Singaporeans diet quality drops due to COVID-19

Singaporeans are known for their delicious street food, even UNESCO last year recognized it as an important intangible cultural heritage of humanity and described local hawkers as "markers of Singapore as a multicultural city-state." But that renowned local blend of Chinese, Indian and Malay cuis


Power outages hit Myanmar's biggest cities Yangon, Mandalay

Apower blackout hit Myanmar's main urban centers and far-flung towns Friday, including commercial hub Yangon and parts of the capital Naypyitaw, authorities and Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondents said. Yangon Electricity Supply Corporation reported a "temporary power outage in Yangon regio


Mayor of Philippine capital to seek presidency

The popular mayor of the Philippine capital said Wednesday he will run for president in next year’s elections, the latest aspirant in what is expected to be a crowded race to succeed the controversial Rodrigo Duterte.Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, a child scavenger before becoming an actor then e


Boxer Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippine president in 2022

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cozy relationship with China.Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his political allies during the nati


Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi returns to court but still ‘somewhat dizzy’

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi returned to court on Tuesday, a day after she did not appear because she was unwell, seeming relieved but saying she was still “somewhat dizzy,” her lawyer said.The health of 76-year-old Suu Kyi is closely watched in Myanmar, where she spent many years


Philippines to test localized coronavirus lockdowns in capital region

The Philippines’ capital region will exit wide-scale coronavirus restrictions from Thursday, as the government launches a pilot test of localized lockdowns, amid efforts to balance reopening the economy and containing the spread of the coronavirus.The localized lockdown would be accompanied


Vietnam’s biggest city to keep coronavirus curbs, flight resumption sought

Vietnam’s coronavirus outbreak epicenter Ho Chi Minh City will extend its restrictions, state media reported on Monday, as the capital Hanoi and several provinces sought an easing of curbs and the aviation authority proposed domestic flights resume.Ho Chi Minh City authorities said an extens


Taiwan is drenched from typhoon but saved from direct hit

Typhoon Chanthu unleashed powerful winds and heavy rain on eastern Taiwan Sunday, disrupting travel links and cutting electricity to some homes but sparing the island a direct hit. Downgraded from a super typhoon since its rapid formation last week, the outer edges of Chanthu pounded the eastern


Japan, Vietnam sign defense transfer deal amid China worries

 Japan can now give defense equipment and technology to Vietnam under an agreement signed Saturday, as the two countries step up their military cooperation amid worries about China’s growing military influence.Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said the deal elevates their defen


Fighting in Myanmar kills at least 15 after uprising call

Fifteen to 20 villagers, including several teenagers, have been killed in some of Myanmar’s deadliest fighting since July between government troops and resistance forces, a villager and reports by independent media said Friday.The fighting near Gangaw township in the northwestern Magway regi


Bangkok to reopen for vaccinated tourists in October

Thailand plans to reopen Bangkok to fully vaccinated visitors in October, officials said Friday, as the kingdom seeks to salvage a tourism industry hammered by the pandemic.Before covid, tourism made up a fifth of Thailand’s national income but severe travel curbs imposed to fight the virus


As Singapore Pauses Reopening, Experts Suggest 'Bolder' COVID-19 Strategy

Singapore is ramping up COVID-19 testing and has warned it would not rule out reimposing tighter curbs as infections rise - moves some experts see as too cautious for the vaccine frontrunner that is preparing to live with the virus here as an endemic disease. Strict surveillance and quarantine ha


Military-owned cell towers attacked in Myanmar amid rising opposition

After the self-proclaimed shadow government of Myanmar made a call for a "defensive war" against the junta, protesters have destroyed around a dozen military-owned communications towers, witnesses and reports said Wednesday. The country has been in chaos since the military seized power in Fe


Myanmar's shadow govt launches 'defensive war' against junta

Myanmar's shadow government, formed by opponents of its military rule, called for a revolt against the junta on Tuesday, setting out a strategy that included action by armed militias and ethnic forces, and urging bureaucrats to leave their posts. Duwa Lashi La, the acting president of the Nationa


Vietnamese man handed 5-year sentence for spreading COVID-19

AVietnamese man has been sentenced to five years in jail for spreading COVID-19 after he breached home quarantine rules. Le Van Tri was convicted of "spreading dangerous infectious diseases to other people" after he traveled to his home province Ca Mau from the coronavirus hot spot Ho Chi Minh Ci


Volunteers help poorest in Thailand ride out COVID-19 wave

As the coronavirus shutters businesses in Thailand, many are having to go without food, especially those living in camps; however, volunteers in the country are a ray of hope for those struggling to survive. For two months, carpenter Tun Nye hasn’t been able to send any money home to his pa


Myanmar's military agrees to ASEAN call for cease-fire

Myanmar's military rulers have agreed to an Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) call for a cease-fire until the end of the year to ensure distribution of humanitarian aid, Japan's Kyodo News agency said, citing the envoy of the Southeast Asian bloc to the crisis-torn nation. Following


Myanmar rebels kill over 20 govt soldiers near Chinese border

Myanmar ethnic rebels have killed at least 23 government soldiers in days of fighting near the Chinese border, a spokesperson for the group said Friday, in the latest clashes likely to worry powerful neighbor Beijing. The country has been in turmoil since a military coup in February, which sparke



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