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Malaysia ditches law to combat forest fire smog

Malaysia was criticised Tuesday for abandoning plans to introduce legislation that would have punished its firms operating in neighbouring Indonesia if they are found...

Muslims begin downsized hajj amid pandemic

Mask-clad Muslim pilgrims on Wednesday began the annual hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during...

Virus-hit Iran warns against weddings and funerals

Tehran on Monday warned Iranians against holding wedding and funeral gatherings as the country’s novel coronavirus outbreak showed no signs of abating, claiming another...

AfDB approves $288 million virus loan to South Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) on Wednesday approved a $288 million (249 million euro) loan to South Africa to help fight coronavirus and mitigate...

Quarantine hotel sex scandal linked to coronavirus outbreak in Australian city...

Australian officials have launched a judicial inquiry amid allegations a fresh coronavirus outbreak in the state of Victoria was sparked by some contracted workers...

Coronavirus: Germany outbreak sparks fresh local lockdown

German authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia are bringing back local lockdown measures after a coronavirus outbreak linked to a meatpacking plant.   More than 1,500 employees of...

Philippine health minister under investigation over COVID-19 response

Philippines ombudsman on Wednesday said the health secretary was under investigation over allegations of lapses and incompetencies in response to the coronavirus outbreak.   Ombudsman Samuel...

Dozens killed as south China hit by floods and rainstorms

Floods and mudslides in south China have uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and left dozens dead or missing, state media reported Thursday. The bad...

Knife attack in Chinese primary school wounds 37 children, 2 adults

A knife-wielding attacker wounded 37 students and two adults at a Chinese primary school in on Thursday, officials said, with local media identifying a...

Britain closes embassy in North Korea, evacuates diplomats

Britain has shuttered its embassy in North Korea and all its diplomats have left the country, its ambassador said Thursday as Pyongyang maintains strict...

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