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Myanmar police raid protest district as World Bank halts some payments

Published On: February 26, 2021 09:26 AM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 26: Myanmar police launched a crackdown overnight in a Yangon district after breaking up a protest to oppose a military appointed local official, as the World Bank halted payments to projects in the country that were made after the Feb. 1 coup.

Australia lifts ban on Boeing 737 MAX, a first in Asia-Pacific region

Published On: February 26, 2021 09:18 AM NPT By: Reuters

SYDNEY, Feb 26: Australia’s aviation regulator said on Friday it would lift a near two-year ban on flights to and from the country that use the Boeing Co 737 MAX aircraft, making it the first nation in the Asia-Pacific region to do so.

U.S. carries out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militia facilities in Syria: Pentagon

Published On: February 26, 2021 07:39 AM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 26: U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed U.S. military airstrikes in eastern Syria against facilities belonging to what the Pentagon said were Iran-backed militia, in a calibrated response to recent rocket attacks against U.S. targets in Iraq.

India beat England inside two days as chaos reigns in day-night test

Published On: February 26, 2021 07:12 AM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Feb 26: India’s Axar Patel claimed an 11-wicket match haul as they beat England by 10 wickets inside two days in the day-night third test on Thursday, dashing the tourists’ hopes of making the final of the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) in June.

Google pledges changes to research oversight after internal revolt

Published On: February 25, 2021 06:07 PM NPT By: Reuters

CALIFORNIA, Feb 25:  Alphabet Inc’s Google will change procedures before July for reviewing its scientists’ work, according to a town hall recording heard by Reuters, part of an effort to quell internal tumult over the integrity of its artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Supporters of Myanmar coup attack rival in Yangon

Published On: February 25, 2021 04:56 PM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 25: Some armed with knives and clubs, others firing slingshot and throwing stones, supporters of Myanmar’s military attacked opponents of the coup in downtown Yangon on Thursday, while Southeast Asian governments groped for ways to end the crisis.

India and Pakistan agree to stop cross-border firing in Kashmir

Published On: February 25, 2021 02:32 PM NPT By: Reuters

NEW DELHI, Feb 25: India and Pakistan’s militaries said on Thursday that they had agreed to stop firing along their disputed border in Kashmir, where such gunfire has been frequent in recent months, often killing or maiming people living in the area.

China's Xi declares 'complete victory' in campaign to stamp out rural poverty

Published On: February 25, 2021 11:02 AM NPT By: Reuters

BEIJING, Feb 25: President Xi Jinping declared “complete victory” in China’s effort to eradicate rural poverty at a ceremony on Thursday in Beijing to celebrate what has been a signature initiative of his tenure.

Facebook bans Myanmar military from its platforms with immediate effect

Published On: February 25, 2021 10:26 AM NPT By: Reuters

SINGAPORE, Feb 25: Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as pro-democracy demonstrators continued to stage rallies to protest the military seizing power.

Ecuador raises death toll from prison riots to 79; police chief warns of new riot

Published On: February 25, 2021 09:17 AM NPT By: Reuters

QUITO, Feb 25: Ecuador on Wednesday raised the death toll from riots in four jails to 79, including 18 prisoners who were found dismembered at one site, one of the bloodiest outbreaks of prison violence in the country’s history.

Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule

Published On: February 25, 2021 08:57 AM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 25: Students and doctors in Myanmar plan to hold fresh protests on Thursday against military rule, as Washington expressed concern about Malaysia’s deportation of about 1,100 Myanmar nationals back to the strife-torn nation.

In boost for COVID-19 battle, Pfizer vaccine found 94% effective in real world

Published On: February 25, 2021 08:03 AM NPT By: Reuters

JERUSALEM, Feb 25: The first big real-world study of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to be independently reviewed shows the shot is highly effective at preventing COVID-19, in a potentially landmark moment for countries desperate to end lockdowns and reopen economies.

Suzuki Motor says 91-year-old chairman to retire

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:24 PM NPT By: Reuters

TOKYO, Feb 24: Suzuki Motor Corp’s 91-year old chairman, Osamu Suzuki, announced he will retire in June, stepping aside for a new leader to navigate the shift to electric cars and fight off competition from tech giants such as Tesla and Apple.

U.S. seeks to return to U.N. human rights body

Published On: February 24, 2021 04:15 PM NPT By: Reuters

GENEVA, Feb 24: The United States will seek election to the U.N. Human Rights Council later this year, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, marking the Biden administration’s latest international re-engagement.

Myanmar faces more protests as Indonesia pursues diplomatic efforts

Published On: February 24, 2021 09:30 AM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 24: Myanmar was set for more street protests on Wednesday against military rule as Indonesia sought to build momentum behind a diplomatic push involving other Southeast Asian countries to steer a path out of the crisis.

Facebook 'refriends' Australia after changes to media laws

Published On: February 23, 2021 02:24 PM NPT By: Reuters

CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms.

U.S. House budget panel approves $1.9 trillion COVID-19 aid bill

Published On: February 23, 2021 12:26 PM NPT By: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 23: The U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee on Monday approved legislation with $1.9 trillion in new coronavirus relief, advancing a top priority of President Joe Biden toward a full House vote on passage expected later this week.

Strike grips Myanmar, anti-coup protesters defy junta's lethal warning

Published On: February 22, 2021 04:50 PM NPT By: Reuters

MYANMAR, Feb 22: Myanmar police began to disperse pro-democracy protesters on Monday as businesses around the country shut in a general strike called to oppose the military coup despite a threat from authorities that confrontation could cost lives.

India's Maharashtra state imposes new COVID-19 lockdowns in some areas

Published On: February 22, 2021 12:52 PM NPT By: Reuters

MUMBAI, Feb 22: India’s western Maharashtra state, home to the country’s financial hub Mumbai, said on Sunday it would impose new coronavirus-related restrictions in four districts, amid concerns about a second wave and slow vaccine rollout.

China calls for reset in Sino-U.S. relations

Published On: February 22, 2021 11:53 AM NPT By: Reuters

BEIJING, Feb 22: Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Monday the United States and China could work together on issues like climate change and the coronavirus pandemic if they repaired their damaged bilateral relationship.