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Algeria reports first coronavirus case from Italian citizen

Algeria has confirmed its first case of Covid-19, becoming the second African country to report the disease.The country’s minister of health Abderrahmane Benbouzid announced on state television on Tuesday evening that an Italian national who arrived in the North African country on February 17 tested positive for the virus, which causes a disease known as…

The Philippines’ ABS-CBN network is again fighting to survive, 34 years after liberation from Marcos

On February 24, 1986, rebel soldiers liberated the Philippines’ ABS-CBN Corporation from the brutal control of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship. Now, 34 years later, Southeast Asia’s oldest private TV and radio network once again faces a threat to its existence.Owned by the powerful Lopez family, the network was shut down and turned into a state…

Mahathir, Anwar, the king: who are the key players in Malaysia’s political shake-up?

Few countries do political roller-coaster rides like Malaysia.Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s shock resignation and subsequent reappointment by the king as interim premier has intrigued citizens and global observers alike.With all signs pointing to the 94-year-old Mahathir retaining power – with a strengthened hand – under a newly configured government, plaudits have been pouring in from…

Democrat debate clash: rivals round on Sanders, Bloomberg faces China questions

Democratic White House hopefuls rounded on leftist front-runner Bernie Sanders at a feisty debate on Tuesday, attacking him as too extreme for American voters and a weak challenger to President Donald Trump.Joe Biden, who needs a victory in South Carolina’s crucial primary on Saturday to keep his campaign alive, hit Sanders as soft on gun…

In Indian capital, 20 people killed and 189 injured during clashes between Hindus and Muslims

Hindus carrying pickaxes and iron rods hurled rocks at Muslims protesting a new citizenship law on Tuesday on a second day of deadly clashes that cast a shadow over US President Donald Trump’s visit to India. Officials have reported 20 casualties and at least 189 people injured.After his talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Trump…

Indonesia’s ‘family resilience’ push by lawmakers ridiculed by women and activists

Indonesia this month has seen a host of attempts by lawmakers and leaders to marginalise or otherwise humiliate women, ranging from proposed legislation banning married women from holding jobs to an Islamic decree requiring “rich” Indonesians to marry “poor” Indonesians. The senior government minister who proposed the decree on marriage said it could be a…

Hong Kong budget to hit record deficit of HK$139 billion with relief measures of HK$10,000 per individual and full loan backing for small firms, up to HK$2 million

Hong Kong permanent residents aged 18 and above will each receive a cash handout of HK$10,000 (US$1,200) in a HK$120 billion (US$15 billion) relief deal rolled out by the government to ease the burden on individuals and companies, while saving jobs.Financial Secretary Paul Chan Mo-po confirmed an earlier Post report when he unveiled the payment…

Arctic ‘doomsday vault’ stocks up in case of global catastrophe

A “doomsday vault” nestled deep in the Arctic received 60,000 new seed samples on Tuesday, including Prince Charles’ cowslips and Cherokee sacred corn, increasing stocks of the world’s agricultural bounty in case of global catastrophe.Mounting concern over climate change and species loss is driving groups worldwide to add their seeds to the collection inside a…

Coronavirus: Hong Kong may have first child case as mainland numbers fall with 406 new infections

The spread of the coronavirus outbreak has widened with more European nations hit and the number of infections in South Korea surging to more than 1,000, while China has reported another drop in cases, with 406 new daily infections, as of Tuesday.China’s National Health Commission said there were also 52 new deaths, all of them…