LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s much-maligned multi-billion pound COVID-19 test-and-trace system has improved, but is still missing targets and the results of millions of tests to find asymptomatic cases have not been reported, parliament’s spending watchdog said on Friday. The programme, which was given a 22 billion pound ($30.6 billion) budget, was launched by Prime Minister
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LONDON (Reuters) – Some 41 million people worldwide are at at imminent risk of famine, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned on Tuesday, saying soaring prices for basic foods were compounding existing pressures on food security. Another half a million are already experiencing famine-like conditions, said the WFP’s Executive Director David Beasley. “We
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran accused the United States on Tuesday of interference for saying its presidential election on Friday was neither free or fair, Iranian state media reported. A U.S. State Department spokesman said on Monday the United States viewed the process that made Ebrahim Raisi Iran’s president-elect as “pretty manufactured”, reiterating the U.S. view
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AS a rookie reporter jumping into the job at The Star more than 35 years ago, the first thing the news editor sent me out for was to cover the courts. I had to learn the basic laws, he said. I also had to be accurate in my reporting because there was nothing worse than
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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil recorded 44,178 additional confirmed cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, along with 1,025 deaths from COVID-19, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. Brazil has registered more than 17.9 million cases since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 501,825, according to ministry data. (Reporting by
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HANOI (Reuters) – Myanmar junta leader Senior General Min Aung Hlaing has left the Southeast Asian country to attend a conference in Moscow, state media reported on Sunday. Min Aung Hlaing will attend Russia’s Moscow Conference on International Security, scheduled to be held from June 22-24, Myanmar military-controlled television network MRTV reported on Sunday. (Reporting
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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): All office-bearers in the PKR Central Leadership Council (MPP) and branch committees for the term 2018-2021 will remain in office until the next party elections, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail. The party secretary-general said this was one of the two motions approved at the PKR 2020 Annual National Congress Sunday (June
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PETALING JAYA: Iron and steel hardware dealers, stockists and wholesalers should be allowed to operate during the lockdown period, says the Federation of Malaysia Hardware, Machinery & Building Materials Dealers’ Association (FMHMBA). President Datuk Eric Koh said more than 80% of the association’s 3,000 members nationwide are small and medium enterprises and have been badly
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SEREMBAN (Bernama): The case of celebrity couple Noor Neelofa Mohd Noor and her husband Muhammad Haris Mohd Ismail – who have been charged with violating standard operating procedures (SOPs) of the conditional movement control order has been postponed to July 15. Their lawyer M. Haresh said that case management was supposed to resume next Wednesday
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DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranians choose a president on Friday in a contest likely to be won by a judge fiercely loyal to the religious establishment, although large numbers of people are expected to ignore the vote due to discontent with economic hardship and hardline rule. With uncertainty surrounding Iran’s efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear
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KOTA BHARU (Bernama): The government will be supplying the Covid-19 CanSino vaccine to Kelantan in July to vaccinate residents living in the interior including Orang Asli. National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme coordinating minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) however said the total number of vaccine doses to be distributed to Kelantan will be announced later after the government
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On the streets of tech-savvy South Korea, the latest and most cutting-edge gadgets flash in people’s hands the instant they become available. Less visible are miniature spy cams that in recent years have led to a reckoning over Internet-based sex crimes that have devastated women’s lives, spurred scandals and ignited massive offline protests. The cameras
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KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Senior Minister (Works) Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof has described the National Recovery Plan as the best approach to take the country out of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said protecting the lives and ensuring the people’s livelihoods were the government’s priority in implementing the strategy, as emphasised by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin
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