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Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir released from prison

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

Indonesia's top terrorist convict Abu Bakar Bashir, the spiritual leader of South-east Asia's terrorist group Jemaah Islamiah (JI), was released from prison early yesterday.

China seals off two cities to suppress new outbreak

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

BEIJING • China has sealed off two cities south of Beijing, cutting transport links and banning millions of residents from leaving, as the authorities move to stem the country's largest Covid-19 outbreak in six months.

Sinovac drug 78% effective in Brazil trial; experts say more details needed

January 09, 2021 5:00 AM

SAO PAULO • A coronavirus vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech was 78 per cent effective in a late-stage Brazilian trial, with no severe Covid-19 cases, researchers said, although a lack of data details stirred calls for more transparency.

Outrage over adopted girl's death, S. Korea police chief apologises

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

SEOUL • South Korea's police chief has apologised amid an outpouring of grief and anger over the death of an adopted child in a country with a long history of adoption, both domestically and abroad.

Rising cases too in other prefectures in Japan

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

TOKYO • The leaders of Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo prefectures in western Japan said yesterday they saw a need for a state of emergency amid rising Covid-19 numbers.

Concerns as Malaysia schools set to reopen

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

Eleven-year-old Hakim has not gone to school since it was closed in October last year after a third wave of Covid-19 hit Malaysia.

Beijing records coldest morning in more than five decades

January 08, 2021 5:00 AM

BEIJING • The mercury dipped to minus 19.6 deg C at a meteorological station in the south of Beijing as a strong cold wave swept the city, marking the coldest morning in the Chinese capital since 1966.

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