The rebel Karen ethnic group in Myanmar claim that they captured a Myanmar army base,  near the country’s border with Thailand, A spokesman for the Karen National Union (KNU) said that the group on 27th April attacked the base at 5 a.m. and burned it down.  The Bangkok Post has quoted some eyewitnesses living inContinue Reading

In a major blow to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Japan’s ruling party lost all three parliamentary by-elections held Sunday.  The seats from Hokkaido, Nagano and Hiroshima were won by candidates backed by the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan  “I humbly accept the election results as the judgement by theContinue Reading

The Indonesian navy has said d items were found from a missing submarine, indicating the vessel with 53 crew members had sank and there was no hope of finding survivors.   Navy Chief Yudo Margono said rescuers found several items from the KRI Nanggala 402, which disappeared after its last reported dive Wednesday off the resortContinue Reading

The US will provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 from both the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development.   A press statement by Antony J Blinken, the US Secretary of State said:  resident Biden was clear that while the United States will withdraw military forces fromContinue Reading

Chinese President Xi Jinping has confirmed that he will take part in a climate summit hosted by Joe Biden.   Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Xi would attend the Earth Day virtual summit of 40 world leaders and deliver a speech through video link.  Xi will participate in the online event byContinue Reading

The much anticipated Afghanistan Peace Summit in Turkey has been postponed. “We thought that it would be beneficial to postpone it … We consulted Qatar, the United States and the United Nations and decided to hold it after Ramadan and Eid festivities,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was quoted by  the Haberturk news channel.  “TheContinue Reading

The Philippines will resume administering AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine to people below 60 years of age.   “The benefit outweighs the risk. Only a small percentage of the population had these adverse effects for AstraZeneca,” Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire told a regular news conference, in an apparent reference to countries where blood clots were reported.  HealthContinue Reading

The Myanmar Junta has said that it planning to release more than 23,000 prisoners nationwide on the occasion of Buddhist new year.  However, it remains unclear whether anti-junta protesters or journalists jailed covering the coup will be among those freed.  In February too, the junta released a similar number of prisoners.  Photo Credit : https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Protest_against_military_coup_(9_Feb_2021,Hpa-An,_Kayin_State,_Myanmar)(9).jpgContinue Reading

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said that rising COVID-19 cases have put Cambodia on the brink of death.   “Please my people – join your efforts to end this dangerous event,” pled Mr Hun Sen in a recorded address aired on state-run television late Wednesday night.  “We are on theContinue Reading

Speaking in Brussels, the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said that it is time NATO forces should come back from Afghanistan.  Speaking alongside NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, Blinken said “we have achieved the goals that we set out to achieve.”   “I am here to work closely with our allies, withContinue Reading