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Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

Some leaders win virus bonus; whammy for million$ skippers

By Ivan Lim Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN SINGAPORE: Feared as the Evil Genie everywhere, the Coronavirus is displaying almost mystical abilities to impact the fortunes of politicians across the globe, for better or for worse. Take South Korea’s Moon Jae-in. The president’s political fate took an unexpected upswing in the midst of battling […]

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

Coronavirus robs Bahrainis of Eid joy, festivities

By Habib Toumi MANAMA: “I am not taking any risks, so I told my daughters and their children to come late for the family lunch, spend a short time with us, then go home,” Fareed said when asked about his plans ahead for the day. “I love my extended family, but with the coronavirus threats, […]

Official news agencies should take lead in fight against COVID-19: UNA

Official news agencies should take lead in fight against COVID-19: UNA

By Habib Toumi JEDDAH: Official news agencies should re-take the initiative amidst the coronavirus pandemic to restore their leading roles ahead of social media and citizen media (social networking sites), a media forum has said. “This can be achieved through further qualification and continuous training for media staff and by enhancing creativity and innovation in […]

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

Chun’s commander warned South Korea could end up like Vietnam unless Gwangju uprising quelled: U.S. documents

SEOUL: The martial law commander at the time of South Korea’s 1980 pro-democracy uprising warned the then-U.S. ambassador that the country could end up a communist nation like Vietnam unless the revolt was quelled, declassified U.S. documents showed Friday. The commander, Gen. Lee Hui-sung, also tried to justify the martial law’s expansion during the meeting […]

Cambodia: Last COVID-19 patient discharged; no new cases in 34 days

Cambodia: Last COVID-19 patient discharged; no new cases in 34 days

PHNOM PENH: There is no more active case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Cambodia as the last patient has been successfully cured, the country’s Ministry of Health said. The last recovered case is a 36-year-old woman who was transferred to Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital in Phnom Penh on May 8, the ministry said. The woman […]

Super-speed race to kill COVID-19 and stop plague of false news

Super-speed race to kill COVID-19 and stop plague of false news

  By Ivan Lim  Former AJA President, Contributor to AsiaN   SINGAPORE: It’s do-or-die speed now to find antidotes for the Covid-19 pandemic, and unified moves globally to   get rid of infodemic  — destructively untrue information — as the Corona virus keeps up its killing spree world-wide.  The menace of misinformationis becoming a parallel plague, the […]

Saudi Arabia imposes full curfew for Eid Al Fitr

Saudi Arabia imposes full curfew for Eid Al Fitr

RIYADH: A 24-hour curfew has been imposed by Saudi Arabia for the holiday of Eid Al Fitr, the feast that marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting and special prayers for Muslims. The interior ministry said in a statement that it would impose the full lockdown from May 23 to May 27 across […]

Kuwait reports 991 Coronavirus infections, quarantines 128 residential buildings

Kuwait reports 991 Coronavirus infections, quarantines 128 residential buildings

KUWAIT: Kuwaiti health authorities said the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has claimed the lives of 10 people on Tuesday, raising the death toll to 75. In his daily coronavirus update, Health Ministry Spokesperson Dr. Abdullah Al Sanad said that 991 people have tested positive for the highly contagious virus, increasing the overall number of infections in […]

In Kuwait, vehicles’ CO2 emission down as traffic is restricted due to COVID-19

In Kuwait, vehicles’ CO2 emission down as traffic is restricted due to COVID-19

KUWAIT: A study of air quality, carried out by the Kuwait Environment Public Authority (EPA), has shown a considerable lowering of CO2 emission and other harmful gases from vehicles due to the partial curfew measures set counter the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread in the country. Deputy Direct for EPA’s environmental monitoring Sameera Al Kanderi said that the […]

Kuwait announces full curfew until the end of May

Kuwait announces full curfew until the end of May

KUWAIT: The Kuwaiti Government decided on Friday to impose full curfew starting Sunday (May 10) 4 pm until May 30, as part of the measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Official government spokesperson Tareq Al-Mizrem said on Twitter that the decision was taken upon recommendations by the national health authorities, Kuwait […]

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