With borders and businesses closing, world hunkers down
With borders slamming shut, schools and businesses closing and increasingly drastic restrictions on movement, tens of millions of people were hunkered down on March 17, heeding government calls to isolate themselves and slow the spread of the new coronavirus.
From Southeast Asia to Europe to the Americas, people found their lives upended by lockdowns and social distancing.
Malaysia is Closing its Borders Completely
Malaysia will ban its citizens from traveling abroad and foreigners from entering the country through drastic measures announced by the prime minister on Monday aimed at curbing the spread of the deadly new coronavirus.
The schools will also be closed under the new rules, which will be in force for two weeks Wednesday, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said.
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Malaysia’s Mahathir loses bid to return as prime minister
Malaysia's king on Feb. 29 appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the country's new leader, trumping Mahathir Mohamad's bid to return to power after a week of political turmoil that followed his resignation as prime minister.
Turmoil in Malaysia as PM Mahathir submits resignation
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, at 94 the world's oldest leader, submitted his resignation to the king on Feb. 24 after a bid by his allies to bring down the government and block the succession of leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.
Malaysia Suspected that the Pilot of the MN370 Flight has Intentionally Crashed the Plane
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said senior Malaysian officials initially suspected the pilot of a Boeing 777 on Malaysian Airlines (flight MN370) for intentionally causing the plane crash nearly six years ago.
A Dutch MH17 secret intelligence document leaked: Now all theories are going down
Until now, it was considered that Russia should be held responsible for the downing of the plane, which killed all passengers and crew members (a total of 283 passengers, including 80 children, and 15 crew members), as the aircraft was shot down over the territory of Ukraine controlled by rebels supported by Russia.
14 Rohingya die, dozens unaccounted for as boat sinks off Bangladesh
At least 14 people drowned and dozens more were unaccounted for after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off southern Bangladesh early on Feb. 11, officials said.
Some 130 people were packed on the fishing trawler that was trying to get across the Bay of Bengal to Malaysia, coast guard spokesman Hamidul Islam told AFP. Seventy of them had so far been rescued.
Turkey won't allow 'deal of century' to threaten peace: President
Turkey will never allow the peace in the region to be disrupted by the U.S.' so-called "deal of century" Mideast peace plan, said Turkey's president on Feb. 9.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's remarks came in a statement he sent to the current 3rd Conference of the Inter-parliamentary Jerusalem Platform in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur.
Russia may buy Turkish food products replacing China's
Russia may import fruit, vegetable, and seafood products from Turkey or Morocco, replacing imports from China amid coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Feb. 5.
Death toll in China's coronavirus outbreak rises to 491
he death toll in China from the novel coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 491, the country's National Health Commission (NHC) said on Feb. 4.
In a statement, the commission said 24,324 confirmed cases have been reported so far and 65 people have died in the last 24 hours.