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South Korea to include unmarried couples in family definition

South Korea to include unmarried couples in family definition

SEOUL: The South Korean government is seeking to change the legal definition of family to embrace increasingly diverse family models, including unmarried couples cohabiting, the family affairs ministry said Tuesday. The Ministry of Gender Equality and Family on Monday announced its basic policy plan for 2021-2025 to recognize unconventional types of families and guarantee the […]

Malaysia’s COVID vaccination programme expected to be completed end of 2021 or early 2022

Malaysia’s COVID vaccination programme expected to be completed end of 2021 or early 2022

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s Health Ministry plans to complete the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the country by the end of 2021 or early next year. Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the vaccination programme would involve three phases with the first phase expected to start in March involving half a million vaccines for frontline workers. […]

South Korea aims to vaccinate 70% of population by September

South Korea aims to vaccinate 70% of population by September

SEOUL: South Korea aims to get 70 percent of its population inoculated by September and start the first vaccination next month, with so-called “herd immunity” here predicted to be created by November, health authorities said Monday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) announced a set of core tasks for this year, which includes […]

GCS International Board meeting approves major international events, online programs for 2021

GCS International Board meeting approves major international events, online programs for 2021

  By Seok-Jae Kang GCS International Secretary-General Vice President of the Asian Journalists Association SEOUL: The 2021 GCS International Board of Directors Meeting was held at the conference room of GCS International in Seoul, Korea, on January 21. At the board meeting, held in both on- and off-line formats, the board members unanimously approved the […]

Mongolia’s Prime Minister resigns following protests over alleged mishandling of mother, baby

Mongolia’s Prime Minister resigns following protests over alleged mishandling of mother, baby

  LAANBAATAR: Mongolia’s parliament has overwhelmingly voted to accept the resignation of Prime Minister of Mongolia Khurelsukh Ukhnaa. Local news agency Montsame said that 95.2 percent of the lawmakers present at the parliament voted in favor of accepting the resignation. Under Mongolia’s law, the prime minister’s resignation the entire cabinet, formed in July 2020, will […]

Oman research project hopes to produce COVID-19 medicine from frankincense

Oman research project hopes to produce COVID-19 medicine from frankincense

MUSCAT, OMAN: Research studies to produce medicines capable of fighting COVID-19 from frankincense trees in Oman,  on the southeastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula  in Western Asia, are being undertaken jointly by the University of Nizwa and the University of Oxford. The Frankincense (boswellia saca) trees are most famed for their resin, a milky-white substance extracted by harvesters […]

Hundreds of cattle die in severe cold weather in northern Vietnam

Hundreds of cattle die in severe cold weather in northern Vietnam

  By Phong Lan- Deputy head of the World News Desk Dantri Online Newspaper HANOI: More than 600 cattle have died after days of extreme cold weather in some northern and central mountainous regions of Vietnam, the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control said Wednesday in a report. A biting cold snap has ravaged […]

Malaysia: Judiciary will continue to uphold law, justice throughout emergency, PM says

Malaysia: Judiciary will continue to uphold law, justice throughout emergency, PM says

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has given its assurance that the judiciary will continue to function to uphold the law and justice throughout the emergency period. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the Perikatan Nasional government will continue to defend the independence of the judiciary and would never interfere in matters of the courts. “The judiciary will […]

Free COVID-19 vaccines for all Koreans; inoculation to start next month

Free COVID-19 vaccines for all Koreans; inoculation to start next month

SEOUL: President Moon Jae-in said Monday that the government would provide all South Korean people with free-of-charge COVID-19 vaccines in phases starting next month. “[The government] will make sure that all of the people will be inoculated free of charge in accordance with priorities,” he said in his New Year’s address, assuring that inoculation will […]

The relevance of unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part III: Lessons learnt: a divided Sudan

The relevance of unified Korean Peninsula for a future world – Part III: Lessons learnt: a divided Sudan

By Dr. Hassan Humeida – Kiel, Germany BERLIN: Let us look at the Sudan (Eastern Africa) that had once been one country and is now divided. Experts agree that the recent separation into the North and South Sudan is a failed experience. Both parts of Sudan are now in worse shape than before in both […]

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