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Singapore eases monetary policy as COVID-19 slams economy

Singapore's central bank eased monetary policy Monday as the city-state, seen as a bellwether for the health of global trade, heads for a deep recession due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/30 20:13:40

Tokyo Olympics will start July 23, 2021: NHK

The Tokyo Olympics will start July 23, 2021, NHK reported citing sources within the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Source: People's Daily | 2020/3/30 18:42:03

DPRK conducts test-firing of super-large multiple rocket launchers

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) successfully test-fired super-large multiple rocket launchers on Sunday, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday morning.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/30 15:05:57

Take the long way home - India's migrant laborers struggle to survive under 21-day lockdown

As India began a 21-day lockdown across the country in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, thousands of laborers including women and children are desperately trying to return home.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/30 14:47:52

8 killed in small aircraft crash at Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport in Philippines: media

8 killed in small aircraft crash at Ninoy Aquino Int'l Airport in Philippines: media
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/29 21:22:32

China to send more aid to Japan; netizens suggest Tokyo lockdown amid Sakura season

The Chinese government will provide a second batch of medical aid to Japan where COVID-19 infection is feared to increase steadily, amid medical materials shortage in Japan and some voices suggesting Tokyo impose a temporary lockdown like that of Wuhan despite its Sakura blossom tourism season.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/29 20:19:40

Australian domestic abuse cases surge during shutdown of services

Australia on Sunday announced a nearly $100 million boost in funding to tackle domestic violence after support services reported a spike in coronavirus-related family abuse.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/29 18:28:40

India's outsourcing industry struggles to work from home

As the coronavirus pandemic pushes India into a lockdown, the call centers and IT services firms that function as the world's back office are struggling to piece together work-from-home solutions and other business-continuity plans.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/26 21:18:40

Singapore's GDP contracts sharply – a warning for virus-hit global economy

Singapore's economy suffered its biggest contraction since the financial crisis during the first quarter as the coronavirus pandemic escalated, data showed on Thursday, an ominous sign of the devastation being inflicted on the global economy.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 21:03:41

Russian decree gounds flights; closes borders to foreigners

Russia halted all international flights from midnight on Friday under a government decree listing new measures against the coronavirus outbreak.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 20:53:40

New Zealand mosque shooter pleads guilty before trial

An Australian far-right extremist charged with murdering 51 Muslim worshippers in 2019's mass shooting at two New Zealand mosques unexpectedly flipped his plea to guilty on Thursday.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/26 18:18:40

Leave now: Australia tells cruise ships to depart as coronavirus cases rise

Two cruise ships were ordered to leave Australian waters on Thursday, after a liner that docked in Sydney Harbour last week became the primary source of infection for the country's coronavirus outbreak.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/26 17:33:41

South Korea sex blackmailer named

South Korean police took the unusual step of publicly identifying the 24-year-old accused leader of an online sexual blackmail ring after the case led to a national outcry in a country still focused on battling a coronavirus outbreak.
Source: Reuters | 2020/3/25 18:33:40

China to continue supporting Japan to 'host successful Olympics': expert

Japan has decided to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but an expert said that China will always support Japan in “successfully hosting the event,” and the two countries' exchanges in sports have played a positive role in promoting bilateral relations.
Source: Global Times | 2020/3/25 18:28:40

Indian PM Modi announces 21-day lockdown from midnight to fight COVID-19

In a bid to fight against COVID-19, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a countrywide lockdown for 21 days, beginning Tuesday night at 24:00 hours.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/24 22:55:34

Abe says Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics

Abe says Japan, IOC agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics
Source: Xinhua | 2020/3/24 19:31:16

Washing hands a luxury in Yemen

Hand-washing to combat the spread of coronavirus is the order of the day, but it is an unaffordable luxury for millions in war-ravaged Yemen where clean water is dangerously scarce.
Source: AFP | 2020/3/24 18:58:40