Tue, 24 Nov 2020

ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistan Navy said on Wednesday that it successfully conducted a live-fire demonstration of anti-ship missiles from multiple launch platforms.

"Pakistan Navy conducted Live Weapon Firing (LWF) of anti-ship missiles from surface and aviation platforms in North Arabian Sea," Rear Admiral Muhammad Arshid Javed, director general of public relations, said in a press release, adding that the navy's warships, airplanes and helicopters successfully hit their targets. (Pakistan-Missile-Demonstration)

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MANILA -- The Philippines' Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 2,053 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, bringing the tally in the country to 375,180.

The DOH said 540 more patients had recovered, raising the total number of recoveries to 329,111.

The death toll climbed to 7,114 after 61 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added. (Philippines-COVID-19)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand has extended the emergency rule over the COVID-19 pandemic until the end of November.

The cabinet of ministers, headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Wednesday approved the one-month extension proposed by Center for the COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), to Nov. 30. (Thailand-COVID-19-Emergency)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Agriculture and food ministers and senior representatives from the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies have pressed for stronger cooperation and open and predictable trade regimes to ensure global food systems remain accessible, innovative, reliable, resilient, and sustainable against the backdrop of COVID-19 pandemic.

At the virtual Ministerial Policy Dialogue on Food Security on Tuesday, ministers committed to intensifying collaboration in relevant areas, especially food standards and safety assurance, connectivity, productivity, capacity building and reducing barriers to food trade. (Malaysia-APEC-Ministers)

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MANILA -- Strong winds and rains from Typhoon Molave have left nine people dead, six injured, and extensive damage in the Philippines, the country's National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said on Wednesday.

The NDRRMC said two people also went missing after the typhoon lashed the Philippines from Sunday to Tuesday, displacing nearly 210,000 residents in the main island of Luzon and the central Philippines, flooding villages, before blowing out of the archipelago. (Philippines-Typhoon Molave)

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