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Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal
July 27, 2021

Weightlifter Guryeva Wins Turkmenistan’s 1st Olympic Medal

By James Ellingsworth
The silver medal is Turkmenistan’s first since independence in 1991.

After Massive Floods, Zhengzhou’s Subway Becomes a Public Mourning Site
July 27, 2021

After Massive Floods, Zhengzhou’s Subway Becomes a Public Mourning Site

By Dake Kang
At least 71 people perished in last week’s floods in Henan Province, including 14 who were trapped on the flooded subway in Zhengzhou.
Bhutan’s Vaccination Program Scales New Heights
July 27, 2021

Bhutan’s Vaccination Program Scales New Heights

By Wasbir Hussain and Rishi Lekhi
The Himalayan kingdom fully vaccinated 90 percent of eligible adults within a week.

Tajikistan’s Latest COVID Outbreak: The Rahmon Family
July 27, 2021

Tajikistan’s Latest COVID Outbreak: The Rahmon Family

By Catherine Putz
Tajikistan’s leaders declared the country COVID-free back in January, but the recent death of the president’s sister, reportedly from COVID-19, exposes the reality: The pandemic isn’t over.

Bangladesh’s Coming COVID-19 Catastrophe  
July 26, 2021

Bangladesh’s Coming COVID-19 Catastrophe  

By Masum Billah
The country withdrew restrictions for a week to celebrate Eid festival. Health experts now fear that the situation may spiral out of control in the weeks ahead.

Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Exacerbates Hardships for Women
July 23, 2021

Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis Exacerbates Hardships for Women

By Rajin Rayamajhi and Tracy Fehr
The economic and health impact of the pandemic has disproportionately fallen on women – especially single women.

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows
July 23, 2021

Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony: The Attendees and the No-Shows

By Thisanka Siripala
Japan’s spectatorless Opening Ceremony welcomes world leaders and sponsors amid a COVID-19 state of emergency.
Ghost in the Machine: A Faceless, Famous Chinese Blogger Goes Silent
July 23, 2021

Ghost in the Machine: A Faceless, Famous Chinese Blogger Goes Silent

By Jesse Turland
An anonymous Chinese tech and political blogger called “Program-Think” stopped posting in May, and rumors are swirling as to why.

How the Milk Tea Alliance Is Remaking Myanmar
July 23, 2021

How the Milk Tea Alliance Is Remaking Myanmar

By Jasmine Chia and Scott Singer
Why the social media-based movement, and not ASEAN, offers a vision for a democratic and federalist Myanmar.

The Kris Wu Sex Scandal and China’s Search for Morality in Public Figures
July 21, 2021

The Kris Wu Sex Scandal and China’s Search for Morality in Public Figures

By Jo Kim
In China, celebrities are under greater political and societal pressure to refrain from “immoral conduct.”  Is this the Chinese version of cancel culture?

Illicit Sale of Kidneys is Thriving in Assam
July 21, 2021

Illicit Sale of Kidneys is Thriving in Assam

By Rajeev Bhattacharya
Demand for kidneys far exceeds supply, creating a thriving Indian black market in the vital organs.
Factory Fire Reveals Bangladesh’s Child Labor Problem
July 21, 2021

Factory Fire Reveals Bangladesh’s Child Labor Problem

By Samaya Anjum
Child workers were among the casualties of the July 8 fire, shedding terrible light on an all-too-common problem.

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