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Myanmar releases prisoners for New Year, though likely not dissidents

April 17, 2021

Authorities in Myanmar will release 23,184 prisoners from jails across the country on Saturday under a New Year amnesty, a Prisons Department spokesman said.

These countries were Covid success stories. Why are they lagging behind on vaccine rollouts?

April 16, 2021

New Zealand and Australia were once lauded for their success in containing the spread of the coronavirus. But now they're being criticized for their failure to quickly vaccinate their populations against Covid-19. What went wrong?

Nepal's rhino population grows as pandemic pauses tourism

April 15, 2021

Nepal's population of one-horned rhinos has increased to its highest number in more than 20 years, partly owing to a pause in tourism due to the Covid-19 pandemic that allowed the animals' habitats to regenerate, conservationists said.

Analysis: John Kerry's Shanghai visit tests whether US and China can cooperate and disagree at the same time

April 15, 2021

The bipolar nature of the current US-China relationship is on full display this week, as envoys from Washington land in both Taipei and Shanghai, prompting Beijing to issue angry rebukes and hopes for greater engagement respectively.

UN rights chief fears Myanmar heading to 'full blown conflict' with echoes of Syria

April 14, 2021

The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, has warned Myanmar is heading toward a "full blown conflict" with "clear echoes" of Syria in 2011, unless the international community steps in to stop the violence.

Japan to start releasing treated Fukushima water into sea in 2 years

April 13, 2021

Japan plans to release into the sea more than 1 million tonnes of treated radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear station, the government said on Tuesday, a decision that is likely to anger neighbors such as South Korea.

Vaccines sell out in Pakistan as private market opens, raising concerns of inequality

April 12, 2021

Pakistan is in a tight spot: Covid-19 cases are surging during a third wave, hospital beds are filling up, and the government vaccination program is progressing slowly due to delayed deliveries and limited supplies.

Myanmar's military is charging families $85 to retrieve bodies of relatives killed in crackdown

April 12, 2021

Myanmar's military is charging families $85 to retrieve the bodies of relatives killed by security forces in a bloody crackdown on Friday.

In South Korea, patients pay for a star plastic surgeon -- and get operated by a ghost doctor

April 11, 2021

One Friday night, Kwon Tae-hoon received a call.

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