Sat, 21 May 2022

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Monday said he was committed to tackling the COVID-19 virus in Japan amid the rampant spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.

In his first policy speech at the start of a 150-day regular Diet session, Kishida, describing the virus as "more formidable" than first thought, called on the public's cooperation in containing the spread of the virus.

He also vowed to do more to combat the virus by expediting the rollout of booster shots and vaccinating children. (Japan-PM Policy Speech-COVID 19)

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met here on Monday with Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretary-General Lim Jock Hoi on regional issues, a senior official said.

The discussions included the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and Myanmar's political situation, said Kao Kim Hourn, a minister attached to the Cambodian prime minister. (Cambodia-ASEAN-RCEP-Myanmar)

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PUL-E-KHUMRI, Afghanistan -- An explosive device left over from the past years of war in the northern Baghlan province went off on Sunday, claiming two lives and injuring two others, locals said on Monday.

According to locals, the blast took place in the Tipa Nawroz area in the outskirt of the provincial capital the Pul-e-Khumri city on Sunday afternoon, killing two civilians and injuring two others. The accident was also reported by the state-run news agency Bakhtar. (Afghanistan-Blast-Injuries)

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SEOUL -- South Korea registered a total of 199,749 breakthrough COVID-19 infections, which refer to the vaccinated people who were infected with the virus, the health authorities said Monday.

The number of those who tested positive for COVID-19 after receiving two vaccine doses came in at 199,749 as of Jan. 9, up from 187,611 a week earlier, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA). (South Korea-Breakthrough Infection)

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