Singapore to shut schools as coronavirus cases rise

Singapore will shut most schools from Wednesday after the city-state reported the highest number of local COVID-19 infections in months, including several that were unlinked, according to authorities on Sunday.All primary, secondary and junior colleges will shift to full home-based learning from W

Philippines starts barring travelers from Oman, UAE as COVID-19 safety precaution

The Philippines has started barring the entry of travelers from Oman and the United Arab Emirates as part of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, particularly the COVID-19 variant from India. “All existing travel restrictions of passengers coming from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangl

Maldives arrests two over attack on ex-president

Maldives police have arrested two people over an assassination attempt on former president Mohamed Nasheed who has been taken off life support, officials and relatives said Saturday.The Indian Ocean island has called in international help to investigate Thursday’s bomb attack that left the d

Former Maldives president injured in explosion

An explosion in the Maldives capital Male on Thursday night injured former president and current Parliament Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, police said. The explosion occurred near Mr Nasheed's home in the Neeloafaru Magu neighbourhood. He was taken to ADK hospital to be treated for multiple injuries.

Parcel bomb attacks blow up five opposition figures in Myanmar

Blasts from at least one parcel bomb in Myanmar killed five people, including an ousted lawmaker and three police officers who had joined a civil disobedience movement opposing military rule, media reported. Since the elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was overthrown in a c

UN and Asean nations call for immediate access for Myanmar special envoy

The UN Security Council called on Friday for an immediate end to violence in Myanmar as stated in an Asean plan. Unanimous approval was given for a joint statement which had been modified for compromise with China and Russia. The plan, which also calls for the naming of an envoy from the Associa

31 killed in heavy clashes at Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border

Kyrgyzstan said at least 31 people were killed after heavy clashes at its disputed border with Tajikistan, as officials from the two ex-Soviet countries met Friday in a bid to defuse tensions.Clashes between communities over land and water along the pair’s long-contested border are regular o

Ethnic allies of Myanmar resistance capture government base

Ethnic Karen guerrillas said they captured a Myanmar army base Tuesday in what represents a morale-boosting action for those opposing the military’s takeover of the country’s civilian government in February. A spokesman for the Karen National Union, the minority’s main political

Thailand sets daily record of COVID-19 deaths for second day

Thailand on Sunday set a record for the daily number of COVID-19 deaths for the second consecutive day, just as authorities step up the response to a rapid third wave of infection after about a year of relative success slowing the novel coronavirus’ spread.The government reported 2,438 new c

Philippine coast guard holds drills in disputed South China Sea

The Philippine coast guard is conducting drills in the South China Sea which an official said Sunday were part of efforts to secure “our maritime jurisdiction” over the disputed waters.The exercises near the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island and China-controlled Scarborough Shoal come a

Myanmar coup: top general 'agrees that violence must stop'

South-East Asian leaders said on Saturday they had agreed on a plan with Myanmar's junta chief to end the crisis in the violence-hit nation, but he did not explicitly respond to demands to halt the killing of civilian protesters. "It's beyond our expectation," Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Y

Sri Lanka arrests Muslim leader over Easter attacks

Sri Lanka’s police arrested a top Muslim legislator Saturday in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks that killed 279 people, as pressure mounted to speed up the investigation.Detectives took Rishad Bathiudeen, leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Party (ACMP) and a former minister, into

ASEAN leaders to meet Myanmar coup leader amid killings

Southeast Asian leaders are to meet Myanmar’s top general and coup leader in an emergency summit in Indonesia Saturday, and are expected to press calls for an end to violence by security forces that has left hundreds of protesters dead as well as the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other pol

Thailand reports 1,390 new coronavirus infections, 3 new deaths

BANGKOK: Thailand reported 1,390 new coronavirus cases on Monday, slowing from six days of record highs, amid a third wave of infections in the Southeast Asian country.Three deaths were reported. The new cases took the total number of infections to 43,742, with 104 deaths.

Myanmar’s junta leader ‘confirmed’ to attend ASEAN meeting

Junta leader General Min Aung Hlaing is set to join Southeast Asian leaders at a special summit in Jakarta next week, the Thai foreign ministry said Saturday, in what will be the coup leader’s first official trip since the military deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Since the Februar

Philippines to ease some tough COVID-19 restrictions from Monday

Strict COVID-19 lockdowns in the Philippines capital and four adjacent provinces will be eased from April 12, a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte said on Sunday.Metro Manila and the provinces of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna and Cavite will be placed under a less restrictive community quarantine st

South Asia exceeds 15 million cases of COVID-19

A statistic published by "Reuters" agency showed that Coronavirus infections in South Asia exceeded 15 million on Saturday, in light of the increase in daily infections and the shortage of vaccines. In the South Asia region, which includes India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, the Maldives

Taiwan will fight ‘to the very last day’ if China attacks

Taiwan’s foreign minister on Wednesday said the island will defend itself “to the very last day” if attacked by China.Joseph Wu said China’s attempts at conciliation while engaging in military intimidation are sending “mixed signals” to the island’s reside