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2021/08/18 | Voice of America

New Zealand Locks Down after One Covid-19 Case

Strong response towards New Zealand's first Covid-19 case in six months. It is suspected to be caused by delta variant, but not confirmed.

2021/08/19 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Will The Army’s Ban on ‘Virginity Tests’ Last?

The Indonesian army says it will no longer conduct virginity tests on women applying to join the forces, but there are worries that the ban might not last long.

2021/08/20 | Dr. Bonny Ling

The Pain of Evacuations

What are the chances that our local colleagues, neighbors, and friends can be left well and unharmed when all the journalists, humanitarian workers, and diplomats leave?

2021/08/20 | Voice of America

Why Russia Backs China in Disputes With Third Countries

Russia and China hope to blunt US influence in Asia as Washington and its allies exert influence in the region.

2021/08/23 | Deutsche Welle

Coronavirus Digest: Israel Finds Vaccine Booster Lowers Infection Risk

People over 60 saw significantly improved protection from infection and serious illness compared with those who received two shots, Health Ministry data found.

2021/08/25 | Voice of America

Harris Says China Coercing, Intimidating in South China Sea 

U.S. vice president, Kamala Harris, cited Chinese intimidation in the South China Sea along with a need to maintain freedom of navigation and commerce as the main focus moving forward.

2021/08/27 | Deutsche Welle

Covid: Japan Suspends 1.6 Million Moderna Vaccine Doses

The move came "out of an abundance of caution" after reported contamination in some of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine vials in Japan, the company said.

2021/08/30 | The Conversation

Why It Will Soon Be Too Late To Find Out Where the Covid-19 Virus Originated

Time is running out to determine the origin of Covid-19. A member of the WHO virology team tells what can be done now and how this will influence our response to future pandemics.

2021/08/31 | Voice of America

In Thailand, Aerospace Engineers Turn Their Skills to Covid-19

With the virus pushing Bangkok’s hospitals to the brink, a new website is connecting the sick with people willing to assist.

2021/09/01 | The Interpreter

Deliberate Ambiguity Of China’s New ‘Territorial Waters’ Declaration

A hastily introduced regulation requiring vessels to register may be contrary to the rights of innocent passage.

2021/09/02 | Voice of America

North Korea Rejects Covid Vaccines, Saying Hard-hit Nations Have Greater Need

UNICEF had allocated 2.97 million does to North Korea, which reported it has found no cases of Covid-19.

2021/09/07 | The Conversation

Who Will Replace Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s Prime Minister? Here’s a Rundown of the Candidates.

With a weakened opposition, the Liberal Democratic Party would still be favored to retain power in the Diet after the general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain Japan’s prime minister.

2021/09/10 | The Interpreter

China’s Digital Currency Takes Shape

A new central bank system to control the flow and exchange of money dovetails with Beijing’s big tech crackdown.

2021/09/15 | The Interpreter

US Engagement in Southeast Asia: How Much Will Be Enough?

Complaints about America’s attention to the region need to be put in proper context.

2021/09/17 | Deutsche Welle

Indonesia: Jakarta Court Rules in Favor of Residents’ Clean Air Bid

A court has ordered President Joko Widodo and other top officials to take measures to tackle air pollution. It's a landmark ruling for the residents who filed the case, but not everyone is celebrating.

2021/09/29 | Deutsche Welle

US General Defends Calls With Chinese Military During Trump Presidency

Top U.S. General Mark Milley told Congress that the Defense Secretary and others knew about his call to his Chinese counterpart, to reassure Beijing that former President Donald Trump was not preparing a sudden attack.