MPs in full PPE

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s parliament waded into controversy after three MPs currently undergoing home quarantine were allowed into the parliament to participate in a vote on the budget for the Federal Territories Ministry. The three MPs, reportedly Health Minister Adham Baba and M. Saravanan from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and P. Prabakaran from the opposition […]

A Strange Museum in Tehran: No to the Chemical Bomb, No to the Atomic Bomb

A Strange Museum in Tehran: No to the Chemical Bomb, No to the Atomic Bomb

By Alireza Bahrami TEHRAN: These days, with the election of Mr. Biden as the next President of the United States, one of the options that has gained strength in some media is the US invasion of Iran before the end of Mr. Trump’s presidency; An option that, of course, seems very unlikely. The history of […]

Body of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk likely to be cremated in Latvia

Body of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk likely to be cremated in Latvia

SEOUL: The body of South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk, who died from COVID-19 complications in Latvia, is likely to be cremated in the Baltic country, a diplomatic source familiar with the matter has said. Kim’s family has asked the South Korean Embassy in Latvia to take care of the funeral process, the source said, citing […]

Journalist Malala Maiwand shot dead; fourth media victim in Afghanistan in 2020

Journalist Malala Maiwand shot dead; fourth media victim in Afghanistan in 2020

KABUL: Malala Maiwand, 25, has become the fourth journalist to be killed in Afghanistan in 2020 after she was shot dead in eastern Afghanistan. According to reports, Malala, a reporter for radio and television broadcaster Enikas, was on her way to work in Jalalabad on Thursday when unidentified gunmen opened fire on her vehicle. Her […]

Journalist assassinated at home in northwestern Pakistan; AJA founder expresses support

Journalist assassinated at home in northwestern Pakistan; AJA founder expresses support

  DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Pakistani journalist Qais Javed was shot dead in the yard of his home on the night of December 7 in the northwestern city of Dera Ismail Khan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province bordering Afghanistan. Asia Journalist Association (AJA) founder and President of the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK) from 2002 to 2005 […]

Seoul cancels year-end bell-ringing ceremony for first time in 67 years

Seoul cancels year-end bell-ringing ceremony for first time in 67 years

  SEOUL: The Seoul metropolitan government said that a traditional bell-ringing ceremony at midnight on New Year’s Eve would be canceled amid a recent surge in novel coronavirus infections. “Considering the rapid spread of COVID-19, we have to cancel the year-end bell-ringing ceremony,” said an official from the municipal government of the capital city. It […]

Bahrain becomes second country in the world to approve use of Pfizer vaccine

Bahrain becomes second country in the world to approve use of Pfizer vaccine

MANAMA: Bahrain’s approval of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has made it the second country in the world to grant an Emergency Use Authorisation (EUA) for the vaccine. The confirmation of approval by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) followed thorough analysis and review undertaken by the authority of all available data. It is Bahrain’s second […]

Memorial to victims of forced sex work in WWII may remain in Berlin district

Memorial to victims of forced sex work in WWII may remain in Berlin district

BERLIN: A Berlin district council has passed a resolution seeking to keep a statue of a girl symbolizing the victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery permanently installed at a public site, officials and reports said Wednesday. The resolution, approved by a majority vote at Berlin’s Mitte district parliament, calls for measures to have the statue […]

Malaysia: Noraseela first woman president at Malaysian Olympians Association

Malaysia: Noraseela first woman president at Malaysian Olympians Association

KUALA LUMPUR: Former national hurdler Noraseela Mohd Khalid has become the first woman to helm the Malaysian Olympians Association (MOA). The association, in a statement today, announced the historic news, saying that Noraseela was appointed alongside seven others as MOA’s 2020-2022 term office-bearers without voting as their nominations were not challenged, national news agency Bernama […]

UNICEF working with more than 350 partners to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

UNICEF working with more than 350 partners to deliver COVID-19 vaccines

NEW YORK: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with major global airlines and freight providers to step up efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to over 92 countries around the world as soon as vaccines become available. To kickstart preparations, UNICEF together with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Air Transport […]

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