Philippines signs deal for 2.6m doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The Philippines on Friday signed a supply agreement for 2.6 million doses of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine to inoculate some 1.5 million Filipinos. The purchase deal for the experimental vaccine developed by the British pharmaceutical giant with the University of Oxfo


Thailand agrees transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

Thai officials say they have approved the transfer back to Tehran of three Iranians who were involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot.The acknowledgement from Thailand on Thursday came as a 33-year-old Australian academic was freed by Iran after she was imprisoned for more than two years on spying cha


Thai police to deploy thousands for royal protest

Thai police will deploy nearly 6,000 officers on Wednesday for a demonstration at the office that manages the royal fortune by protesters demanding that King Maha Vajiralongkorn give up personal control of the assets. Police said on Tuesday that no protesters would be allowed within 150 metres (4


Thailand PM says all laws to be used against pro-democracy protesters

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Thursday that all laws would be used against protesters who break them, as demonstrations escalate for his removal and for reforms to curb the powers of King Maha Vajiralongkorn.Activists voiced concern that this could mean the resumption of prosecutio


Australia, Japan to Bolster Defense Ties

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is in Japan to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Yoshihide Suga, to bolster defense ties between the two US allies to counter China's growing assertiveness in the Asia-Pacific region amid a transition in American leadership. The two countries are c


Thousands flee as Typhoon Vamco nears Vietnam

Thousands of people fled their homes in Vietnam Saturday as Typhoon Vamco barrelled toward central regions already pummelled by weeks of successive storms.Airports have been shut, beaches closed and a fishing ban put in place, as the country braces for winds of up to 100 kilometers (60 miles) per


India, China Close in on Plan to End Months of Military standoff

Seeking to end a dangerous military standoff in the western Himalayas, India and China are formulating a plan that involves creating no-patrol zones, pulling back tanks and artillery, and using drones to verify the withdrawal, Indian officials say. Tensions have run high since June, when at least


Philippines reports 108 more COVID-19 deaths, highest toll in over two weeks

The Philippines reported 108 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the highest daily death toll since Oct. 23, taking total fatalities to 7,647, the country’s health ministry said.The Department of Health also reported 2,058 new coronavirus infections, taking the total to 398,449, the second h


Philippines: 16 Dead, Thousands of Homes Damaged in Typhoon

At least 16 people were killed as Typhoon Goni lashed the Philippines over the weekend, and about 13,000 shanties and houses were damaged or swept away in the eastern island province that was first hit by the ferocious storm, officials said Monday. Goni blasted into Catanduanes province at dawn S


Four Dead as Typhoon Goni Batters Philippines

At least four people were killed as Typhoon Goni pounded the Philippines Sunday with authorities warning of "catastrophic" conditions in the hardest-hit regions where hundreds of thousands have fled their homes. The strongest typhoon of the year so far made landfall on Catanduanes Island before d


President Duterte aide names 5 government agencies in war on graft

A senior cabinet official on Wednesday revealed that state insurer Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and four other government agencies would be given top priority in the investigation over the emergence of massive graft and corruption in the bureaucracy which President Duterte


Two dead, 26 missing as Typhoon Molave slams into Vietnam

Two people were reported killed and 26 others missing as Typhoon Molave hit central Vietnam Wednesday, knocking down trees and tearing roofs off homes in some of the worst destruction seen in years.Authorities relocated around 375,000 people to safety, canceled hundreds of flights and closed schoo


Philippines reports 2,053 new coronavirus cases

The Philippines’ health ministry on Wednesday recorded 2,053 new coronavirus infections and 61 additional deaths.In a bulletin, the ministry said total confirmed infections have risen to 375,180 while deaths reached 7,114. The Philippines has the second most number of COVID-19 cases and deat


12 Fishermen Missing as Typhoon Molave Drenches Philippines

Searches were under way Monday for 12 fishermen in the Philippines as a typhoon swept across the archipelago, flooding low-lying areas and forcing thousands of people into emergency shelters. Packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers (80 miles) per hour, Typhoon Molave made landfall Sunda


Typhoon displaces thousands, floods villages in Philippines

 A fast-moving typhoon forced thousands of villagers to flee to safety in provinces south of the Philippine capital Monday, flooding rural villages and ripping off roofs, officials said. There were no immediate reports of casualties from Typhoon Molave, but authorities reported at least one


Sri Lanka shuts parliament after coronavirus case detected

Sri Lanka’s parliament was closed on Monday in order to disinfect the premises after a police officer at the complex tested positive for the coronavirus amid a new surge of the virus in the country.Parliament was closed for two days as a precautionary measure so the premises can be disinfect


Thai Protesters Plan Action after PM Ignores Deadline to Quit

Anti-government protesters in Thailand said on Saturday they would hold demonstrations on Sunday and Monday after Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha ignored their 10 pm (0300 GMT) deadline to resign. Asked by journalists whether he would stand down, Prayuth simply said “won’t quit&rdquo


Kyrgyzstan postpones presidential, parliamentary polls

Kyrgyzstan’s general assembly decided Thursday to delay presidential and parliamentary elections until after constitutional reforms. A draft law on the date for polls, which had the support of the current six political parties, sought to postpone the date of parliamentary elections until Ju




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