Malaysia to allow majority of businesses to reopen next week as virus curbs eased

Malaysia’s economic sectors that involve large gatherings of people will not be allowed to reopen to help curb the spread of coronavirus. (AP)
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Updated 01 May 2020

Malaysia to allow majority of businesses to reopen next week as virus curbs eased

  • Economic sectors that involve large gatherings of people will not be allowed to reopen

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will allow the majority of businesses to resume operations from May 4, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Friday, easing restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.
Economic sectors that involve large gatherings of people will not be allowed to reopen, Muhyiddin said in a televised address.
Malaysia has shut all non-essential businesses and schools, banned public gatherings and restricted travel since March 18 as the number of coronavirus cases rose. Known coronavirus infections in Malaysia stood at 6,002 as of Thursday, and the pace of new cases have slowed in recent days.


France’s foreign ministry spoke to Turkish envoy to refute “inaccurate, bias” claims

Updated 02 July 2020

France’s foreign ministry spoke to Turkish envoy to refute “inaccurate, bias” claims

  • Turkey accused France of favoring eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar

PARIS: France’s foreign ministry said on Thursday it had spoken to Turkey’s envoy to refute “inaccurate and bias” claims he made during a hearing with French senators on Wednesday.

In the hearing ambassador Ismail Hakki Musa accused France of favoring eastern Libyan commander Khalifa Haftar and said French warships had been aggressive during an incident with Turkish warships on the Mediterranean last month.
“We wanted to make the necessary clarifications with him regarding the reality of the facts, omissions and inaccurate and biased information that he brought up during this hearing” Foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said in a statement.
She added that the envoy had been reminded of “the unacceptable character of Turkish behavior.”