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This handout from Thailand's Department of Corrections taken on May 9, 2021 and received on May 17, 2021 shows inmates who tested positive with the Covid-19 coronavirus being quarantined in a field hospital set up by the department in Bangkok, as the country continues to battle its latest surge in infections partly due to outbreaks in prisons.
This handout from Thailand's Department of Corrections taken on May 9, 2021 and received on May 17, 2021 shows inmates who tested positive with the Covid-19 coronavirus being quarantined in a field hospital set up by the department in Bangkok, as the country continues to battle its latest surge in infections partly due to outbreaks in prisons. `
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Thailand virus cases soar with prison clusters

The kingdom's Covid-19 task force reported 9,635 new cases, 6,853 of which were among prisoners.

16 hours ago
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Myanmar's 2020 election reflected people's will, monitoring group says

The Feb. 1 coup cut short a decade of tentative democratic reforms and led to the arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party had swept the Nov. 8 election.

21 hours ago
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At Miss Universe pageant, Myanmar's contestant pleads "our people are dying"

"Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day," she said in a video message for the competition, where she was appearing in the finals at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

23 hours ago

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Thailand virus cases soar with prison clusters

The kingdom's Covid-19 task force reported 9,635 new cases, 6,853 of which were among prisoners.

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Singapore warns new virus strains infecting more children, shuts schools

The government has been tightening restrictions following a recent rise in local transmissions after months of near-zero cases.

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UN General Assembly to consider call for Myanmar arms embargo

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20 hours ago
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Myanmar's 2020 election reflected people's will, monitoring group says

The Feb. 1 coup cut short a decade of tentative democratic reforms and led to the arrest of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, whose party had swept the Nov. 8 election.

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At Miss Universe pageant, Myanmar's contestant pleads "our people are dying"

"Our people are dying and being shot by the military every day," she said in a video message for the competition, where she was appearing in the finals at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

23 hours ago
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Singapore reports 38 new local COVID-19 cases, highest in months

Singapore has reported more than 61,000 virus cases, with the bulk linked to outbreaks in foreign worker dormitories, and 31 deaths. While none of Sunday's new cases are in the dormitories, they are the highest number of local infections outside of the dormitories in a year.

1 day ago
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Anti-coup militia says at least five dead in Myanmar clashes

The country has been in uproar since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup, triggering a massive uprising which authorities have sought to quell with lethal force. 

1 day ago
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ASEAN awaits the appointment of envoy to Myanmar

The slow deliberation process has again raised the question of the bloc’s commitment to dealing with the political aftermath of a military coup launched against the elected civilian government on Feb. 1, as the risk for regional instability looms large.

1 day ago
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Malaysia reports new daily record of 44 COVID-19 deaths

The health ministry said in a tweet that 4,140 new coronavirus cases were reported on Saturday, pushing the total past 466,000 with 1,866 deaths - the third highest infection rate in the region behind Indonesia and the Philippines.

2 days ago
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Malaysia, Indonesia urge UN Security Council to stop Israeli 'violence'

Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said that in a phone conversation with Indonesia's President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, both leaders agreed that Israel's "despicable actions" must be stopped immediately.

2 days ago
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Bangkok to ease some dining restrictions, offer vaccine to restaurant staff

Restaurants in dark red zones like Bangkok will be allowed to reopen for dine-in services but at a limited capacity of 25% and will have to close at 9 p.m. (1400 GMT), said Taweesin Wisanuyothin, a coronavirus taskforce spokesman. Restaurants in dark red zones, which have the highest risk of infection and the strictest restrictions, could previously only open for delivery.

2 days ago
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Japan to donate $4 milion in food aid for crisis-hit Myanmar

The aid, to be channeled through the UN World Food Program, is expected to cover delivery of food to about 600,000 impoverished people in Yangon, where food supplies have sharply deteriorated following the ouster of civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her democratically elected government.

2 days ago
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Duterte vows not to withdraw ships in South China Sea

In the prerecorded address, Duterte said the Philippines has two ships patrolling the seas near Thitu, an island of the Spratlys inhabited by a Filipino community of about 300 people.

3 days ago
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Singapore tightens virus curbs after infections spike

After a partial lockdown and a rigorous regime of testing and contact tracing, Covid-19 had almost disappeared in the city-state, with authorities reporting hardly any local transmission in recent months.

3 days ago
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US seizes shipment from Malaysia's Top Glove over forced labour concerns

In a statement, the US Customs and Border Protection said its officials at the Port of Kansas City seized 4.68 million latex gloves produced by a Top Glove unit in Malaysia with an estimated value of $690,000.

4 days ago
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Buddhist monks in Myanmar split on anti-junta movement

Myanmar's Buddhist monkhood led an earlier struggle against military rule but is split on the coup that ended the country's nascent democracy, with some prominent religious leaders defending the new junta.

4 days ago
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US returns $452 mn in 1MDB funds to Malaysia

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5 days ago
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Magnitude 5.8 quake hits south of Philippine capital, no damage expected

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5 days ago
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Suga opposes China's maritime actions in talks with Vietnam leader

Tokyo has serious concerns over "unilateral attempts to change the status quo in the East and South China seas," including Beijing's recent introduction of a law allowing its coast guard to use weapons against ships it views as intruding into its territory, the Foreign Ministry quoted Suga as telling Phuc.

6 days ago
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Thailand seeking 'humanitarian' solution for detained Myanmar journalists

The trio's employer -- the Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) -- and the Thai foreign correspondents' club urged the authorities not to deport them, warning their lives could be in danger if they returned to the coup-hit country.

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