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Cambodia’s PM Hun Sen Hints at State of Emergency as Coronavirus Cases Trend up

Cambodia’s Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday said he is considering requesting that King Norodom Sihamoni declare a state of emergency as the number of infections from the coronavirus neared 100 in his country. Speaking to some 400 doctors, nurses, and volunteers in the capital Phnom Penh, Hun Sen warned that under a state of emergency, some freedoms would be curtailed, and urged human rights groups to refrain from criticizing the government. ..

Atambayev Trial Begins With Postponement

AdvertisementOn Monday, March 23, the trial of former Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev began in a court in Bishkek. It was soon adjourned and postponed to next week. Atambayev and 13 co-defendants have been charged with a bevvy of crimes stemming from the clash between Atambayev’s supporters and government forces last August. Atambayev, who served as Kyrgyz president from December 2011 to November 2017, had a gradual falling out with his hand-..

North Korea’s Exports to China Collapse Amid Coronavirus

AdvertisementUN sanctions prohibiting the export of key items such as coal, textiles, and seafood had already shrunk North Korean exports to China to minimal levels over the last two years, but the outbreak of the coronavirus has seen what remained of North Korea’s exports to China largely collapse in the first two months of 2020. In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in North Korea, the regime in Pyongyang was one of the first go..

Border Closures in Eurasia Complicate Migrant Worker Movement

AdvertisementAs Central Asia began registering earlier this month its first cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus now spreading across the world, the region’s migrant workers were on the move. In spring each year, a significant number of Central Asians migrate for seasonal work — many to Russia. The coronavirus, wrecking havoc on even the most advanced healthcare systems the world over, is also causing devastating economi..

Philippines Enters National Emergency as Coronavirus Outbreak Fears Grow

AdvertisementThe Philippine Congress on Tuesday approved a bill declaring a national emergency and authorizing the president to launch a massive aid program for 18 million families and tap private hospitals and ships in fighting the coronavirus outbreak as the Southeast Asian state’s case total continues to rise. President Rodrigo Duterte can reapportion the executive department’s budget under the legislation, which will also punish people disobe..

What Does the New Double Explosive Attack Mean for Southern Thailand’s Insurgency?

AdvertisementLast week, we saw a new double explosive attack take place in southern Thailand, just weeks after another round of revived talks between the government and separatists in a long-running insurgency. The attack spotlighted the ongoing challenge of trying to bring an end to the violence in what remains one of Asia’s deadliest ongoing conflicts. There has been little progress so far in ending a new wave of violence in Thailand’s Malay-Mu..

US Shames Afghan Leaders’ Obstinance as Pandemic Looms

AdvertisementWashington’s unprecedented threat to cut $1 billion in Afghanistan funding — a response to the refusal of rivals in Kabul to work together to advance peace — comes at a time when the impoverished nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday both President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, blamed one another for failing to resolve the feuding, which prompted U.S. Secretary ..

COVID-19: Countering the Economic Contagion

AdvertisementAt the rate it is spreading across the world, COVID-19 has become a global nightmare. Since China informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of a cluster of 41 patients with mysterious pneumonia on December 31, 2019, the world has seen COVID-19 cases balloon to 334,981 across 189 countries and territories, with 14,652 deaths, at the time of writing. In the Philippines, from the first case confirmed on January 30, 2020 (a 38-year-ol..

Uzbekistan and Tajikistan Engage in Joint Military Exercises

AdvertisementWhen President Shavkat Mirziyoyev came to power, good relations with the neighboring countries was at the center of his foreign policy. He has stayed true to this course and numerous activities on a number of tracks have been taking place in the past four years. One track for cooperation is military collaboration between Uzbekistan and its neighbors; such cooperation was absent prior to Mirziyoyev’s presidency. On March 11-14, Tajik..

North Koreans Put Out of Work by COVID-19 Resort to Drug Trafficking

North Korean restrictions on business activities and social movement to prevent the spread of coronavirus have driven already struggling traders to take up meth trafficking, sources in the isolated country told RFA. A resident of North Hamgyong province told RFA’s Korean Service Wednesday that government bans on business activities are finding it difficult to make ends meet. “They could barely keep their heads above water when they could do bus..

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