Malaysia PM to sign co-operation pact with opposition to shore up support

New Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves from a car, as he leaves after the inauguration ceremony, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Aug 21, 2021.Reuters Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's coalition and the main opposition bloc will sign a cooperation pact on Monday (Sept 13) to ensure stability during the Covid-19 pandemic, an...

Chinese city in Yunnan builds ‘food court’ for future migrating Asian elephants

Pexels Officials in southwest China launched last Tuesday (Sept 7) a "food court" for migrating elephants after a trekking herd captured the country's and the world's imagination and caused headaches for towns and cities along their route this summer. The Global Times reported that the idea for the 670,000 square metre food base near Jinghong, in...

Filipino beauty queens: A new weapon in war on communism

Actress Arci Munoz is also a member of the Philippine air force reserves.Internet For millions of young girls living in poverty in the Philippines, becoming a beauty queen is the rags-to-riches fantasy of choice when it comes to plotting a way out of the shanties. They dream of becoming the next Catriona Gray or Pia Wurtzbach,...

J&J reports promising Ebola vaccine data

Johnson & Johnson said on Monday (Sept 13) its Ebola vaccine regimen demonstrated antibody immune responses in adults and children, citing data published in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal. The two-dose regimen was well-tolerated and induced antibody responses to the Zaire ebolavirus species 21 days after the second dose in 98 per cent of all...

Mexico’s top court decriminalises abortion in ‘watershed moment’

Women hold green handkerchiefs during a protest in support of legal and safe abortion in Mexico City, Mexico, on Feb 19, 2020.Reuters Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Tuesday (Sept 7) that penalising abortion is unconstitutional, a major victory for advocates of women's health and human rights, just as parts of the United States enact...

China ‘sends warning shot to India’ with military drill in Tibet

A handout photo. A screen shot from video shown on the PLA Daily website shows Chinese soldiers conducting a military drill in Tibet.South China Morning Post Chinese fighter jets dropped missiles, troops brought down drones and ground force howitzers made precision strikes during a high-altitude drill by the Tibet Military District intended as a warning...

Malaysia’s Lost Food Project hopes to feed those in need and fight climate change, one meal at a time

Food rescued by The Lost Food Project that would have otherwise ended up in landfills.The Lost Food Project When Malaysian retirees Adeline Chang and Zai Saimon began volunteering with a tiny non-profit group called The Lost Food Project in 2016, they never imagined the scale of their work on behalf of the poor could be...

No evidence younger adults need Covid-19 booster jabs, say local infectious diseases experts

A student getting her jab at the Bishan Community Club Vaccination Centre in June, 2021.Lianhe Zaobao Local infectious diseases experts have questioned the Government's plan to study giving Covid-19 vaccine boosters to younger adults to reduce infection rates, saying there is currently no evidence that this group of people need boosters. They also reiterated that the...

Malaysia’s new PM retains finance minister, senior figures in cabinet

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.Facebook/ismailsabri60  Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob unveiled his cabinet on Friday (Aug 20), re-appointing the finance minister and several others from the previous administration, in the hope of restoring political stability amid a Covid-19 crisis. Ismail Sabri was sworn in as prime minister last week, succeeding Muhyiddin Yassin who had...

12 months on, many patients in Wuhan find their Covid-19 symptoms still persist

Medical workers attend to Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Wuhan in February. Beijing has for months defended its initial response to the virus.Reuters Nearly half of about 1,200 recovered Covid-19 patients in Wuhan still had symptoms a year after they fell ill, according to a new study that highlights the need for long-term support. Chinese...