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Relatives in personal protective equipment (PPE) suits perform the last rites before the cremation of their loved one, who died due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, on the banks of the Ganges River in Garhmukteshwar on May 5, 2021.
Relatives in personal protective equipment (PPE) suits perform the last rites before the cremation of their loved one, who died due to the Covid-19 coronavirus, on the banks of the Ganges River in Garhmukteshwar on May 5, 2021. `
Global

Net installed across Ganges to catch India Covid-19 corpses

The discovery of 71 corpses in Bihar state stoked fears that the virus was raging unseen in India's vast rural hinterland where two-thirds of its people live.

11 hours ago
Business

Pipeline shutdown sparks fear of US gasoline shortage

While it remained unclear the degree to which supplies would be affected, drivers lined up to fill their tanks at gas stations in the southeast, with some carrying extra containers amid fears of fuel scarcity. 

15 hours ago
Global

India Covid deaths soar toll past 250,000

According to the health ministry, 4,205 people died in the past 24 hours -- a new record -- taking total fatalities to 254,197. 

16 hours ago

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Business

SoftBank Group logs record-high net profit for Japan firm in 2020

SoftBank Group broke the previous record of 2.49 trillion yen in net profit logged by Toyota Motor in fiscal 2017, according to data provided by Nomura Securities.

11 hours ago
Sports

Masters winner Matsuyama rusty after monthlong break

Matsuyama, who became the first player from Japan to win a men's major championship at the April 8-11 Masters, said Tuesday he enjoyed his time away from golf but that the priority now was working on his swing and making solid contact.

14 hours ago
Business

Pipeline shutdown sparks fear of US gasoline shortage

While it remained unclear the degree to which supplies would be affected, drivers lined up to fill their tanks at gas stations in the southeast, with some carrying extra containers amid fears of fuel scarcity. 

15 hours ago
Global

India Covid deaths soar toll past 250,000

According to the health ministry, 4,205 people died in the past 24 hours -- a new record -- taking total fatalities to 254,197. 

16 hours ago
National

Late incentives haunt medical workers deployed at COVID-19 frontlines 

Medical personnel working at makeshift hospitals commonly rely on these incentives as their sole income as they cannot work elsewhere.

1 day ago

politics

National

Indonesian police arrest Papuan separatist leader for suspected treason

Indonesian authorities have arrested Papuan separatist leader Victor Yeimo over accusations that he orchestrated some of the most serious civil unrest in decades that broke out in 2019, the National Police said on Monday.

2 days ago
National

Ma'ruf urges Quranic students to be changemakers

As the IIQ marked its 44th anniversary, the Vice President urged the institute's current and former students to use their Quranic knowledge to help develop the nation.

1 week ago

business

National

SoftBank Group logs record-high net profit for Japan firm in 2020

SoftBank Group broke the previous record of 2.49 trillion yen in net profit logged by Toyota Motor in fiscal 2017, according to data provided by Nomura Securities.

11 hours ago
National

Pipeline shutdown sparks fear of US gasoline shortage

While it remained unclear the degree to which supplies would be affected, drivers lined up to fill their tanks at gas stations in the southeast, with some carrying extra containers amid fears of fuel scarcity. 

15 hours ago
National

Nikkei logs sharpest fall in over 2 months on tech plunge, Asia falls

The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average ended down 909.75 points, or 3.08 percent, from Monday at 28,608.59. The index closed at the lowest since April 21 with the largest point drop since Feb. 26. The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange finished 46.35 points, or 2.37 percent, lower at 1,905.92.

1 day ago
National

Markets tumble in Asia as inflation fears haunt trading floors

All eyes are on the release this week of crucial data on US retail sales and consumer prices, with expectations for a sharp rise as the world's top economy reopens and vaccines allow people to return to a sense of normality.

1 day ago

world

National

Putin orders gun control review after school shooting: Kremlin

"The president gave an order to urgently work out a new provision concerning the types of weapons that can be in civilian hands, taking into account the weapon" used in the attack, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. 

1 day ago
National

Israel using 'unlawful' force in Jerusalem: Amnesty International

Israel on Tuesday firmly defended the conduct of its officers, insisting they have responded to violent Palestinian rioters with appropriate measures. 

1 day ago
National

Biden picks Rahm Emanuel for US ambassador to Japan

There had been speculation that Emanuel would become envoy to China, but that job is expected to go to former top US diplomat Nick Burns, the report said, citing multiple sources familiar with the Biden team's discussions. 

1 day ago
National

Japan launches first joint military drill with US, France

An Australian naval ship is also taking part in the week-long air, land and sea exercises involving 300 ground troops from the three countries.

1 day ago
National

Japan backs Taiwan's attendance at WHO annual meeting

"We have consistently argued at the WHO that there shouldn't be a geographical void in dealing with international health issues," Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato told a press conference.

1 day ago
National

Moscow rejects US ransomware attack claims

"We categorically reject the baseless fabrications of individual journalists and reiterate that Russia does not conduct 'malicious' activity in the virtual space," the Russian embassy in the United States said in a statement.

1 day ago

national

National

Risma ‘ready’ to face House scrutiny over removal of duplicate aid recipient data

Social Affairs Minister Tri “Risma” Rismaharini said she was ready to answer to the House of Representatives regarding the millions of duplicate data entries found in the ministry’s integrated social welfare data (DTKS) registry.

1 day ago
National

Seven killed in landslide at West Sumatra gold mine

Torrential rains triggered a landslide on Monday, inundating the mine with mud mixed with stones and debris in South Solok regency, West Sumatra, said the local emergency agency head Fikri.

1 day ago
National

Canadian deported from Bali for offering 'orgasmic' yoga class

Christopher Kyle Martin was deported from Indonesia on Sunday after he promoted online a "Tantric Full Body Orgasm" class for 20 euros ($24). The promotion went viral on Indonesia's social media, irking some conservative groups.

2 days ago

sport

National

Masters winner Matsuyama rusty after monthlong break

Matsuyama, who became the first player from Japan to win a men's major championship at the April 8-11 Masters, said Tuesday he enjoyed his time away from golf but that the priority now was working on his swing and making solid contact.

14 hours ago
National

Arteta says he expects changes at Arsenal next season

Arsenal were knocked out of the second-tier Europa League last week and are ninth in the Premier League ahead of their clash at third-placed Chelsea on Wednesday, facing the prospect of no European football for the first time in 25 years.

1 day ago
National

China turn to naturalised players to save World Cup hopes

China, who have big ambitions but are perennial underachievers ranked 77th in the world, began drafting in players born overseas in 2019 in a quick fix to reach the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

2 days ago
National

Indian cricket league 'can't happen' while coronavirus rages: Ganguly

The Indian Premier League was abruptly halted at the halfway stage last week after several players became infected. India is reporting nearly 4,000 deaths and about 400,000 new cases a day.

2 days ago
National

Amid opposition, Japan's Suga says has "never put Olympics first"

Japan has extended a state of emergency in Tokyo until the end of May and is struggling to contain a surge in COVID-19 cases, raising further questions about whether the Games should go on. Its vaccination rate is the lowest among wealthy nations.

2 days ago
National

Manchester United delay Man City's party, West Brom relegated

At the bottom, West Bromwich Albion's hopes of avoiding relegation were ended as they went down 3-1 at Arsenal while West Ham United's top-four hopes were dealt a blow.

2 days ago
National

Zidane bewildered by handball decision as Real title hopes slip

With the game poised at 1-1, Real's Eder Militao was penalised after a VAR review for touching the ball with his hand as he jumped to defend a cross.

2 days ago