New Zealand’s Borders Fully Open After Long Pandemic Closure

New Zealand’s borders fully reopened to visitors from around the world on Monday, for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic closed them in March 2020. New Zealand’s borders started reopening in February, first for New Zealanders, and restrictions have progressively eased. The process of reopening the borders ended Sunday night with visitors who need […]

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Japanese Video Journalist Detained at Myanmar Protest March

A Japanese video journalist has been detained by security forces in Myanmar while covering a protest of military rule in the country’s largest city, pro-democracy activists said Sunday. Toru Kubota, a Tokyo-based documentary filmmaker, was arrested on Saturday by plainclothes police after a flash protest in Yangon, according to Typ Fone, a leader of the […]

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Indonesia Blocks Yahoo, Paypal, Dota For Failing To Register For Licensing

JAKARTA– The Indonesian government has blocked the access to eight major online platforms, including Yahoo, PayPal, and Dota, as they have failed to register for licensing, an official said yesterday.   Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, director general of informatics application, at the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, said in a written statement that, five others […]

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UNESCO Heritage Site Damaged In Philippines’ Quake

MANILA– With its cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages, Vigan City, capital of Ilocos Sur province, and approximately 350 km north of Manila, is the best-preserved Spanish-style city in the Philippines.   “While the public buildings, the cathedral, and even private ancestral homes are of Spanish-influenced design, a closer inspection reveals Chinese, Mexican, and Filipino influences,” […]

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Singapore Reported 6,558 New COVID-19 Cases

SINGAPORE, Jul 31 (NNN-CNA) – Singapore reported 6,558 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the total tally to 1,708,950.   Of the new cases, 586 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, and 5,972 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.   Among the PCR […]

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Philippines Logged 3,996 New COVID-19 Cases

MANILA– The Philippines reported 3,996 new COVID-19 infections yesterday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,772,468.   The Department of Health (DOH) said, the number of active cases rose to 33,509. One more patient died from COVID-19 complications, taking the coronavirus death toll to 60,719.   The DOH has categorised […]

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Malaysia Reported 4,271 New COVID-19 Infections, Four New Deaths

KUALA LUMPUR– Malaysia reported 4,271 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight, bringing the national total to 4,677,270, according to the health ministry.   There are three new imported cases, with 4,268 cases being local transmissions, data released on the ministry’s website showed.   Four more deaths were reported, pushing the death toll to 35,960.   […]

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