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Lao News:

Laos would benefit from Myanmar-Bangladesh Ties

Myanmar is one of Bangladesh’s closest neighbors with historic connectivity going back centuries. The 271 km long Bangladesh-Myanmar border is very important for Bangladesh due to its strategic position, although at present the area is militarized due to its ongoing internal conflicts. Were this to be resolved, Bangladesh could develop routes via Myanmar to access […]

Lao News:

Lao Farmers Driven From Their Land by Foreign Concessions, Rising Costs

Lao villagers have given up farm work in growing numbers in recent years. Due to rising costs and the loss of land to large development projects, many are now moving to the cities to find work instead as laborers, with the help of services like Sunrise Moving to shift their things feasibly, Lao sources say. […]

Human Rights:

Chinese Billionaire Who Helped Rights Lawyers Describes ‘Inhumane’ Detention

Agriculture billionaire Sun Dawu, who is currently standing trial in the northern Chinese province of Hebei on a slew of charges that rights activists say are politically motivated, was subjected to “cruel and inhumane treatment,” his defense team from a law firm based in Tulsa said. Sun, 67, is on trial at the Gaobeidian Municipal […]

Asian News:

Thai Government’s Bungled Vaccine Rollout Unites Historically Divided Public in Anger

BANGKOK – Anger is building at the administration of Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-Cha for a slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout, which has left just 5% of Thais inoculated amid the deadliest wave of the coronavirus pandemic to hit the country, and as health officials warn the worst is yet to come. Thailand reached a record […]

U.S. News:

US Considering Ways to Aid Cubans

The United States is examining potential ways to aid the people of Cuba following anti-government protests this month that were the biggest on the island nation in decades. Senior administration officials who spoke to news agencies on the condition of anonymity said the steps under consideration include changes to remittances that would allow people in […]

N Korea
Asian News:

North Korean Agricultural Quotas Unrealistic Due to Equipment Shortfalls

North Korea has ordered its farmers to begin planting crops, but many farms in the country have yet to be plowed due to a severe lack of adequate farming machinery, sources told RFA. During January’s Eighth Party Congress, the central government said that, prior to the coronavirus pandemic, North Korea had been too reliant on […]

Lao News:

Laos Sees Huge Jump in COVID-19 Cases, While Lockdown in Cambodia Threatens Food Security

Laos on Monday saw its biggest jump in cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, since the pandemic began more than a year ago, as the impoverished nation expanded a lockdown and added additional capacity at treatment centers to deal with the drastic rise in infections. Rattanaxay Phetsouvanh, director general of the Communicable […]

Asian News:

EXPLAINER: How are the Myanmar protests being organized?

Protests in Myanmar against the military coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s government from power have grown in recent days despite official efforts to make organizing them difficult or even illegal. Here’s a look at who is organizing the protests and the obstacles they face: IS PROTESTING ALLOWED? It was a grey area for […]

Asian News:

Myanmar coup: Aung San Suu Kyi detained as military seizes control

Myanmar’s military has seized power after detaining Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders. Troops are patrolling streets in major cities and communications are limited. The top army commander is now in charge and a one-year state of emergency has been declared, army TV announced. The move follows a landslide win by Ms […]

U.S. News:

Trump Raises China Concerns as Reason to Veto Defense Bill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump offered a new rationale Sunday for threatening to veto the annual defense policy bill that covers the military’s budget for equipment and pay raises for service members: China. He did not outline his concerns. Republican and Democratic lawmakers say the wide-ranging defense policy bill, which the Senate sent to the […]