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KUALA LUMPUR — The 2022 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers Group B match between China and Vietnam on Oct. 7 will be held in Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) disclosed this on Monday. The match will be China’s third match in the group. “The decision of a neutral venue was confirmed in light of the ongoing COVID-19 challenges faced by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in organising its home...

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TOKYO — Japan’s former foreign minister Fumio Kishida, a strong contender to become next prime minister, has called for a package of more than 30 trillion yen ($273 billion) to cushion the blow from the coronavirus pandemic, a magazine reported. Suga’s shock Friday announcement that he was stepping down has thrown a ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leadership race set for Sept. 29 wide open, with an array of candidates considering running. Kishida, 64, is...

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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Wednesday announced that it would keep its educational institutions closed for two more weeks in densely populated areas to bring down steadily rising Coronavirus infections. “All educational institutions will remain closed until April 11 in all districts where positivity and infection rate is high. “The health of students, teachers, and staff is our primary consideration,” Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood announced. A two-week shutdown was initially announced on March 15. Virus hotspots...

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BANGKOK (Thailand),  No fewer than 400 illegal migrants tested COVID-19 positive and have been transferred to a field hospital in Bangkok on Tuesday. The migrants, who tested positive were detained in their cells in Bang Khen district before being transferred to the field hospital at the Royal Thai Police sports club, the Bangkok Post reports. The stadium of the police’s Welfare Division on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is converted into a field hospital to treat new...

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NEW DELHI — Indian authorities on Thursday shut down the Taj Mahal and evacuated tourists after police received a phone call about a bomb at India’s iconic monument. The police stopped entry to the monument and bomb detection squads were conducting checks of the premises after the call was received in the morning, area police chief, Rajeev Kumar Singh said. “The caller said he will blow up the monument. We have not found anything so far...

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Facebook said on Thursday that it has banned all remaining accounts linked to the Myanmar military, citing the junta use of deadly force against anti-coup demonstrators. The move, which takes effect immediately, applies to the military and entities under the control of the armed forces on both Facebook and Instagram. It added that “military-linked commercial entities” were also banned from advertising on the platforms. “Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated...

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At least 15 labourers were crushed to death by a truck in India early Tuesday while they were sleeping by a road, police said. The accident took place near a village in the Surat district in India’s western state of Gujarat, area police chief Varadbhai Patel said on phone. The dumper truck ran over the sleeping workers, killing 12 of them at the scene, Patel said. Eight were wounded and taken to hospital, where three...

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called the United States (U.S) the “biggest enemy” of his country, threatening to continue advancing its nuclear capabilities, state media said Saturday. Kim also said Washington’s policy against Pyongyang would not change regardless of who was in the White House, adding that an end to its hostile stance would likely be the key to future relations between the two countries, according to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Kim...

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Ten newborn babies died on Saturday in a fire at a state-run hospital in western India, officials said. There were 17 infants in the unit for sick newborn babies when the fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday at the Bhandara District General Hospital in Maharashtra state. Seven infants died due to smoke suffocation, and three from burn injuries, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope told reporters. Seven babies were rescued by the nurses...

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An Indian man Tammu Raghavaiah attacked his parents, killed his mother instantly and fatally wounded his father in a fit of rage, police said on Wednesday. Tammu attacked his parents with a log, furious with them for sending away his wife who had returned to him after three years of leaving him, the police said. While Tammu’s mother Veeralankamma died on the spot, his father Nageswara Rao is in critical condition at the Machilipatnam hospital...

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