Many dead as powerful earthquake shakes Turkey, Syria

By Zaheena Rasheed 11 killed in Syria: APA doctor in the Syria’s Atmed told The Associated Press news agency that at least 11 people have died in the northwestern town alone. Dr Muheeb Qaddour added that many others were buried under the rubble. “We fear that the deaths are in the hundreds,” he told AP….

India’s Adani firms lose $65bn in value

Led by Asia’s richest man Gautam Adani, the group has locked horns with short seller Hindenburg Research. Most Adani Group shares fell sharply on Monday as the Indian conglomerate’s rebuttal of a US short seller’s criticism failed to pacify investors, deepening a market rout that has now led to losses of $65bn in the group’s…

Japan upgrades Q3 GDP as global recession, COVID risks linger

Follow us on all social media, type “HICGI News Agency” Tokyo says economy contracted 0.8 percent in July-September period, compared with earlier estimate of 1.2 percent. Japan’s economy, the world’s third-largest, shrank less than initially estimated in the third quarter, bolstering a view that it is slowly recovering from COVID-19 doldrums even as large export…

Qatar deports migrant workers after wage protest

By Merlyn Thomas At least 60 workers rallied outside Al Bandary International Group’s Doha offices on 14 August – some reportedly had not been paid for seven months. A number of protesters were detained and some were deported, although it’s not known how many. The government said those who were deported had “breached security laws”….

Japan may scrap COVID tests for travellers: Nikkei

East Asian country currently requires arrivals to produce a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of departure. Japan is considering scrapping pre-departure COVID-19 tests for travellers to the country, according to local media. Japan is one of the last remaining countries using border restrictions to control the virus, with arrivals required to present a…

Myanmar Junta Chief Vows No Talks With Opposition “Terrorists”

Updated at 0942 EAT on 27th March 2022. What you need to know •The military, known as the Tatmadaw, celebrated with a parade of troops and weapons in the capital, Naypyitaw, for the second year since overthrowing the elected government of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1, 2021. Myanmar’s junta chief on…