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2021/01/27 | Bryan Chou

Klook Defies Travel Slowdown, Raises US$200 Million Series E Funding

Travel booking startup Klook has raised a US$200 million Series E round to focus on staycations and digitize the tourism industry.

2021/06/04 | Deutsche Welle

Tiananmen Vigil Ban: Hong Kong Activists Lament Worsening Freedom in City

After authorities banned an annual vigil to commemorate the victims of China’s deadly Tiananmen Square massacre, Hong Kong activists at home and abroad are seeking ways to keep the tradition alive.

2021/02/28 | Voice of America

Myanmar Police Toughen Crackdown Against Anti-Coup Protesters

Myanmar’s post-coup government fired its U.N. envoy and AFP reports that live rounds have been used against protesters.

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.

2021/07/12 | Deutsche Welle

China Vows Retaliation After US Expands Trade Blacklist

Beijing said it would "take necessary measures" in response to Washington's move to blacklist over a dozen Chinese firms. The U.S. says the companies are linked to abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.

2021/05/19 | TNL Staff

Taiwan’s Level 3 Covid-19 Alert Expanded Nationwide

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung said the alert for the entire country will be in place until next Friday.

2021/06/30 | Voice of America

Thailand Migrant Workers Sign Contracts They Don’t Understand, Undercutting Efforts to Stop Abuses

Thailand is one of the world’s largest fish and seafood producers, boasting global brands that include John West and Chicken of the Sea, but still struggles with upholding migrant worker rights.

2021/01/15 | Bryan Chou

Indonesia Delays Migrant Worker Fee Exemption

Indonesia’s state agency in charge of migrant worker protection announced today that it will delay the implementation of the “exemption of placement fee policy” by six months.

2021/02/23 | Voice of America

India-China Border Disputes Persist Despite Troop Pullback

Analysts caution that the recent troop withdrawal represents only a start of a potentially long process as both Indian and Chinese soldiers remain massed along several other stretches of the Himalayan border.

2021/08/04 | Deutsche Welle

How Many Antibodies Does It Take To Be Immune to the Coronavirus?

Antibodies are important for a vaccination to work, but scientists don't yet know what level they must reach. The new delta variant poses another problem.

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.

2021/06/11 | Voice of America

Myanmar Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Faces New Corruption Charges

Prosecutors accuse Aung San Suu Kyi of “committing corruption using her rank” involving allegedly accepting illegal payments and misuse of land.  

2021/01/28 | Voice of America

As China’s  Gig Economy Booms, Concerns Grow Over Worker Protections

A Chinese food delivery worker set himself on fire to protest unpaid wages. With spotlight on their working conditions, China's gig workers are unlikely to get the legal aid to defend their rights.

2021/01/05 | Mongabay

As World Sours on Coal, Top Producer Indonesia Tries To Sweeten It at Home

Indonesia’s coal industry has been hit hard by the pandemic. The government’s solution triggers debate on the future of the country’s energy policy.

2021/08/16 | Voice of America

Analysts: China Expanding Influence in Africa Via Telecom Network Deals

Critics worry about government purchases of Chinese equipment enabling repressive regimes, but in many African markets, a lack of options has created a dependence on Beijing-financed projects

2021/01/22 | TNL Staff

Plan for Digital ID Card Suspended Amid Controversy

A plan to issue digital identification cards in July was suspended until a special law has been established to govern the matter.

2021/07/23 | Deutsche Welle

AI Protein Database Reveal is “a Great Leap” for Biology

The transformative AlphaFold neural network has predicted the structures of more than 350,000 proteins from various organisms. This could “fundamentally change biological research.”