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Global Covid cases near 350 million

The overall number of Covid cases has surpassed 350 million amid the rise in Omicron infections across the global. According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 350,970,885 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,595,929 Monday morning. Read More...

US orders departure of Ukraine embassy staff family members

The United States on Sunday ordered the departure of family members of staff at its embassy in Ukraine, citing the continuing threat of military action from Russia. The US State Department also authorized the voluntary departure of US government employees and said Americans should consider departing immediately. "We have been in consultation with the Ukrainian government about this step and are coordinating with Allied and partner embassies in Kyiv as they determine their posture," the US Embassy said. Read More...

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine’s government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate. Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian Party Nashi, which currently has no seats in Ukraine’s parliament. Read More...

Growing number of foreign firms head for door

The announcements Friday by TotalEnergies and Chevron have swelled the ranks of foreign firms that have quit Myanmar after the February military coup. As the civilian death toll from the military crackdown has surpassed 1,500 people, activists have ratcheted up pressure on foreign firms. Investors piled into the country after the military relaxed its iron grip in 2011, paving the way for democratic reforms and economic liberalisation in the country of more than 50 million people. Read More...

7 dead, 15 injured in massive fire at Mumbai high-rise

At least seven people died and some 15 others sustained injuries in a massive fire that broke out at a residential high-rise in the western Indian city of Mumbai on Saturday. Officials said the blaze started on the 18th floor of Kamla complex in Mumbai's Tardeo area in the morning and soon engulfed the two upper floors of the 20-storey building. Read More...

Sri Lanka inflation hits record 14% as food crisis worsens.

Sri Lanka consumer prices shot up a record 14 percent in December, surpassing a previous high of 11.1 from a month earlier, official figures showed on Saturday as food and fuel shortages worsen. Read More...


Sri Lanka inflation hits record 14% as food crisis worsens

Sri Lanka consumer prices shot up a record 14 percent in December, surpassing a previous high of 11.1 from a month earlier, official figures showed on Saturday as food and fuel shortages worsen. Read More...

Covax wants $5.2 billion to fund 2022 vaccine drive

The Covax scheme for ensuring Covid-19 vaccines reach poorer countries said Wednesday it needed $5.2 billion within the next three months to fund jabs for the world in 2022. Covax reached the milestone of shipping its billionth vaccine dose at the weekend, after a surge in deliveries to countries in November and December, but hopes to ramp up the flow of vaccines this year. Read More...

Global Covid cases top 337 million

The overall number of Covid cases has now surpassed 337 million, with a spike in cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across the world. According to Johns Hopkins University (JHU), the total case count mounted to 337,112, 379 while the death toll from the virus reached 5,563,776 Thursday morning. Read More...

N Korea suggests it may resume nuclear, missile tests, slams 'hostile' US

North Korea would bolster its defences against the United States and consider restarting "all temporally-suspended activities," state media KCNA reported Thursday, an apparent reference to a self-imposed moratorium on testing its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. Tension has been rising over a recent series of North Korean missile tests. A US push for fresh sanctions was followed by heated reaction from Pyongyang, raising the spectre of a return to the period of so-called "fire and fury" threats of 2017. Read More...

Biden sees Russia moving on Ukraine, sows doubt on Western response

US President Joe Biden predicted on Wednesday that Russia will make a move on Ukraine, saying Russia would pay dearly for a full-scale invasion but suggesting there could be a lower cost for a "minor incursion." Biden's comments at a White House news conference injected uncertainty into how the West would respond should Russian President Vladimir Putin order an invasion of Ukraine, prompting the White House later to seek to clarify what Biden meant. Read More...

US Supreme Court spurns Trump bid to keep Capitol attack records secret

The US Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of White House records sought by the Democratic-led congressional panel investigating last year's deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his supporters. Read More...

Damage in tsunami-hit Tonga hampering relief efforts

Significant damage was reported along the western coast of Tonga's main island and outer islands on Tuesday following a massive volcanic eruption and tsunami, but a closed airport and downed communications are hampering international relief efforts. The New Zealand High Commission reported the damage along the western coast of the main island of Tongatapu, where there are many vacation resorts, and the waterfront of the capital Nuku'alofa. Read More...

Petition seeks removal of US judge who fined elderly Bangladeshi cancer patient

More than some 160,000 people have signed an online petition on Change.org to remove Judge Alexis G Krot who lambasted a 72-year-old cancer patient for failing to clean his overgrown lawn. Bangladeshi American citizen Burhan Chowdhury told the judge during a virtual Michigan state court appearance over Zoom last week that he has had a difficult time maintaining his property in suburban Detroit since he was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. Read More...

Magnitude 5.6 Quake Hits Western Afghanistan, Killing More Than 20

An earthquake has rocked western Afghanistan, killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes. The magnitude-5.6 tremor shook the western province of Badghis, bordering Turkmenistan, on Monday afternoon local time, reducing brick homes to rubble, according to photos shared by local authorities. Read More...

Prince Harry appealing UK government's police protection decision

Prince Harry is appealing a decision barring him from paying for his own police protection when he and his family visit the United Kingdom. Harry filed a judicial review last September after the U.K. government dismissed his request to finance his own police protection on two different occasions, according to a statement from the prince’s legal spokesperson posted to Twitter by a Harper's Bazaar editor. The judicial review is just coming to light now following a leak in the British press, Reuters reported, citing Harry’s lawyers. Read More...