Fri, 19 Aug 2022

KATHMANDU -- The authorities in Nepal's most populated Kathmandu Valley decided on Tuesday to ban gatherings of more than 25 people as the South Asian country reported surging cases of COVID-19 in recent days.

Under a directive issued after a meeting of senior officials of the Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts in the valley, no large political or social gatherings can be organized until further notice. (Nepal-COVID-19)

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HANOI -- The 15th National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam concluded its first extraordinary session here on Tuesday after approving a stimulus package to bolster the country's economy hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking at the closing meeting, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue said the deputies reached high consensus on approving a resolution on fiscal and monetary policies for the implementation of the socio-economic recovery and development program in 2022 and 2023. (Vietnam-Stimulus Package)

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PHNOM PENH -- Mine-sniffing hero rat Magawa, who won a gold medal for his mine-detection work in Cambodia, has died at the age of eight, charity Apopo said in a news release on Tuesday.

"Hero rat Magawa passed away peacefully this weekend," the news release said. "Magawa was in good health and spent most of last week playing with his usual enthusiasm, but towards the weekend he started to slow down, napping more and showing less interest in food in his last days." (Cambodia-Landmine Rat)

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HONG KONG -- All face-to-face classes of primary schools and kindergartens in Hong Kong will be suspended no later than Friday until schools' Chinese New Year holidays, the HKSAR government said on Tuesday.

The move came with a series of new anti-epidemic measures announced by Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Chief Executive Carrie Lam during a press conference. (Hong Kong-COVID-19-Schools)

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