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Childhood Immunization Levels Stalled In 2023

NEW YORK, US: New data published by UN agencies shows that immunization coverage for children worldwide stalled during 2023, leaving around 2.7 million lacking the protection they need compared to the pre-COVID-19 levels of 2019.
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UMNO Grabbing From Minorities! Is There No End To Greed?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: It is so unsettling and upsetting to read of the proposal to grab 20 percent of leasehold land belonging to the ethnic minorities upon the expiry of lease terms. The immediate question that comes to mind is: is there no end to UMNO’s greed?
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Time To Terminate US Counter-Terrorism Programs In Africa

WASHINGTON, US: Every so often I am reminded of how counter-productive US engagement in the world has become. Of how, after miserable failure after failure, this country’s foreign policy makers keep trying to run the globe and fail again. From the strategic defeats in Iraq and Afghanistan to the feckless effort to sway the excessive Israeli military operation in Gaza, the US has squandered its power, exceeded its capabilities, and just plain failed.
 
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Russia Outlines New National Development Goals

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: On May 7, President Putin signed a decree on the national development goals of Russia until 2030 and for the future until 2036. There are seven of them in total, and each goal is designed to “improve the well-being and quality of life of Russian families,” he noted in his inaugural speech.
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Indonesian President In Damage Control Over New Capital

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Indonesia's president is rushing to reassure investors and bureaucrats about his $32 billion new capital city in a malaria-prone pocket of Borneo, after the resignations of two officials overseeing the plan raised fresh doubts about its future.
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Haiti’s Health System Pushed To Breaking Point: UNICEF

NEW YORK, US: Haiti’s health system is now “on the verge of collapse” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in Haiti Bruno Maes warned on Wednesday, amidst an alarming decrease in the number of hospitals still functioning in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation.
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Don’t Believe The AI Hype

NEW YORK, US: According to tech leaders and many pundits and academics, artificial intelligence is poised to transform the world as we know it through unprecedented productivity gains.
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Malaysia Must Prepare For An Economic Slowdown

BANGKOK, Thailand: With the latest World Bank’s forecast warning that most economies will grow much slower in 2024 and 2025, Malaysia must be very cautious as the local economy is directly exposed to global events.
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Petrol Pain Coming For Malaysia’s Elderly

MELBOURNE, Australia: Plans to remove Malaysia’s fuel subsidies are set to add to cost of living challenges, particularly for its elderly population who rely heavily on fixed incomes.
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Beware Misplaced Trust In Pseudo-Intellectuals

SHAH ALAM, Malaysia: Former prime minister Muhyddin Yassin undoubtedly a charismatic & popular Malay Leader got toppled from the Apex, thanks to his bossom buddies from the State of Johor. Muhyiddin the scion of a religious leader, educated in English and groomed by Tun Dr Mahathir himself, held many crucial cabinet posts.
 
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Madagascar: Coordination, Convergence And Change From The Grass Roots Up

NEW YORK, US: How can people be best supported during humanitarian crises with limited aid budgets and what can be done to help those same people break out of the cycle of dependency caused by multiple crises and move towards more sustainable development?
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Taliban’s Mistreatment Of Women Has Global Ramifications

WASHINGTON, US: The Taliban’s well-documented oppression is more than just a problem for the women and girls of Afghanistan. The country’s misrule is a signal to the world that gender-based discrimination can be ignored—even condoned. This perpetuates impunity and poses a grave risk of normalizing extremists. It’s time for those who built the international human rights system to step up and defend it.
 
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Syria Crisis Intensifies In Shadow Of Gaza war

NEW YORK, US: The war in Gaza continues to cast a dark shadow over the wider Middle East region, in particular Syria where a series of strikes and attacks are exacerbating an already dire humanitarian situation, the UN Special Envoy for the country said on Thursday.
 
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Southeast Asia: World’s Dumping Ground For Plastic Waste

HONG KONG, SAR: In the wake of China’s 2018 ban on plastics recycling, criminal organizations have been illegally shipping waste to Southeast Asia, passing through “multiple transit countries” to camouflage the origins of the shipments, according to Interpol, with “significant use of counterfeit documents and fraudulent waste registrations.” Some plastic waste reaches Asia from Italy by way of its neighbor Slovenia.
 
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