China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says

Moves by Chinese coastguard and maritime militia said to be focused on Luconia Shoals, where Malaysia’s state-owned Petronas company is exploring a gas field Washington-based AMTI says civilian vessels there have been targeted daily for the past two years, and similar tactics now being used against Indonesian drillers in Natuna Sea Chinese boats have beenContinue reading “China harasses Malaysian oil and gas vessels on a ‘daily’ basis, Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative says”

UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states

UN special rapporteur on Myanmar, Tom Andrews, says the world should be prepared for ‘even more mass atrocity crimes’ The United nations fears another human rights catastrophe in Myanmar amid reports of thousands of troops massing in the north of the south-east Asian country, which has been in chaos since a February coup. “We should all beContinue reading “UN fears new atrocity in Myanmar as troops gather in restive northern states”

Russia extends ‘foreign agents’ law to critics of military and security

Legislation now covers citizens who study and report on those agencies and people working within them Russians who study and report on the problems faced by the country’s military, space agency and security services, as well as the millions of people who serve in those agencies, can now be named foreign agents, as Russia expands restrictions onContinue reading “Russia extends ‘foreign agents’ law to critics of military and security”

Malaysia to lodge formal protest after Chinese military ‘intrusion’ in airspace over South China Sea

The Malaysian Foreign Ministry has said it will lodge a diplomatic protest over 16 Chinese military transport planes that violated Malaysia’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) while conducting “suspicious” activity over the contested South China Sea. Malaysia’s air force said it was forced to scramble jets on Monday to conduct visual confirmation after the planes flew within theContinue reading “Malaysia to lodge formal protest after Chinese military ‘intrusion’ in airspace over South China Sea”

Accused French QANON Kidnapper Arrested in Malaysia

A far-right French conspiracy theorist wanted for the April kidnapping of an 8-year-old has been arrested in Malaysia, but not for his international arrest warrant for kidnapping. Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann, who has strong ties to American QAnon conspiracy theories, was arrested Saturday in Malaysia and will be expelled because of irregular immigration status. Because the arrestContinue reading “Accused French QANON Kidnapper Arrested in Malaysia”

Red Cross warns that coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia

Coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia and the Pacific with over 5.9 million new confirmed infections in the past two weeks, more than in all other regions combined, the International Federation of the Red Cross said Wednesday. It warned that the surge is pushing hospitals and health systems to the brink of collapse. Seven outContinue reading “Red Cross warns that coronavirus cases are exploding in Asia”

Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike

Malaysia on Monday imposed a new nationwide lockdown, as the country grapples with a surge in coronavirus cases and highly infectious variants that the government said are testing its health system. Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said all inter-state and inter-district travel will be banned, along with social gatherings. Educational institutions will be shut but economicContinue reading “Malaysia declares nationwide lockdown as COVID-19 cases spike”

Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant

Malaysia has detected its first case of a highly infectious coronavirus variant first identified in India, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday, days after imposing a ban on flights from India. The variant, named B.1.617, was detected in an Indian national screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport, he said. The World Health OrganisationContinue reading “Malaysia reports first case of Indian COVID-19 variant”

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