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China declines to congratulate US President-elect Joe Biden

China has not yet come out with an official reaction to Biden and Kamala Harris' victory

 Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan. (AFP)

Pakistan PM Imran Khan wins trust vote; Opposition demands resignation

The floor test took place without the Opposition boycotted the voting, making it easier for Khan to secure the required numbers

  People are silhouetted on vehicles headlights on a dark street during widespread power outages in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. Pakistan's national power grid experienced a major breakdown late night on Saturday, leaving millions of people in darkness, local media reported. (AP)

Pakistan hit by nationwide power blackout

Power Minister Omar Ayub Khan said the frequency in the power distribution system suddenly dropped from 50 to zero, causing the blackout

South Korea reported 808 new cases Monday, raising its national total to 57,680 with 819 deaths (Image:AP)

South Korea detects first coronavirus variant cases

The new strain, which experts fear is more contagious, prompted more than 50 countries to impose travel restrictions on Britain

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan. (AFP)

FATF keeps Pakistan on 'Enhanced Follow-up' for meagre progress against terror financing

The development came only a few weeks ahead of the meeting of the FATF to decide on Pakistan's grey list status

Asia

Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun, spokesman for the ruling council (Twitter@descifraguerra)

Myanmar military promises new election; Suu Kyi faces additional charge

Suu Kyi, 75, spent nearly 15 years under house arrest for her efforts to end military rule

Buddhist monks lead an anti-coup protest march in Mandalay, Myanmar on Feb. 27, 2021. 'CRPH' in the placards stand for 'Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw.' (AP)

Myanmar's Suu Kyi to face court after deadly crackdown

Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to streets regularly over the past month to oppose the coup

This handout photo taken and released on January 15, 2021 by Indonesia's National Disaster Agency shows rescuers looking for survivors trapped in a collapsed building in Mamuju, after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked Sulawesi island. (Photo by Handout/ National Search and Rescue Agency / AFP)

At least 34 killed as quake rocks Indonesia

Rescuers were searching for more than a dozen patients and staff trapped beneath the rubble of the levelled Mamuju hospital

An employee walks in the water tank of the metropolitan outer underground discharge channel in Kasukabe, Saitama prefecture. - It has been called Japan's underground "Parthenon," a cavernous complex charged with protecting Tokyo and surrounding areas from catastrophic flooding -- a risk experts warn is growing as climate change advances. (AFP)

The underground 'Parthenon' protecting Tokyo from floods

In Tokyo alone there are 10 other underground reservoirs and three flood tunnels, and more flood-protection structures are being built

Middle East

 U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, left, and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban group's top political leader sign a peace agreement between Taliban and U.S. officials in Doha, Qatar. The Taliban say the long-awaited peace talks with the negotiating team selected by the Afghan government are to begin on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar. The announcement on Sept. 10, came in a statement from the Taliban in Qatar, where the insurgents maintain a political office, and also as an announcement from Qatar's foreign ministry. (AP File)

Peace talks to begin between Taliban, Afghan government 19 years after 9/11 triggered war

The US-backed negotiations come six months later than planned owing to bitter disagreements over a controversial prisoner swap

 US President Donald Trump speaks to the troops during a surprise Thanksgiving day visit at Bagram Air Field, on November 28, 2019 in Afghanistan. - The US will cut its troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 in January, the lowest level in nearly two decades of war, as outgoing President Donald Trump follows through on a pledge to end conflicts abroad, the Pentagon announced on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

US announces troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq

The House Armed Services Committee has announced a hearing on Afghanistan on November 20

US President Donald Trump at the Oval Office on Friday. (AFP)

Donald Trump announces peace between Israel and Bahrain

In Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the agreement.

 Israeli protesters hold a poster of their prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gagged by a surgical protection mask during an anti-government demonstration in front of Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on September 12, 2020, demanding his resignation over several corruption indictments and his handling of the coronavirus crisis. (AFP)

Israel to set new nationwide lockdown as virus cases surge

Lockdown is credited with having brought down what were much lower infection numbers, but it wreaked havoc on Israel's economy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) offering his condolences on October 7, 2020 in Kuwait to the Gulf emirate's Crown Prince, Sheikh Mishaal al-Ahmad al-Jabaer al-Sabah, following the death of the emir of Kuwait last week. (AFP)

Kuwait's emir names security czar Sheikh Meshal as crown prince

The new emir, Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah, assumed power following the death of his brother Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad last week

Africa

An illustration picture shows vials with Covid-19 Vaccine stickers attached, and syringes, with a flag of the European Union, on November 17, 2020. (AFP)

Poorer and developing nations face vaccine wait as West locks down supply

Based on advance purchase agreements signed with Pfizer, it is calculated that 1.1 billion doses had been snapped up by wealthy nations

Wildlife vets take samples from dead elephants found in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe. (AP)

Zimbabwe investigating deaths of 22 elephants, more expected

Zimbabwe has been facing successive climate-induced droughts in recent years, leaving animals with less water and vegetation for food

 This satellite image from Maxar Technologies shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt, Friday, March 26, 2021. A maritime traffic jam grew to more than 200 vessels Friday outside the Suez Canal and some vessels began changing course as dredgers worked frantically to free a giant container ship that is stuck sideways in the waterway and disrupting global shipping. (©Maxar Technologies via AP)

Over 200 vessels blocked as 'maritime traffic jam' grows outside blocked Suez Canal

An initial investigation showed the vessel ran aground due to strong winds and ruled out mechanical or engine failure as a cause

 Britain's Health Secretary Matt Hancock attends a remote press conference to update the nation on the status of the Covid-19 pandemic, inside 10 Downing Street in central London on December 23, 2020. - Britain on Wednesday introduced restrictions on travel from South Africa over the spread of another new variant of coronavirus, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said. "We're placing immediate restrictions on travel from South Africa," Hancock said, adding that two cases of the "highly concerning" new virus strain had been discovered in Britain. (AFP)

UK quarantines travelers from South Africa as one more Covid variant detected

Hancock said the new variant has ‘mutated further’ than the one that recently prompted the British government to tighten restrictions

Europe

 Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a virtual press conference inside 10 Downing Street in central London on October 31, 2020 to announce new lockdown restrictions in an effort to curb rising infections of the novel coronavirus. (AFP)

Johnson locks down England as UK COVID-19 cases pass 1 million

Johnson was criticised by political opponents for moving too slowly into the first national lockdown

 The new test, based on the design of a DNA test developed by professor Christofer Toumazou at Imperial College London, received approval for clinical use at the end of April after successful trials.

90-minute British DnaNudge COVID-19 test is accurate, Lancet study finds

The ability to correctly identify positive cases is at 94.4% and a specificity – correctly identifying those without the disease – at 100%

 Prime Minister Sanna Marin (L) let 16-year-old Aava Murto take her place for a day. (Image: Twitter/@FinGovernment)

Girls Takeover: Finland PM hands her post to teenager for one day

Although Finland scores highly in gender equality comparisons, women are still heavily under-represented in technology firms and boardrooms

 A general view of Pfizer Manufacturing Belgium in Puurs, Belgium. Pfizer and BioNTech say they've won permission Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, for emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine in Britain, the world’s first coronavirus shot that’s backed by rigorous science -- and a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.(AP)

UK approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, first in the world

Britain’s vaccine committee will decide which priority groups will get the jab first

There are different subtypes of avian influenza viruses. (Representational Image: Twitter@UAZ1203)

Russia detects first case of H5N8 avian flu in humans

While the highly contagious strain H5N8 is lethal for birds, it had never before been reported to have spread to humans

Americas

 Supporters of President Donald Trump rally at Freedom Plaza on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP)

Thousands rally behind Trump, believing he won the race he lost

A week after Democrat Joe Biden was declared the winner of the election, demonstrations in support of Trump took place in other cities

 US President Donald Trump. (AFP)

Trump in phone call presses Georgia's election chief to 'find' votes to reverse Biden's win: Report

The Trump campaign and several of the president's allies have launched dozens of attempts to challenge the poll results in many swing states

Farmers raise slogans during their ongoing protest at Singhu Border, in New Delhi, Tuesday, February 2, 2021. (PTI/Ravi Choudhary)

Steps that would improve efficiency of India's markets welcome: US

US has said it welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India's markets and attract greater private sector investment

 U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during an event with the CEOs of Johnson & Johnson and Merck at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building March 10, 2021 in Washington, DC. Biden announced that the government will purchase 100 million more doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. (Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP)

US will share COVID-19 vaccine if it has surplus: Biden

We are going to start off making sure Americans are taken care of first but we are then going to try to help the rest of the world, he said

Oceania

 PM Jacinda Ardern declared New Zealand "beat the virus again". (Image: Facebook/Jacinda Ardern)

New Zealand's Jacinda Ardern says 'we beat the virus again'

Ardern announced restrictions in the country's largest city would be eased, after a second COVID-19 wave was contained

 New Zealand has been widely praised for its handling of the pandemic, with just 25 deaths from 1,927 confirmed virus cases in a population of five million. (Representational Image/AFP)

New Zealand detects first community virus case in two months

It is the second time a returnee has developed coronavirus symptoms after being cleared to leave an isolation facility in New Zealand

This file photo taken on October 23, 2019 shows a giant digital sign at Facebook's corporate headquarters campus in Menlo Park, California. - Facebook said on February 23, 2021 it will lift a contentious ban on Australian news pages "in the coming days", after the government agreed to amend a world-first media law fiercely opposed by the tech giant. (Josh Edelson / AFP)

Facebook to restore Australia news pages as deal reached on media law

Prime Minister Scott Morrison had angrily accused Facebook of making a decision to 'unfriend' Australia

Police patrol a running track as people exercise ahead of an anti-lockdown rally in Melbourne, as the city continues to enforce strict lockdown measure to battle a second wave of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. (AFP)

Australia's Victoria reports lowest COVID-19 cases since June

Residents in the state can now have outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people, and cafes will be able to seat up to 50 people outside

The new cases, the first since Jan. 24, forced Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to return to the capital Wellington, skipping a gay pride event in Auckland that she was due to attend on Sunday afternoon. (AP)

New Zealand reports three new COVID-19 local cases, first since January

The country remains on alert level 1 for COVID-19, its lowest level, with no restrictions