Sunday, 26 Jan 2020


Japan will evacuate nationals from China's Wuhan city, PM Abe says

TOKYO (AFP) – Japan will evacuate all its nationals from China’s quarantined city of Wuhan, the epicentre of a deadly virus, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday(Jan 26). “We have decided to send back all (Japanese citizens in Wuhan) to Japan if they wish so, by every means including a chartered flight,” Abe told […]

Wuhan virus: China bans wildlife trade nationwide until viral outbreak eases

BEIJING (REUTERS, AFP) – China on Sunday (Jan 26) ordered a temporary ban on the trade in wild animals as the country struggles to contain a deadly virus believed to have been spawned in a market that sold wild animals as food. Raising, transporting or selling all wild animal species is forbidden “from the date of […]

Wuhan virus: China using HIV drugs in treatment plan for patients

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China is using AbbVie Inc’s HIV drugs as an ad-hoc treatment for pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus while the global search for a cure continues. The Beijing branch of China’s National Health Commission (NHC) said that a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir, sold under the brand name Kaletra by AbbVie, is […]

Thousands rally across Australia for 'Invasion Day' protests

MELBOURNE (AFP) – Thousands of people joined Invasion Day protests in cities across Australia on Sunday (Jan 26) to mark the beginning of British colonisation of the vast continent. January 26 is officially recognised as Australia Day, a public holiday to celebrate the origins of the modern nation and is commemorated with fireworks, concerts and […]

The internet should be used, not shut down: The Statesman contributor

NEW DELHI (THE STATESMAN/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s declaration, internet access as a fundamental right has been reiterated. The consumption of adequate amount of information is required to achieve sustainable development worldwide, the United Nations asserts. In 2011, the UN declared access to the internet as a human right. […]

Dictator Marcos' son upholds family tradition of untruth: Inquirer

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – That the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree was once more starkly demonstrated last week by the dictator’s son and namesake Ferdinand Marcos Jr. This election also-ran who still can’t get over the fact that he lost the vice presidency (and who continues to be indulged by […]

Wuhan virus toll in China rises to 54 dead, more than 300 new cases

WUHAN, CHINA (AFP) – The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday (Jan 26) reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases. The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at […]