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The Asia-Pacific is home to more people than any other region. Centered on the western rim of the Pacific Ocean, this region includes the easternmost countries of continental Asia as well as the archipelagos that punctuate the coast.

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China’s virus death toll surpasses SARS but new cases fall

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China’s virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a...
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North Korea’s Hydroelectric Power – The Paektusan Hero Youth Power Stations

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Analysis by Peter Makowsky, Jenny Town and Samantha Pitz Background The series of three Paektusan Hero Youth Power stations and Sodusu Hydroelectric Power Station Dam are located along the Sodusu River,...
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New Yalu Bridge Construction Hits Another Milestone

Asphalt laying is complete on the Sinuiju-bound half of the highway Commercial satellite imagery indicates construction crews have completed paving the Sinuiju-bound half of the highway from the New Yalu...
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North Korea’s China Trade Suffers Coronavirus Shock

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BY: WILLIAM BROWN To no one’s surprise, North Korea’s trade with China, already down from levels severely diminished by United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions, fell 24 percent in January...
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It’s Time for the European Union to Talk to North Korea

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Commentary by Ramon Pacheco Pardo, Eric Ballbach, Sabine Burghart, Nicola Casarini, Mario Esteban, Lucia Husenicova, Sangsoo Lee, Françoise Nicolas, John Nilsson-Wright, Oskar Pietrewicz and Elina Sinkkonen Brussels has an ostensible...
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Russia to present several initiatives on pandemic effects mitigation to BRICS nations

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Russia will propose a number of initiatives to mitigate the consequences of the pandemic, including in the social and economic spheres, to the BRICS bloc member nations (Brazil, Russia,...

Oil drops below $60 as China virus drives demand concern

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Crude prices extended declines on Monday, dropping below $60 for the first time in nearly three months as the death toll from China’s coronavirus rose and more businesses were...
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China improves new J-20 stealth fighter with Russia’s help

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The Chinese stealth fighter J-20 entered service with the Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and numerous reports emerged indicating that the United States had lost its...
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Duterte poised to shake up the regional security order

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has never hidden his animus toward the United States. His tenure in Malacanang Palace has been marked by increasing belligerence toward his country’s ally and...

Shinzo Abe: Japan may end Tokyo state of emergency as early as next week

Japan may lift the state of emergency in Tokyo as early as next week if new coronavirus infections remain low, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Thursday, raising hopes...
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Iran announces ‘Axis of Resistance Defense Treaty’

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The Islamic Consultative Assembly of Iran announced on Monday that it will work on preparing a draft resolution on the “defense and security treaty...
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Lavrov points out UK’s double standards in regard to the Falkland Islands, Crimea

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London’s dissenting approaches to the situation with the Falkland Islands and the Crimean Peninsula is a display of double standards, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey...
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Navalny arrested until February 15

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Moscow’s Khimki Court has placed Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny under arrest until February 15, defense attorney Vadim Kobzev told TASS. "The Khimki Court ruled...
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Thousands of Illicit Bitcoin Mining Machines Seized in Iran

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Iranian police have confiscated some 45,000 bitcoin mining machines that were illegally using subsidized electricity. Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh, head of Iran’s...
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Russian Air Force launches dozens of strikes over central Syria

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The Russian Aerospace Forces launched several strikes over the central region of Syria on Sunday, as their warplanes targeted several Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) hideouts...