Intellasia East Asia News – U.S. postpones summit with ASEAN leaders amid coronavirus fears

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<!-- --> The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 due to worries about the coronavirus outbreak, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Friday. President Donald Trump had invited leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to...

Japan cherry blossom festivals cancelled as coronavirus fears grow, Asia News

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TOKYO - Major cherry blossom festivals in Japan have been cancelled due to the deadly new coronavirus, the latest in a growing list of events quashed as the epidemic spreads globally. The traditional spring celebrations in Tokyo and Osaka, which attract millions of people wanting to see the white and pink flowers, will not go ahead as planned in April. "We...

COVID-19: Mediacorp to deliver 5,000 care packages to healthcare workers

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SINGAPORE: Five thousand care packages containing items such as health supplements and masks will be delivered to 12 hospitals and polyclinics over the next two weeks, in an initiative by Singapore companies to show support for frontline workers fighting the coronavirus outbreak.More...

Taliban orders halt to attacks in Afghanistan ahead of US agreement

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KABUL: The Taliban ordered all its fighters "to refrain from any kind of attack" on Saturday (Feb 29) ahead of the signing of an agreement with the US diplomats aimed at bringing peace to Afghanistan.The agreement will set the timeline for the withdrawal...

Malaysia ‘Returns to Dark Ages’ with Racial Coalition Taking Power

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By: John Berthelsen and Murray HunterCapping one of the wildest weeks in Malaysian political history, it appears – for now -- that Muhyiddin Yassin, who became a political outcast on Monday for his part in a failed attempt to realign politics along racial lines, is now likely to become prime minister, probably putting an end to the aspirations...

Nepalese worker dies in Malaysia meat machine accident

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In this picture taken late July 11, 2017, belongings of foreign workers hang on a wall at a dormitory in Malaysia. Source: Manan VATSYAYANA / AFP ...

North Korea Cancels Festivals Held on Kim Jong Il’s Birthday Due to Coronavirus

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Two major national festivals that are held each year in Pyongyang on the late leader Kim Jong Il’s birthday on Feb. 16 were canceled this year due to fears of the possible spread of the novel coronavirus, RFA has learned. The birthday of the predecessor and father of current leader Kim Jong Un became a holiday when Kim Jong Il was in charge of the country....

Intellasia East Asia News – COVID-19: Singapore confirms 3 new cases including Raffles Institution student; total at 96

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<!-- --> The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (27 February) confirmed three new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Singapore, bringing the total to 96. Of these, two new cases, including a first-year student from Raffles Institution, are linked to previous cases. All three have not travelled recently to China, as well as the South Korean city of...