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Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991
September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southeast Asia’s Coming COVID-19 Vaccine Windfall
September 04, 2020

Southeast Asia’s Coming COVID-19 Vaccine Windfall

By Sebastian Strangio
There are risks, but the region has a lot to gain from the international race to find an effective vaccine.
Afghans Return to Games, Parks, Weddings Despite Virus Fears
September 03, 2020

Afghans Return to Games, Parks, Weddings Despite Virus Fears

By Associated Press
Desperate for relief from endless war combined with the pandemic, Afghans are rushing back to public recreation as the government eases the lockdown.

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 
September 01, 2020

Small Openings in Central Asia’s Pandemic-Closed Borders 

By Catherine Putz
Kyrgyzstan opened a major border crossing with Uzbekistan, but will Tashkent let its citizens cross it?

How COVID-19 Wreaked Havoc on South Korea’s Labor Market
August 28, 2020

How COVID-19 Wreaked Havoc on South Korea’s Labor Market

By Vladimir Hlasny
Despite a resolute response by the government, COVID-19 has taken a serious bite out of the South Korean economy.

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply
August 28, 2020

Kazakhstan Settles Deal With Russia for Vaccine Supply

By Catherine Putz
Russia's vaccine has not completed critically important phase III trials, but Kazakhstan has made a deal for access if Sputnik V proves effective.

Australia to Open Travel Corridor for Seasonal Workers
August 24, 2020

Australia to Open Travel Corridor for Seasonal Workers

By Joshua Mcdonald
With borders still closed, the Australian agriculture industry is facing a looming summer shortage of workers. 
Death and Denial in Turkmenistan
August 19, 2020

Death and Denial in Turkmenistan

By Catherine Putz
The Turkmen government’s inconsistent messaging about the nature and nearness of the COVID-19 pandemic threat has doomed its citizens to confusion and death.

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?
August 19, 2020

Are Schools in the Philippines Ready to Open in a Pandemic?

By Mong Palatino
The start of the school year in the Philippines has been delayed, again. Can the Duterte government gets its act together?

Educating Bangladesh’s Children Amid the Pandemic
August 14, 2020

Educating Bangladesh’s Children Amid the Pandemic

By Dipu Moni
Digital schooling is the new normal, and that can be an advantage for the Global South.

Inside the Epicenter of Vietnam’s COVID-19 Resurgence
August 05, 2020

Inside the Epicenter of Vietnam’s COVID-19 Resurgence

By Hugh Bohane
In Da Nang, residents broadly welcome the Vietnamese government's aggressive response to the shocking resurgence of COVID-19.
Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges
August 03, 2020

Philippine Capital Returning to Lockdown as Virus Surges

By Associated Press
Starting Tuesday, the metro Manila area and five densely populated provinces will revert to strict quarantine regulations.

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