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World Bank approves new financing to Cambodia for education improvement

The World Bank has approved new financing to help Cambodia improve equitable access to basic education, according to its press release on Wednesday.

Australia to rebate visa fees for int'l students, backpackers

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday said the government would rebate visa fees for international students and backpackers to support the workforce challenge amid surging Covid-19 cases nationwide.

Mongolia's daily Covid cases exceed 3,000

Mongolia recorded 3,088 new Covid-19 cases over the past 24 hours, exceeding the 3,000 mark for the first time since September 23 last year, bringing the national tally to 415,765, the country's health ministry said on Wednesday.

Malaysia reports 3,245 new Covid infections, 9 new deaths

Malaysia recorded 3,245 new Covid-19 infections over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 2,813,934, according to health ministry.

Indonesia's capital on high alert of 'upcoming battle' with Omicron

The administration of Indonesia's capital has called upon all residents in the city to be more cautious in the coming weeks amid predictions of a third wave of Covid-19 in the country.

Global Covid caseload tops 333.5 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 333.5 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.55 million and vaccinations to over 9.68 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Australia sees deadliest day amid Covid resurgence

Australia recorded its highest ever number of Covid-19 deaths on Tuesday, as the latest resurgence continued to push up the hospitalisation rates to record levels.

NZ prepares to send planes, ships, supplies to tsunami-hit Tonga

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from the massive undersea volcanic eruption and tsunami that occurred on January 15, senior government officials said on Tuesday.

Indonesian Prez inspects Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway

Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited the construction site of the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Railway (HSR) No. 2 Tunnel to inspect the construction progress.

UAE continues to be pioneer in climate action: Sheikh Mohammed

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) was and continues to be one of the pioneering countries in the fields of climate action, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, during the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) -- the global platform for accelerating sustainability hosted by Masdar.

UN, agencies prepare relief efforts following Tonga volcano eruption

The UN and its partner agencies are readying relief efforts for the remote South Pacific island nation of Tonga following the massive eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano on January 15 that triggered a tsunami, a spokesman of the world body said.

Global Covid caseload tops 330.2 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 330.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.54 million and vaccinations to over 9.64 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Portugal reports highest Covid hospitalisations since March 2021

Eighty people are currently hospitalised in Portugal due to Covid-19, bringing the country's total number to 1,813, the highest since March 3, 2021.

Talks between Moon, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince cancelled

The scheduled talks between visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan were cancelled due to an "unforeseen matter of state" of the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a senior Seoul official said.

Credit Suisse chief resigns after attending Wimbledon in breach of Covid rules

Antonio Horta-Osorio, Chairman of the global banking giant Credit Suisse, has resigned with immediate effect after he was reportedly found to have broken the UK's Covid-19 quarantine rules.

Global Covid caseload tops 327.7 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 327.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.53 million and vaccinations to over 9.62 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

US sees highest rate of children Covid hospitalisations

US pediatric hospitalisations related to Covid-19 are at the highest level since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest data of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Drought kills 62,585 animals in Tanzania

At least 62,585 animals have been killed by prolonged drought in Tanzania's northern district of Simanjiro, an official said.

HK extends anti-pandemic measures for 14 more days

The current anti-Covid pandemic measures in Hong Kong will be extended for 14 more days until February 3, the city's Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced.

Australia close to peak of Omicron wave: CMO

Australia's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Paul Kelly on Saturday said he was optimistic that the country's Omicron Covid-19 wave was close to its peak.

French health authority gives green light to Nuvaxovid vaccine

The French national authority of health has officially approved the Nuvaxovid vaccine for Covid-19.

Indonesia lifts entry ban for people from 14 nations

The Indonesian government has lifted the entry ban on visitors from 14 countries to restore the country's economy and boost the tourism sectort, the Covid-19 Task Force said.

Thailand tries to keep costs in check amid food, energy price hike

Thai authorities have been trying to contain the price hike of necessities and goods, especially fresh meat and food, amid efforts to alleviate people's cost of living.

Britain's GDP rises above pre-pandemic level for first time

The gross domestic product (GDP) in Britain is estimated to have grown by 0.9 per cent in November 2021, rising above its pre-Covid pandemic level in February 2020 for the first time by 0.7 per cent, the Office for National Statistics said.

Uganda to destroy over 400k doses of expired Covid vaccines

Uganda is set to destroy more than 400,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines after they expired before being administered, a senior official said.

Global Covid caseload tops 323.1 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 323.1 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.52 million and vaccinations to over 9.58 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Australian scientists find biological marker in long Covid patients

A team of researchers from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) and St Vincent's hospital Sydney have found clear biological marker in patients experiencing long Covid.

Hong Kong to suspend flight transits from over 100 countries, regions due to Omicron variant

The Airport Authority Hong Kong has said that Hong Kong will ban the transit of flight passengers from more than 100 countries and regions from Sunday until February 15 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

6.7-magnitude quake hits Indonesia, no tsunami alert issued

An earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit Indonesia on Friday, but there was no tsunami alert issued. The US Geological Survey said that an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.6 jolted 88 km SW of Labuan, Indonesia at 9.05 a.m.

Global Covid caseload tops 315.3 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 315.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.51 million and vaccinations to over 9.51 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Estimated 4.3 mn people in UK had Covid last week

An estimated 4.3 million people in private households across the UK had Covid-19 last week, up from 3.7 million in the previous week, setting a new record, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Samsung's chip biz faces minimal impact from Chinese city lockdown

The prolonged lockdown in the Chinese city of Xi'an will have minimal impact on the performance of Samsung Electronics, which has a chip fabrication complex there, analysts said on Wednesday.

S. Korea reports 4,388 more Covid-19 cases

South Korea reported 4,388 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, raising the total number of infections to 674,868.

Bangladesh declares marine protected area spanning 1,743 sq km

The government of Bangladesh has declared a new marine protected area (MPA) spanning 1,743 square kilometers (672 square miles) around Saint Martin's Island, a region which represents 1.5 per cent of the country's exclusive economic zone.

Global Covid caseload tops 313.3 mn

Amid an ongoing resurgence across the world, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 313.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.50 million and vaccinations to over 9.49 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Japan further extends strict entry ban

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Tuesday an entry ban on non-resident foreigners will be further extended until the end of February.

EU Parliament President David Sassoli dies

European Parliament President David Sassoli died aged 65 in Italy on Tuesday, his spokesperson said.

Covid vax rollout for kids in Aus starts well: Health official

Australian authorities welcomed a "fantastic" start to the coronavirus vaccine rollout for children on Tuesday as the country is still in a battle against the surging Covid-19 infections.

B'desh issues new anti-Covid measures

Amid a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases, Bangladesh has issued new restrictive measures which will come into effect from Thursday onwards.

New Dutch govt sworn in 299 days after election

Almost one year after the resignation of the previous government and 10 months after the last elections, the fourth cabinet of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte was sworn in by King Willem-Alexander.

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