Malaysia reported 4,029 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the biggest daily increase recorded in the country since the start of the pandemic, bringing the total number of infections to 155,095. The health ministry also reported eight new deaths, taking the total number of fatalities to 594.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — Malaysia’s Covid-19 situation deteriorated drastically today, with the Health Ministry reporting a record high of 4,029 new cases detected in the past day. The number...
A top French general in West Africa has dismissed calls for his country to engage more in Central African Republic (CAR) after rebels earlier this week attempted to take the capital Bangui, saying that the situation was different to a rebellion in 2013. The Central African army has been battling groups backed by former president Francois Bozize that are seeking to overturn a Dec. 27 vote in which President Faustin-Archange Touadera was declared victor despite fraud claims. Russia and Rwanda have sent troops to back the government.
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Azerbaijan will begin vaccinating citizens against COVID-19 on Monday, using a batch of 4 million doses from China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd, the health ministry said on Saturday. "Medical workers will be vaccinated first, and then over-65s from Feb. 1," presidential aide Shahmar Movsumov added. The doses will be transported first to Turkey, he said, where they will be checked and packaged, before arriving in batches to Azerbaijan.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles into the Indian Ocean on the second day of a military exercise, state media reported. The drill, which comes in the waning days of high tensions with U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, was conducted in the country's central desert region. "One of our most important defence policy goals is to use long-range ballistic missiles against enemy warships, including aircraft carriers and warships," state media quoted Guards commander Major General Hossein Salami as saying.
KUCHING, Jan 16 — Sarawak will place 11 of its 12 divisions under the conditional movement control order (CMCO) for two weeks starting January 18 after it registered 69 more Covid-19 cases today,...
The Taliban welcomed the latest withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan with the insurgents' spokesman Saturday calling the continued reduction of American forces a "good advancement" even as fighting raged across the war-weary country.
China's recent COVID-19 outbreaks in the northeast have come from travelers entering the country or contaminated frozen food imports, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on Saturday. NHC Minister Ma Xiaowei made the comments at a government meeting, where he also said the virus was spreading to rural areas and that the handling of the recent situation had exposed how prevention and control measures had been relaxed. "Since Dec. 2020, epidemic clusters have occurred in Beijing, Sichuan, Liaoning, Hebei and Heilongjiang," a statement posted on the NHC's website said citing the briefing by Ma.
Centrist Armin Laschet and arch-conservative Friedrich Merz went into a final round of voting to lead Germany's Christian Democrats, the party of Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to the results of a party vote held on Saturday. Merz won the backing of 385 party delegates, closely followed by Laschet with 380 votes. The third candidate, foreign policy expert Norbert Roettgen, was eliminated with 224 votes.
Ukraine is considering resuming production of the Antonov-74 air cargo plane and supplying them to the country's armed forces, the government said on Saturday. The Soviet-designed An-74 is a light transport aircraft with jet engines capable of flying 4,600 km at a speed of 560 km per hour. Ukraine, the designer of the world's largest transport aircraft An-225, has all but stopped building planes in recent years due to a severe economic crisis and the severing of relations with Russia, where a significant part of the components was produced.
Armin Laschet was elected as the new leader of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrat party (CDU) on Saturday, signalling the start of an election campaign that will see the end of her 15 years in power. The 59-year-old Mr Laschet will hope to succeed Mrs Merkel as chancellor when she stand down following general elections in September. Mr Laschet defeated Friedrich Merz, a long-standing rival of Mrs Merkel, and Norbert Röttgen, a former environment minister, to win the leadership with the votes of 521 of the 1,0001 party delegates. It was a vote to stay on the course Mrs Merkel has set for the party. Mr Laschet pitched himself as the continuity candidate against the pro-business Mr Merz, who wanted to take the CDU back to what he saw as its conservative roots. "We'll only win if we stay strong in the middle of society," he said in his final pitch to delegates."We have to win, not because we want to win, but because we have to for our country, for our future." As regional leader of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, he had the most government experience of the candidates, but saw his standing damaged by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Although he failed to inspire during the campaign, he was the preferred candidate of the party establishment, and Mrs Merkel made her own backing clear in a speech on Friday when she said she wanted to see "a team" win -- Mr Laschest was the only candidate standing in a team, with Jens Spahn the popular health minister as his running mate. But Mr Laschet is not guaranteed a clear run at the chancellorship in September. German party leaders are not automatically candidates for chancellor and the CDU is not set to name its candidate until Easter. Waiting in the wings are Markus Söder, the leader of the CDU’s Bavarian sister party, and Mr Spahn, Mr Laschet's running mate. Both are considerably more popular with voters than Mr Laschet and both have both been on manouvres to secure the chancellor candidacy. But the CDU will be relieved the party leadership is finally settled. A new leader was supposed to have been elected last April, but the contest was twice delayed by the pandemic. In the end the party conference had to be held online, with delegates watching from their homes as the three candidates spoke in an empty television studio.
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Armed government-deployed forces in Uganda surrounded the home of opposition candidate Bobi Wine on Friday, as the disputed vote count continues in the country's presidential election. Wine showed Reuters around his compound in the capital Kampala, where several armed men were seen through a fence communicating via radios. Wine, who is challenging incumbent and long-time leader Yoweri Museveni, claims there's been widespread election fraud - and said on Friday he was now under siege. "I thought I should inform the world that our lives are in danger and should anything happen to us, at least we have had the opportunity while still alive to expose everything that is being plotted on our lives." A government spokesperson denied that Wine was under house arrest, saying security had been deployed in his neighbourhood for his own protection. Museveni, who has led Uganda for over three decades, took a commanding lead in the election on Friday. But Wine claimed at a news conference on Friday that he had won the vote, and had video proof of voting fraud. His claims have not been independently verified by Reuters. The United States and European Union did not deploy observers for this election, though the African Union and East African Community both did. But neither team has responded to request for comment about possible irregularities. This election campaign has been marred by deadly crackdowns by security forces on opposition candidates and their supporters, including the arrest of Wine and others on multiple occasions. Museveni's government had ordered an internet blackout until further notice ahead of the vote, and banned all social media and messaging apps. Museveni said that was in retaliation for Facebook taking down some pro-government accounts. And on Thursday, election commission chairman Simon Byabakama told Ugandans results were arriving at the national tallying centre despite the blackout, and that they were using their own system to transmit results, without giving details. Byabakama told a news conference that under Ugandan law, the burden of proof now rests with Wine to prove the results are rigged.