OVER 23,000 PRISONERS REMITTED SENTENCES IN MYANMAR IN NEW YEAR AMNESTY

Sat 17 April 2021: Myanmar’s State Administration Council remitted sentences of a total of 23,184 prisoners on Saturday, the first day of Myanmar Calendar New Year. According to the council’s orders, 23,047 Myanmar national prisoners and 137 foreign prisoners are remitted sentences to mark Myanmar’s traditional new year and on humanitarian ground as well as […]

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PM MODI: KUMBH MELA “SHOULD NOW ONLY BE SYMBOLIC” AS INDIA RECORDS OVER 234,000 NEW COVID CASES

Sat 17 April 2021: India on Saturday recorded a new high of more than 234,000 daily coronavirus cases, according to Health Ministry figures.  The figures show 234,692 cases were registered, which pushed the total to 14.5 million. There were 1,341 new deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 175,649. Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning […]

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ITALY TO WITHDRAW TROOPS FROM AFGHANISTAN IN COMING DAYS – DEFENSE MINISTER GUERINI

Fri 16 April 2021: The withdrawal of the Italian contingent from Afghanistan will begin in the coming days, Italian Defense Minister Lorenzo Guerini said on Friday. “A few days ago, together with the Atlantic Alliance [NATO], we decided to complete a mission of many years in Afghanistan. The return of 800 Italian servicemen deployed to […]

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CHINESE POLICE BUST FIRST CRYPTOCURRENCY-BASED ONLINE GAMBLING RING

Fri 16 April 2021: The police in Yancheng in eastern China’s Jiangsu province have raided an online service for gambling illegal in the country which accepts cryptocurrencies as payment, the local police department said on Friday. According to a statement from the Yancheng police, the online gambling service is based on an app called “Biggame,” […]

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PAKISTAN BLOCKS SOCIAL MEDIA IN CRACKDOWN ON VIOLENT PROTESTERS

Fri 16 April 2021: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority blocked social media sites for four hours in Pakistan Friday morning, Samaa TV reported A temporary ban has been imposed on Facebook, Google, Twitter, Telegram, Tiktok, WhatsApp, and YouTube. They will resume working at 3pm. In a brief statement, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority announced “complete access to social […]

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PRESSURE MOUNTS ON JAPAN OVER PLAN TO DUMP FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANT WASTEWATER

Thu 15 April 2021: Japan’s decision to release “treated” radioactive water from its Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea in two years has triggered calls for an international tribunal over the issue. South Korean President Moon Jae-in told new Japanese ambassador Koichi Aiboshi in Seoul on Wednesday that there is great concern among South Koreans, […]

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“THE SITUATION IS HORRIBLE”: INDIA RECORDS MORE THAN 200,000 DAILY COVID-19 CASES

Thu 15 April 2021: India has reported a record 200,000 new daily COVID-19 cases, with the financial hub of Mumbai going into lockdown and hospitals treating coronavirus patients reporting severe shortages of beds and oxygen supplies. According to figures released Thursday by the Health Ministry, a total of 206,793 cases were registered, which pushed the country’s total […]

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NATO ALLIES DECIDE TO START WITHDRAWAL OF FORCES FROM AFGHANISTAN

Thu 15 April 2021: NATO will begin to withdraw all member state forces from Afghanistan by May 1, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.  The “orderly, coordinated and deliberate” drawdown will be completed “within a few months,” Stoltenberg said at the conclusion of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers meeting in Brussels. “We are united […]

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