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Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High
Tokyo Report

Japan to Limit Hospital Care as COVID-19 Cases Hit New High

By Mari Yamaguchi
The home isolation policy is meant to ensure that hospital care is available for seriously ill patients.

Taliban Claim Attack in Kabul as Cries of Defiance Echo
The Pulse

Taliban Claim Attack in Kabul as Cries of Defiance Echo

By Catherine Putz
An hour after the blast in Shirpoor, Afghans in Kabul and elsewhere took to their rooftops to cry “Allahu Akbar” into the night in defiance of the Taliban.
The Biden Administration’s China Sanctions Dilemma
Trans-Pacific View

The Biden Administration’s China Sanctions Dilemma

By Jin Kai
Washington keeps adding new sanctions on China, despite a distinct lack of results.

Coup Brings ‘Bad New Days’ to Myanmar’s Mining Communities
ASEAN Beat

Coup Brings ‘Bad New Days’ to Myanmar’s Mining Communities

By Daniel Combs
Myanmar’s military and ethnic armies are waging a war for control over the country’s natural resources – and the enormous profits that come with them.

ASEAN Ministers Pick Brunei Diplomat as Envoy to Myanmar
ASEAN Beat

ASEAN Ministers Pick Brunei Diplomat as Envoy to Myanmar

By Jim Gomez and Eileen Ng
After three months of deadlock, the Southeast Asian bloc finally settled on a candidate.

Malaysian PM Defies Calls to Resign, Claiming Parliamentary Majority
ASEAN Beat

Malaysian PM Defies Calls to Resign, Claiming Parliamentary Majority

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Muhyiddin agreed to subject himself to a motion of confidence when parliament reconvenes next month.

India’s Divided Opposition Unites Over Pegasus Spyware Controversy – At Least for Now
The Pulse

India’s Divided Opposition Unites Over Pegasus Spyware Controversy – At Least for Now

By Kavita Chowdhury
Demands are growing for the Narendra Modi government to come clean on its role in the global snooping scandal.
The World Needs a New Marshall Plan
The Debate

The World Needs a New Marshall Plan

By Rizal Ramli
With the pandemic causing economic devastation, the stage is perfectly set for political crises.

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact
ASEAN Beat

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The unsurprising revelation hints at the fundamentally transactional nature of Duterte's approach to the superpowers.

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia
Flashpoints

With Eyes on Afghanistan, Russian Military Exercises in Central Asia

By Catherine Putz
Meanwhile, Russian diplomats continue to press support for a negotiated settlement between Kabul and the Taliban, with a side of shade thrown at the Americans.

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan
Crossroads Asia

Upcoming Parliament Elections Present New Opportunities and Challenges for Kyrgyzstan

By Ilgiz Kambarov
Kyrgyzstan’s parliament will shrink and change after the next election, expected later this year, under new legislation and a new constitution.
Taliban Take Much of Provincial Capital in Southern Afghanistan
The Pulse

Taliban Take Much of Provincial Capital in Southern Afghanistan

By Tameem Akhgar and Rahim Faiez
Nine out of 10 districts in Helmand’s provincial capital were under Taliban control as of August 3. 

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