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Ai is a Journalism graduate at a state university in the Philippines who considers "writing" and "enlightening the blind" as her passion.

Myanmar detains Aung San Suu Kyi as military takes control

Myanmar’s military regained control of the country after detaining the de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi over claims of voter fraud. A report by Agence France-Presse quoting the leader of Suu Kyi’s party National League for Democracy (NLD) on Monday said that Suu Kyi...

Hundreds tried for treason in Cambodia

One hundred thirty-seven Cambodians are facing treason charges allegedly for plotting an attack against the government in 2019. A report by Al Jazeera on Thursday said that 60 of the 137 individuals have been tried on the same day while the remaining 77 will face...

Indonesia mass vaccination begins; younger generation first in line

Indonesia began with its mass vaccination program on Wednesday which focused on the younger working-age population and not the elderly. According to reports, Indonesian President Joko Widodo was one of the first to receive the two-dose vaccine manufactured by Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinovac Biotech Ltd.,...

Indonesia frees militant leader Abu Bakar Bashir

Indonesia freed from prison the spiritual leader of al-Qaeda-linked group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) after serving two-thirds of his 15-year sentence. Abu Bakar Bashir, 82, was released from Gunung Sindur prison in Bogor on the island of Java before dawn on Friday to prevent his supporters...

Filipino domestic worker found with new virus strain

Hong Kong health officials announced on Tuesday they have detected the new variant of the coronavirus disease in a passenger returning from Manila, sparking fears that the new strain may have already spread in the Southeast Asian country. Chuang Shuk-Kwan, who heads the Hong Kong...

Indonesia to vaccinate population starting next week

Indonesia is set to begin next week its mass vaccination program, with President Joko Widodo receiving the first jab, according to a report by Al Jazeera. According to Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin, the mass immunization program will begin on January 13 in Jakarta, to...

Philippines: no travel ban yet versus countries with new virus strain

The Philippine government was not keen on imposing a travel ban on other countries despite the more deadly strain of coronavirus, a Cabinet official said. In a televised meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte over the weekend, Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd said that he would...

Pharmaceutical sector buoys Singapore factory output

Singapore’s manufacturing industry rebounded last month, with the jump partly owed to the pharmaceutical sector which grasped opportunities during the global pandemic. According to a report by The Straits Times, the pharmaceutical sector rebounded along with the semiconductor industry, with the latter riding on the...

Indonesia launches $3-billion Patimban seaport

Indonesian President Joko Widodo inaugurated over the weekend the $3.07-billion Patimban seaport—one of the government’s priority infrastructure projects—paving the way for a boost in the Southeast Asian country’s economy. "I declare that Patimban Port is ready and can be used," the president was quoted as...

Philippines’ loan to ADB to reach $9.4 billion by 2023

The Philippine government’s loan to the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was expected to reach $9.4 billion over the next four years with funds sought to finance the country’s operations business plan. In an e-mailed statement on Wednesday, ADB said that at least two-thirds of the...

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