SARS-CoV-2 virus present in France since November 2019

PARIS: The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 or SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) disease was found to be circulating in France since November 2019, a new study by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) has revealed. The first case of Covid-19 infection, or patient zero, was identified… Read More SARS-CoV-2 virus present in France since November 2019

Myanmar junta releases over 23K prisoners

YANGON, Myanmar: Myanmar began releasing tens of thousands of inmates Friday after an amnesty was announced, the first such release under the new military junta. The National Administrative Council (NAC), chaired by the coup leader and country’s military chief Sen. Gen Min Aung Hlaing, announced that the amnesty of 23,314 prisoners was extended on humanitarian… Read More Myanmar junta releases over 23K prisoners

US secures deals for 200M more vaccines Biden promised

WASHINGTON: The US has finalized agreements to secure 200 million more coronavirus vaccine doses, President Joe Biden announced Thursday. The announcement fulfills a pledge the president made in January to buy 100 million more doses each of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s vaccine. The purchase increases the US vaccine supply by 50%, allowing roughly 300 million people,… Read More US secures deals for 200M more vaccines Biden promised

Trump impeachment team seeks to obscure blame for riot

WASHINGTON: Lawyers representing former president Donald Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial sought Friday to obscure any blame their client may have for the fatal January 6 assault on the US Capitol. Making its sole arguments in the case, Trump’s team launched salvos at the team of Democratic House managers who laid out their… Read More Trump impeachment team seeks to obscure blame for riot

Thousands rally in Myanmar against military coup

YANGON, Myanmar: Tens of thousands of demonstrators, mostly young people, staged four separate rallies against the military coup in Myanmar on Sunday amid tight security and roadblocks on the major street of Yangon, the country’s largest city. The police in Yangon are struggling to block the protesters who are marching to Sule Pagoda, the center… Read More Thousands rally in Myanmar against military coup

Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism

ANKARA: The world’s richest countries would do well to hurry in supplying and distributing vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as failing to do so would eventually harm their economies more severely than projected by earlier studies, experts say. As the world tries to free itself from the Covid-19 pandemic, the issue of making vaccines universally… Read More Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism

Maguindanao town officials turn in 12 loose firearms to Army

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: Local officials of Datu Montawal town in Maguindanao turned over a dozen assorted firearms to the Army here on Thursday. Brig. Gen. Roberto Capulong, Army’s 602nd Infantry Brigade commander, accepted the firearms during a ceremony held at the town’s Sangguniang Bayan session hall. Datu Montawal Mayor Ohto Montawal led the hand over… Read More Maguindanao town officials turn in 12 loose firearms to Army

Female drug suspect arrested, P136-K shabu seized

COTABATO CITY: Anti-narcotics agents arrested a female drug suspect and seized some PHP136,000 worth of shabu during a buy-bust here Thursday. In a statement, Director Juvenal Azurin of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency – Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, identified the suspect as Joan Alon Abdullah, 30, of Calle 4, Barangay Rosary Height Mother.“The… Read More Female drug suspect arrested, P136-K shabu seized

Army foils terror plot by BIFF in Maguindanao

CAMP SIONGCO, Maguindanao: Army troopers foiled Thursday an attempt by the Daesh-inspired Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) to launch an attack against military and police installations in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. Lt. Col. Charlie Banaag, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Battalion (6IB), said BIFF terrorists have plotted to launch simultaneous harassments against military and police… Read More Army foils terror plot by BIFF in Maguindanao

Development programs eyed for BARMM’s youth

COTABATO CITY: Youth leaders in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) are eyeing development programs for the region that would benefit young constituents. This came as newly-appointed commissioners of the Bangsamoro Youth Commission (BYC) gathered on Wednesday afternoon at the BARMM center here to discuss programs towards youth development in the region. The… Read More Development programs eyed for BARMM’s youth