JAKARTA -- The death toll in the eruption of Semeru volcano in Lumajang district, Indonesia's East Java province, rose to 34 as of Tuesday afternoon, while 16 others are still under search, an official said.
Four evacuation teams are currently carrying out search operations for victims affected by hot clouds in some points and sand mining locations, Head of the Operations and Alert Section of the Regional Search and Rescue Agency in Surabaya, East Java, I Wayan Suyatna, told journalists on Tuesday. (Indonesia-Volcano-Toll)
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DHAKA -- Malaysia Tuesday provided more than half a million vaccine doses to Bangladesh as a gesture of solidarity and support in the latter's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a ceremony in Dhaka, Haznah Md Hashim, high commissioner of Malaysia to Bangladesh, officially handed over the token vaccine doses to Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen. (Bangladesh-Malaysia-COVID-19-Donation)
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HONG KONG -- The upcoming seventh-term Legislative Council (LegCo) election in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) will see a record-high number of voters and staff, HKSAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam said Tuesday.
Nearly 4.5 million registered voters are expected to cast their ballots between 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 in an election very important to Hong Kong's future, according to Lam. (Hong Kong-LegCo Election-Carrie Lam)
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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn on Tuesday met with visiting Myanmar's Foreign Minister U Wunna Maung Lwin, discussing bilateral cooperation and ASEAN issues, said a Cambodian foreign ministry's press release.
U Wunna Maung Lwin congratulated Cambodia as the incoming chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2022 and expressed full support for Cambodia's priorities and deliverables, the press release said. (Cambodia-Myanmar-Visit)