Myanmar protesters vow to push on after army kills dozens in bloodiest day

Pro-democracy activists in Myanmar pledged on Thursday to hold more demonstrations after the UN said 38 people were killed in the most violent day of unrest since last month's military coup. Police and soldiers gave demonstrators little warning before firing live rounds on Wednesda


Myanmar youth defy lethal crackdown

Two days after Myanmar marked its bloodiest day in weeks of protests, thousands of residents returned to the streets on Tuesday in a massive show of force against the military rule. At least 18 were killed and dozens injured in the anti-coup demonstrations on Sunday after police opened


Philippines kicks off vaccination campaign

Filipino officials have expressed optimism that the country would gradually return to its progressive track in curbing the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the Philippines launched a nationwide vaccination program on Monday. “No one will be left behind,” said Carlito Ga


Myanmar’s Suu Kyu seen in court for first time since coup

Ousted Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced court on Monday via video link, being seen by her lawyer for the first time since a military coup one month ago triggered relentless and massive protests.Suu Kyi’s appearance came as demonstrators took to the streets again across the coun


Indian military sceptical of demilitarised zone on contested border with China

After the deadliest fighting in decades, India and China are setting up demilitarised areas along their Himalayan border – a move that has rankled some members of India’s security establishment. Soldiers from both countries will no longer patrol a nine-kilometre stretch of land o


Myanmar security forces disperse anti-coup protesters

Security forces in Myanmar’s largest city on Friday fired warning shots and beat truncheons against their shields while moving to disperse more than 1,000 anti-coup protesters.The demonstrators had gathered in front of a popular shopping mall in Yangon, holding placards and chanting slogans


Philippines to receive first COVID-19 vaccines, start inoculations next week

The Philippines will take delivery of its first COVID-19 vaccines at the weekend, allowing it to kick off its inoculation program from next week, a senior official said on Thursday.Despite having among the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Asia, the Philippines will be the last Sou


Pakistani, Indian militaries agree to stop firing in Kashmir

Rival neighbors Pakistan and India have pledged to stop firing weapons across the border in disputed Kashmir, promising to adhere to a 2003 accord that has been largely ignored, officials from both sides said on Thursday.If indeed implemented, the move would be a major step in defusing tensions in


Philippines to probe use of illegal COVID-19 vaccines

MANILA: The Philippines health ministry said on Wednesday it will investigate the illegal use of unauthorized COVID-19 vaccines, after a presidential adviser admitted to receiving shots of a Sinopharm vaccine smuggled into the country.Ramon Tulfo, a celebrity radio and television host and special


Philippines approves Sinovac coronavirus vaccine but not for all health workers

MANILA: The Philippines has approved Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use, but will not give it to health care workers at risk of exposure due to its varying levels of efficacy, its Food and Drugs Agency (FDA) said on Monday.Late-stage trial data of Sinovac’s vaccine sh


Virus kills 239 in one day in Philippines

 The Philippines’ Health Ministry on Saturday reported 239 new coronavirus deaths, the second-highest daily increase in casualties since the pandemic started, and 2,240 infections. The previous daily high death toll was 259 deaths reported on Sept. 14.The ministry said total confirmed


Thai PM survives no-confidence vote as protests planned

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and nine ministers survived a no-confidence motion in parliament on Saturday after a four-day censure debate, with protests calling for his ouster set to resume.“The vote shows that there is confidence,” said Chuan Leekpai, pre


Two killed in Myanmar city of Mandalay in another day of protests

Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police fired to disperse protesting opponents of a Feb. 1 military coup, emergency workers said.“Twenty people were injured and two are dead,” said Ko Aung, a leader of the Parahita Darhi volunteer emergenc


Myanmar junta targets striking workers as arrests near 500

  Arrests since the Myanmar coup were approaching 500 as the military junta pressed on with attempts to stymie nationwide opposition by using internet blockades and troop deployments. For a second day, some motorists in Yangon blockaded roads with vehicles, leaving their bonne


Myanmar protesters block railway line; U.N. warns against crackdown

Protesters opposed to Myanmar’s military coup blocked train services between Yangon and a southern city on Tuesday, hours after a U.N. envoy warned the army of “severe consequences” for any harsh response to the pro-democracy demonstrations. Despite the deployment of armoured ve


Thailand finds South African COVID-19 variant in quarantine

BANGKOK: Thailand reported 143 new coronavirus infections on Monday and in quarantine detected its first case of the highly contagious COVID-19 variant first found in South Africa, its coronavirus taskforce said.Two new deaths were reported, taking fatalities to 82, with overall cases at 24,714, t


Myanmar protesters block arrests as UN demands Suu Kyi's release

Opposition to Myanmar's new military regime intensified on Saturday as spontaneous neighbourhood watch groups mobilised to thwart arrests of anti-coup activists and the UN demanded the release of ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The army takeover that brought a decade-old democracy to an end last


Philippines to get China-donated COVID-19 vaccines this month for troops, medical staff

MANILA: The Philippines is set to receive 600,000 doses this month of Sinovac Biotech’s COVID-19 vaccine donated by China, a portion of which will be used to inoculate military personnel, a senior government official said on Thursday.Presidential spokesman Harry Roque told a regular news con




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