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SANAA -- Yemen's government on Monday welcomed the move by the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to designate the Houthi militia as "a terrorist organization," the Yemeni Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"Yemen welcomes Washington's resolution to designate Houthi militia as a terrorist organization," the ministry said in the statement, reported by the state Saba News Agency.

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PHNOM PENH -- Cambodia, supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), on Monday launched a national back to school campaign to encourage children to return to classrooms while practicing safe behavior to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As the new school year starts, and with COVID-19 still a global challenge, this campaign will be crucial in making school environments as safe as possible, said a joint press statement.

"Our priority throughout the pandemic has been keeping children safe, while also doing all possible to maintain their education," Hang Chuon Naron, minister of education, youth and sports, said in the statement.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's most influential and largest annual technology event, kicks off Monday and runs through Jan. 14 -- but this time with a twist amid the pandemic.

Instead of flooding 2.9 million square feet of exhibit space in Las Vegas with over 170,000 attendees and 4,000 exhibitors from all over the world, CES 2021's programming is all moving online, the first time in the CES' over five-decade history.

"Our all-digital CES is going to provide a safe and meaningful way to gather the tech industry," said Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES.

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JAKARTA -- Indonesia needs 36,000 more hospital beds in anticipation of a spike in COVID-19 cases until early February, Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin said Monday.

Sadikin said the number of beds needed to treat COVID-19 patients account for about 30 percent of the total active cases.

"Now there are around 120,000 active cases, so the need for beds is 36,000," Sadikin told a virtual press conference.

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NAIROBI -- The East African Business Council (EABC), a regional private-sector trade lobby, on Monday called for the removal of barriers related to COVID-19 to boost trade among countries in the region.

EABC CEO Peter Mathuki said the lowering and harmonization of COVID-19-related charges in the East African Community (EAC) will ease the cost of doing business and boost intra-EAC trade.

"This is set to support businesses to be more resilient and rebound amidst the COVID-19 pandemic," Mathuki said in a statement.

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