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ASEAN summit gets under way without Myanmar’s junta chief

Myanmar’s Foreign Ministry has vowed to challenge ASEAN’s unprecedented move to downgrade its participation in the three-day summit, which is being held by video due to coronavirus concerns. ASEAN blames Myanmar junta for its failure to make steps to end hostilities and initiate dialogue with civilian leaders. (Reuters) A summit of Southeast Asian leaders has […]

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Poorer nations scale back presence at COP26 due to Covid – latest updates

Coronavirus has infected more than 244M people and killed over 4.9M globally. Here are the virus-related developments for October 26: A young man receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine during a vaccination programme in Mexico City, Mexico on October 25, 2021. (Reuters) Tuesday, October 26, 2021 Climate-vulnerable countries forced to scale back their […]

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Uzbekistan President Mirziyoyev secures second term in landslide victory

Incumbent leader Shavkat Mirziyoyev wins his second term in office with a crushing 80.1 percent of votes, Central Election Commission has announced. The incumbent president Mirziyoyev was expected to win in a landslide against weak competition. (Uzbekistan Presidential Press Service / AP) Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been re-elected for a second five-year term in […]

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Outlawed religious party suspends protests after deal with Pakistan govt

Supporters of banned Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) ended their protest march after the Pakistan government agreed to drop pending charges against the arrested TLP leader Saad Rizvi. Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan has a history of staging violent protests to pressure the government to accept its demands. (Reuters) A banned religious party in Pakistan has agreed to suspend for […]