Sat, 25 Sep 2021

MACAO -- The election of the seventh Legislative Assembly of the Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) wrapped up early Monday morning with the preliminary results showing 14 candidates won the directly-elected seats, about half of whom were new faces, and 12 won the indirectly-elected seats.

Voting started from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. local time on Sunday. Despite heat and sudden downpours, over 100,000 voters went to the ballot.

The SAR government said Sunday night that this year's legislative election took place in a lawful, fair, open and clean manner. (Macao-Legislative Assembly Election)

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NEW DELHI -- India's COVID-19 tally rose to 33,264,175 on Monday, as 27,254 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, showed the federal health ministry's latest data.

Besides, as many as 219 deaths due to the pandemic have been reported since Sunday morning, taking the total death toll to 442,874.

Most of the new cases and deaths were reported from the southern state of Kerala. (India-COVID-19)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's second parliament session of the year convened on Monday amid changes in the balance of power between the ruling coalition and the opposition.

This is the first gathering of the Lower House of Parliament since the appointment of Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the new prime minister in August, with the country facing political pressures, a sluggish economy and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The session is scheduled to last until Oct. 12. (Malaysia-Parliament-Politics)

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COLOMBO -- Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged closer international cooperation among all countries so that they can survive the COVID-19 pandemic and resume normal life, local media reported Monday.

Speaking at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, in Northern Italy, Rajapaksa said the grave health crisis that the world is experiencing at this time underlined the bonds for all countries to get united.

"COVID-19 makes no distinction among religions, nationalities and civilizations. It strikes a deadly blow to all humanity. In order to survive the pandemic and resume our lives once more, international cooperation needs to be strengthened," Rajapaksa said while addressing the forum. (Sri Lanka-PM-COVID-19)

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BANGKOK -- Thailand's fresh COVID-19 infections and fatalities both fell for the second day in a row, with 12,583 new cases and 132 more deaths reported in the past 24 hours, official data showed on Monday.

The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), the country's COVID-19 task force, said 3,329 new cases were confirmed in the capital city Bangkok, which has remained the epicenter of the outbreak.

The country's total number of infections has risen to more than 1.39 million since the pandemic began, with more than 97 percent of them being reported since the third wave of the outbreak started in April. (Thailand-COVID-19)

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