Aid Agencies Brace for Cyclone in Madagascar

GENEVA — U.N. and international aid agencies are making preparations to assist thousands of people in Madagascar ahead of a powerful cyclone that is expected to make landfall on the east coast Saturday. Two weeks after Tropical Storm Ana struck Madagascar, meteorologists are predicting a more powerful storm will strike the Indian Ocean Island nation. Clare […]

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US COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 900,000

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 passed the 900,000-mark Friday, a tally President Joe Biden described in a statement as a “tragic milestone” fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus. Biden said the victims were “beloved mothers and fathers, grandparents, children, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends,” and urged vaccinations for all […]

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Philippines Walks Back Ban on Unvaccinated Travelers on Public Transportation

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The Philippines has suspended a heavily criticized policy banning the unvaccinated from public transportation in Metro Manila as a COVID-19 surge, caused by omicron variant, has subsided. Daily cases in the Philippines rose from 400 in December to more than 39,000 in just a matter of days. The positivity rate, or percentage of […]

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Myanmar Political Inmates Stage Hunger Strike Against Junta

Dozens of political detainees in Myanmar’s notorious Insein Prison in Yangon have staged a hunger strike over the past four days to peacefully object to junta rule, sources said Friday, marking the third such protest since the military seized power just over a year ago. An attorney who spoke on condition of anonymity told RFA’s […]

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Malaysia Reports 7,234 New COVID-19 Infections, 11 New Deaths

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia reported 7,234 new COVID-19 cases, as of midnight, bringing the national total infections to 2,895,014, according to the health ministry. There are 234 new imported cases and 7,000 local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed. A further 11 deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 32,011. The ministry […]

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