Thu, 09 Dec 2021

WELLINGTON -- New Zealand will move into the new COVID-19 traffic light system on Dec. 3, which provides the ability for businesses and events to re-open to vaccinated Kiwis, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday.

All of New Zealand will move into the COVID-19 Protection Framework at 11:59 p.m. local time on Dec. 2, making Dec. 3 the first day the traffic light system will be in operation, Ardern told a post-cabinet press conference. (New Zealand-COVID-19 Protection System)

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SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating rose 2.2 percentage points over the week to 39.5 percent last week, a weekly poll showed Monday.

The negative assessment on Moon's conduct of state affairs slipped 1.8 percentage points to 57.1 percent, according to the Realmeter survey.

Support for Moon's ruling Democratic Party gained 1.8 percentage points from a week earlier to 30.3 percent last week. (South Korea-Presidential Approval Rating-Weekly Poll)

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ISLAMABAD -- At least four people were killed and four others injured in a firing by unknown men on a vehicle in Mastung district of Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province on Sunday, local media reported.

According to the media, the incident took place in the Wali Khan Bypass area of the district from where the assailants ran away immediately. Afterward, the victims were shifted to a nearby hospital.

No group or individual claimed the incident yet. (Pakistan-Firing)

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KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia reported another 4,854 new COVID-19 infections as of midnight Sunday, bringing the national total to 2,586,601, according to the health ministry.

Twelve of the new cases are imported, with 4,842 being local transmissions, data released on the ministry's website showed.

Another 24 deaths have been reported, bringing the death toll to 30,002. (Malaysia-COVID-19 Update-Vaccination)

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