Myanmar set for more protests, as Indonesia steps up diplomacy

Myanmar is set for more protests against military rule on Wednesday, as Indonesia sought to build a diplomatic coalition among other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the political crisis. This week saw huge rallies on Monday and a general strike to denounce the military’s February 1 coup and demand the release […]

Guineans sceptical as gov’t steps up fight against Ebola

Gouecke, Guinea – Guinean authorities are in a race against time to limit the spread of an Ebola outbreak after several infections of the deadly disease were detected in the country’s far southern region last week. The West African country declared an Ebola epidemic on February 14, two weeks after the sick attended the funeral […]

China’s ‘No 1 document’: Beijing steps up focus on food security

China points to ‘instability of the external situation’ in latest rural policy blueprint, urges boost in domestic seed supplies. China will put greater pressure on its regions to boost grain yields and step up support for its domestic seed industry as it strengthens its focus on food security after the COVID-19 pandemic, a key policy […]

Huge rallies in Myanmar for ninth day as army steps up arrests

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Myanmar’s big cities for a ninth day of anti-coup demonstrations, as the country’s new military rulers rolled back laws protecting freedom and stepped up the arrests of politicians and activists. Engineering students marched through downtown Yangon, Myanmar’s biggest city, on Sunday, wearing white and […]

What next as Israel steps up attacks on Iranian forces in Syria?

While Israel has worked to counter Iran’s efforts to extend its influence in Syria for a decade, recent developments indicate an increased push to eradicate the Iranian presence, raising questions about what comes next. Israel’s latest wave of attacks on January 12 in eastern Syria was broad and precise. A total of 18 positions – […]

Navalny allies plan fresh protests as Russia steps up crackdown

Supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny are preparing for a fresh round of anti-government protests on Sunday, despite a police crackdown on the Russian opposition and strong warnings against participating in the demonstrations. Navalny aides called for the new nationwide rallies to demand the opposition leader’s release from jail where he is awaiting trial, […]

India steps up security after blast near Israeli Embassy

WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden’s plan to work to reopen the Palestinians’ diplomatic mission in Washington could be held up over a law that exposes Palestinian officials to US anti-terror lawsuits, officials and advisers to the Palestinians say.The Biden administration hopes to repair relations with the Palestinians after a sharp deterioration under former President Donald […]

Iran rejects reversing nuclear steps before US lifts sanctions

Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran could reverse breaches of nuclear deal once US sanctions are removed. Iran will not accept demands by the United States that it reverses acceleration of its nuclear programme before Washington lifts sanctions, foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. The demand “is not practical and will not happen”, he […]

Joe Biden takes steps to widen Americans’ access to healthcare

United States President Joe Biden is expected to take steps on Thursday to get more Americans health insurance in the middle of the raging coronavirus pandemic, following up on his campaign pledge to push the country towards coverage for all and to support women’s reproductive rights. The White House said Biden would sign an executive […]

Estonia’s Prime Minister Steps Down Under a Cloud

MOSCOW — The prime minister of Estonia resigned on Wednesday, his coalition government of centrists and far-right populists engulfed by a corruption scandal over misuse of state loans intended for coronavirus pandemic relief. The departure of the prime minister, Juri Ratas, signaled an unusual bout of political turbulence in a country that joined the European […]

‘Complete mess’: Ghana army steps in to quell parliament clash

Chaotic scenes erupted after the governing party deputy tried to seize the ballot box during the vote for parliament speaker. Ghanaian soldiers intervened overnight to quell a clash between opposing parties in parliament ahead of the body’s swearing-in set for Thursday, witnesses said. Chaotic scenes erupted after a governing party deputy tried to seize the […]

South Korea steps up virus vaccine efforts as new strain found

Government is facing criticism over its vaccine programme, which is seen as being too slow. South Korean officials will speed up efforts to launch a public coronavirus vaccination programme as the country on Monday revealed it had detected its first cases of the virus variant linked to the rapid rise in cases in Britain. The […]

Malaysia steps up COVID vaccine plans with AstraZeneca deal

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says government also in final stages of vaccine negotiations with Russia and China. Malaysia has signed an agreement to buy 6.4 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine and is in negotiations with China and Russia to secure more vaccine supplies, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a video address on Tuesday, […]