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China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities
November 24, 2020

China Tests Millions After Coronavirus Flareups in 3 Cities

By Associated Press
Recent flareups have shown that there is still a risk of the virus returning, despite being largely controlled within China.

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial
November 10, 2020

Turkmenistan Still Persists in COVID Denial

By Catherine Putz
ASAP or maybe never: In August, the WHO wanted to visit Turkmenistan ASAP to test suspected COVID-19 samples. To date, no new mission has taken place.
Uzbekistan to Host Chinese Vaccine Trials
November 09, 2020

Uzbekistan to Host Chinese Vaccine Trials

By Umida Hashimova
Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical, a Chinese company, will run some of its phase three trial in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.

In India, Polluted Air Spells Trouble for Virus Patients
November 07, 2020

In India, Polluted Air Spells Trouble for Virus Patients

By Associated Press
Air pollution in parts of New Delhi has climbed to levels around nine times what the World Health Organization considers safe.

Facing Pandemic Economic Woes, Nepal Reopens to Adventurers
November 05, 2020

Facing Pandemic Economic Woes, Nepal Reopens to Adventurers

By Associated Press
The reopening is mostly limited to those seeking to to climb or trek Nepal’s famous peaks.

Former Kazakh Health Minister Detained in Corruption Probe
November 04, 2020

Former Kazakh Health Minister Detained in Corruption Probe

By Catherine Putz
Birtanov was minister until late June when he resigned after contracting COVID-19.

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled
November 03, 2020

Tajiks Stuck in Russia, Flights Home Cancelled

By Catherine Putz
A pair of November 1 charter flights from Moscow to Dushanbe were cancelled.
A Trickle of Chinese Tourists Return to Thailand, With Hopes of More to Come
October 23, 2020

A Trickle of Chinese Tourists Return to Thailand, With Hopes of More to Come

By Jason Hung
The arrival of the first Chinese tourists in Thailand under the Special Tourist Visa program is a good sign for the Thai economy.

Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19
October 20, 2020

Uzbek Weddings in the Time of COVID-19

By Ezoza Yakvalkhodjieva
The pandemic has managed to do what the Uzbek government hasn’t been able to: temper lavish wedding practices. But will moderation last?

Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves
October 16, 2020

Why Bangladesh Must Let the Rohingya Speak for Themselves

By Saad Hammadi
Any durable solution for the Rohingya will not come through more restrictions on their lives.

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express
October 16, 2020

Pandemics and the Post: Mongolia’s Pony Express

By William Taylor
The most famous horse-based postal relay came with the rise of the great Mongol Empire in the 13th century.
Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 
October 09, 2020

Amid a Pandemic, Evictions Plague the Philippines 

By Michael Beltran
How can Filipinos, especially low-income families, stay at home when they are being forced into homelessness? 

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