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Putin says coronavirus is 'under control' in Russia

KONFRONTASI - Russian President Vladimir Putin says the coronavirus outbreak in his country is “under control” as the China-generated pathogen continues to take a heavy toll across the world.

“We were able to contain mass penetration and spread of the pandemic,” Putin said at a government meeting in Moscow on Tuesday. “The situation is generally under control despite high risk level.”

Cyberattack hits US health department amid coronavirus

KONFRONTASI - The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), a key part of the federal response to the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, was hit by a cyberattack on Sunday night, a Bloomberg reporter said on Twitter.

The reporter, in a tweet on Monday, cited unnamed sources who said there were multiple hacking incidents that appeared aimed at slowing down the department’s systems.

Saudi Arabia detains hundreds of government officials

KONFRONTASI-Anti-corruption body announces arrest of 298 people, will press charges for crimes such as bribery and em

Hundreds of government officials, including military and security personnel, have been detained in Saudi Arabia on charges involving bribery and exploiting public office.

The announcement late on Sunday by Saudi's National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) also said that investigators would bring charges against those currently held in custody.

"IMF Malpractice"

"IMF Malpractice"


By Rizal Ramli, Wall Street Journal

Updated Jan. 15, 2002 11:37 a.m. ET

The International Monetary Fund's track record in Indonesia has been less than stellar, to say the least. From the moment the IMF was first called in to help in October 1997 its policy prescriptions have only served to deepen an economic crisis that was already the most serious in Indonesian history. Indeed, its misdiagnoses and policy errors helped create an economic disaster of previously unimaginable proportions.

Reasons why Islam is widely accepted in the West.

By Imam Shamsi Ali*

 

 

Yesterday was the first Friday of the month. And every first Friday of every month I am scheduled to deliver the Friday sermon (khutbah) at the Jamaica Muslim Center in New York. The rest of Fridays of the month I am scheduled to deliver khutbah at various mosques around the City, including once at the United Nations.

Reasons why Islam is widely accepted in the West.

KONFRONTASI-Yesterday was the first Friday of the month. And every first Friday of every month I am scheduled to deliver the Friday sermon (khutbah) at the Jamaica Muslim Center in New York. The rest of Fridays of the month I am scheduled to deliver khutbah at various mosques around the City, including once at the United Nations. 

Afghan conflict: US and Taliban sign deal to end 18-year war

KONFRONTASI -  The US and the Taliban have signed an "agreement for bringing peace" to Afghanistan after more than 18 years of conflict.

The US and Nato allies have agreed to withdraw all troops within 14 months if the militants uphold the deal.

President Trump said it had been a "long and hard journey" in Afghanistan. "It's time after all these years to bring our people back home," he said.

Talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban are due to follow.

Malaysia's Mahathir says parliament will pick new PM

KONFRONTASI-Malaysia's interim leader Mahathir Mohamad has said parliament will pick a new prime minister next week following the collapse of the ruling alliance and snap elections will be called if the vote ends in an impasse.

Mahathir, who met the king earlier on Thursday, said the monarch could not find a candidate with a clear majority to lead the nation after consulting all 222 legislators over the last two days.

As such, he said, the king decided to have the lower house of parliament vote on a new leader on March 2.

​"If the lower house fails to find a person with the majority, then we will have to go for a snap election," Mahathir told a news conference.

A failed bid by Mahathir's supporters to form a new government without his designated successor, Anwar Ibrahim, and Mahathir's shock resignation on Monday broke apart the ruling alliance less than two years after it defeated a corruption-tainted coalition that had led the country for 61 years. 

Both Mahathir and Anwar are vying for the premiership, renewing a political feud that stretches back more than 20 years.

"The king is obviously being very cautious. He decided not to give Anwar or Mahathir to form a government and let the MPs decide," said James Chin, head of the Asia Institute at Australia's University of Tasmania. "This means horsetrading will carry on all weekend until Monday morning." 

Brazil confirms first coronavirus case in Latin America

KONFRONTASI-Brazil confirmed the first case of a fast-spreading new coronavirus in Latin America on Wednesday, diagnosing a 61-year-old man in Sao Paulo who returned recently from Italy.

The official diagnosis comes during Brazil’s carnival holiday, a peak time for domestic travel when millions of revelers throng to major cities for raucous street celebrations.

Brazilian stocks tumbled more than 7% on Wednesday in their first trading since Friday, following a holiday closure when global bourses dropped sharply on concerns about the epidemic.

India slum-dwellers sent eviction notices ahead of Trump visit

KONFRONTASI-Slum-dwellers in the city of Ahmedabad say they have been served eviction notices by municipal authorities as the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepares to host US President Donald Trump on February 24.

The slum is close to the Motera Stadium where Modi and Trump are expected to attend an event dubbed "Kem Chho Trump" (How are you, Trump) along the lines of the "Howdy Modi" extravaganza the US president organised for the Indian prime minister in Houston last September.

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