Philippines allows churches to resume Mass as caseload tops 20,000 Jun 05, 2020 0 54 12345 DPAManilaThe Philippine government on Thursday announced it was allowing churches to resume Mass and other religious gatherings in areas with a low risk of coronavirus infections.Religious gatherings and work conferences are allowed to take place at 50-per-cent venue capacity in areas under the so-called modified general community quarantine, the most lax restriction protocol, said presidential spokesman Harry Roque.Dine-in services have also been allowed in restaurants in these areas, according to a resolution by the country’s coronavirus task force.“This is good news for those who really want to go to church,” Roque said.The Department of Health reported 634 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, bringing the national tally to 20,382. There were also 10 more deaths, bring that toll to 984, it added.Nearly 60 percent of the cases and more than 74 percent of the deaths were in the capital, Metro Manila, which is under a stricter quarantine protocol until the middle of the month. Pages 123 RELATED ARTICLES India, Australia strengthen defence ties as China tensions loom Jun 05, 2020 0 803 Hong Kong protesters defy ban, rally to remember Tiananmen Jun 05, 2020 0 719 Rohingya refugees running scared from coronvirus tests Jun 05, 2020 0 39 Taiwan urges Beijing to acknowledge Tiananmen crackdown AFP Taipei Taiwan called on China to officially acknowledge the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown on Thursday, as the island marked the anniversary of the day student-led protests were violently crushed by tanks. Hundreds of .. South Korean prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir Seoul South Korean prosecutors are seeking an arrest warrant for Samsung Group heir Lee Jae Yon, as part of an investigation into a controversial merger between two group units five years ago, local media reported on .. Japanese student held after two killed with crossbow Tokyo Japanese police on Thursday arrested a university student suspected of killing two members of his family with a crossbow and injuring two others in a rare violent crime in the country. Police in Takarazuka city near .. Spike in Malaysia virus cases as migrants are infected AFP Kuala Lumpur Malaysia reported 277 coronavirus cases Thursday, its biggest daily increase, due to a growing outbreak at a migrant detention centre, sparking accusations the government is failing to protect .. Thousands attend funeral ceremony of well-known cleric in Kabul DPA Kabul Despite a pandemic, several thousand people, including politicians and government officials, attended the funeral ceremony of a well-known cleric who was killed by a bomb earlier this week. The funeral .. N Korea threatens to end military agreement over activists’ leaflets DPA Seoul North Korea has threatened to pull out of a military agreement with South Korea unless the government in Seoul takes action on activists sending leaflets into the reclusive neighbouring nation. South Korean ..