Body of Reuters photographer was mutilated in Taleban custody, officials say

Body of Reuters photographer was mutilated in Taleban custody, officials say

NEW DELHI (NYTIMES) – The body of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist who was killed in Afghanistan this month, was badly mutilated while in the custody of the Taleban, officials said this past week. The revelation comes amid concern that the fighting in Afghanistan, where the Taleban have carried out an aggressive military offensive since the United States withdrew nearly all its troops, has become increasingly brutal as…
Two executives of Hua Hin pub blamed for COVID-19 cluster get 3 months in prison

Two executives of Hua Hin pub blamed for COVID-19 cluster get 3 months in prison

Two executives of the Maya pub, in Thailand’s Hua Hin resort town, which was the epicenter of cluster of over 1,000 COVID-19 infections following an illegal concert held there in March, have been sentenced to three months in prison without suspension by the Prachuap Khiri Khan provincial court, said the provincial governor, Mr. Pallop Sinhaseni today (Saturday). The company which owns the pub, Maya Music Entertainment Company, was also fined…
Turkey wildfires: Six now dead and hundreds homeless as devastating toll of disaster becomes clear

Turkey wildfires: Six now dead and hundreds homeless as devastating toll of disaster becomes clear

Six people are now known to have died in the vast wildfires ravaging southern and western Turkey, authorities said on Saturday. Two firefighters lost their lives as they battled with flames near the town of Manavgat. The tragedy was revealed as ministers said that, while 88 blazes had been brought under control, 10 were still burning dangerously across the landscape. The blazes have been breaking out since Wednesday amid soaring…
Malaysia suspends Monday’s parliament session, citing risk of Covid infection

Malaysia suspends Monday’s parliament session, citing risk of Covid infection

KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Malaysia’s special parliamentary sitting will be cut short after the detection of Covid-19 infections in the building, the legislative body said on Saturday (July 31), potentially providing relief for embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Tan Sri Muhyiddin faced calls to resign this week after Malaysia’s king issued a rare rebuke of the government’s revocation of ordinances – issued under an emergency rule in place since January…
New daily COVID-19 infection and death toll highs in Thailand on Saturday

New daily COVID-19 infection and death toll highs in Thailand on Saturday

Thailand’s new COVID-19 infections (18,912) and deaths (178) both reached new 24 hour highs on Saturday, according to the CCSA. The new infections include 18,102 locally transmitted and 810 among prisoners. Cumulative infections, since April 1st this year, are 568,424 with a death toll of 4,763. 364,494 people have recovered, while 200,510 are undergoing treatment in general and field hospitals. Bangkok had the most new infections today, with 3,668 cases,…
Covid-19 cases surge in Sydney, police cordon off downtown to prevent rally

Covid-19 cases surge in Sydney, police cordon off downtown to prevent rally

MELBOURNE (REUTERS) – New South Wales, Australia’s most populous state, reported 210 locally acquired cases of Covid-19 on Saturday (July 31), as police cordoned off downtown Sydney with multiple checkpoints to prevent a planned anti-lockdown protest. Sydney and its vicinities have been under a weeks-long strict lockdown that is to last at least until the end of August while battling an outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant. Saturday’s numbers…
Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises

Phuket, Thailand and Asia NewsThe Philippines will keep having large-scale combat exercises with the United States after President Rodrigo Duterte retracted his decision to terminate a key defense pact in a move that may antagonize an increasingly belligerent China. Duterte’s decision was announced Friday by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana in a joint news conference with visiting U.S. counterpart Lloyd Austin in Manila. It was a step back from the…
Criticism of government allowed, assures spokespeople, as Internet censorship looms large

Criticism of government allowed, assures spokespeople, as Internet censorship looms large

Criticism of the government, as well as calls for faster and more procurements of certain COVID-19 vaccine brands, are allowed, as long as they are based on facts, Government Spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri, and Deputy Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek assured the media and the public today (Friday). A government order banning dissemination of fake and distorted news and fearmongering came into force today with a threat of Internet censorship if violations are…
U.S. CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

U.S. CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox

A general view of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia September 30, 2014. REUTERS/Tami Chappell/File Photo(Reuters) – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus as being as transmissible as chickenpox and cautioned it could cause severe disease, the Washington Post said, citing an internal CDC document. The variant was also more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines, but the health authority…