Asia Briefs: 33 new Zika cases in Thailand

33 new Zika cases in Thailand

BANGKOK • Thai health officials yesterday said 33 new Zika virus cases have been detected in the country as officials step up screening for high-risk groups such as pregnant women.

Thailand has reported more than 680 cases of Zika since January but its Department of Disease Control has said the virus is manageable.

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Uber set to be shown the exit in Taiwan

TAIPEI • Taiwan plans to ask Apple and Google to pull apps of Uber Technologies available on their app stores, a government official said yesterday.

Uber operates in Taiwan as an Internet-based tech platform rather than a transportation company, which Taipei said is a misrepresentation of its service, and has ordered it to pay back taxes.

REUTERS

'Two tigers killed or trafficked every week'

HANOI • Two tigers are killed or illegally trafficked every week, says a fresh analysis that warned of the "disastrous impact" on the 4,000 big cats left in the wild.

Wildlife trade monitoring group Traffic estimates an average of 110 tigers have become victims of the trade each year since 2000, according to its analysis published yesterday.

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Indian minister being treated for kidney failure

NEW DELHI • India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj yesterday tweeted that she is being treated for kidney failure and undergoing tests for a possible transplant.

Ms Swaraj, a veteran leader of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, said she was undergoing dialysis at a private hospital in New Delhi.

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