Journalist faces Malaysian police grilling for migrant coverage May 04, 2020 0 97 12345 DPAKuala LumpurMalaysia’s communications and multimedia minister said on Sunday that he will ask officials not to “act against” a journalist facing police action for an article reporting on the arrests of hundreds of migrant workers.“I may not like ur piece but I will defend ur right to write it,” wrote Saifuddin Abdullah, responding on Twitter to a post by journalist Tashny Sukumaran - in which she said she has been summoned for questioning about a Friday report in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper.On Sunday, which is World Press Freedom Day, Saifuddin said he is “looking into” a telecommunications law under which the journalist will be questioned and which non-governmental mouthpiece Reporters Without Borders brands part of “a draconian arsenal” of codes undermining media freedom.A group of 586 undocumented foreign workers were rounded up by police on Friday during an operation to test around 3,000 migrants for COVID-19.The government defended the raid, but on Sunday the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia said it was “appalled.” More than 23,000 people have been arrested for alleged breaches of a strictly policed coronavirus lockdown imposed on March 18. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border: Seoul May 04, 2020 0 625 Russia sees record rise as virus cases surge past 130,000 May 04, 2020 0 384 Rohingya refugees relocated to controversial Bangladesh island after weeks at sea May 04, 2020 0 102 Nine killed in Indian Kashmir gun battles AFP Srinagar Five security personnel and four suspected militants have been killed in two gun battles in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. Tensions are high in the restive Himalayan region .. Philippines temporarily bars incoming international passenger flights DPA Manila The Philippines on Sunday temporarily barred all incoming international passenger flights to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country and to free up quarantine facilities amid a surge in returning .. Some Thai businesses reopen as public warned not to ‘let guard down’ DPA Bangkok Thailand partially reopened for business on Sunday, with people allowed to return to restaurants, markets, parks and sports clubs, as the government eased measures against the novel coronavirus, but also .. Nearly 100,000 evacuated after Uzbekistan dam bursts Tashkent Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan after an Uzbek dam burst, flooding thousands of homes and destroying agricultural fields. The wall of the Sardoba reservoir dam in .. South Korea to ease social distancing rules AFP Seoul South Korea said Sunday it will loosen social distancing rules this week to allow gatherings and events to take place after the number of new coronavirus cases dropped significantly in recent days. The country .. India’s military salutes virus workers with rose petals, flypasts New Delhi Helicopters showered masked health workers with rose petals and jets roared across the skies Sunday as India’s military paid tribute to frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the first .. Hong Kong to give all 7.4 million citizens reusable masks DPA Hong Kong Hong Kong’s government will distribute reusable face masks to all 7.4 million citizens next week as the territory prepares to lift a first round of coronavirus-related restrictions. The planned handouts ..