Mexico Doctors Brace for COVID Upsurge

Mexico has seen a drastic increase in coronavirus cases in the last few days, prompting the government to announce strict social distancing guidelines. However, up until about a week ago, the Mexican government had done very little to prevent the spread of the disease. VOA reporter Iacopo Luzi spoke via Skype with two doctors about […]

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Biden Assails Trump’s Coronavirus Response 

WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the likely Democratic presidential nominee in the November national election, accused Republican President Donald Trump on Sunday of being slow to react to the coronavirus threat and still lacking the drive now to deal with the pandemic.  “It’s about urgency and I don’t think there’s been enough […]

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US Links International Aid to Fixing Afghan Political Dispute

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The United States has linked international aid for Afghanistan to the settlement of a protracted political crisis, which has seen the war-shattered country politically paralyzed and threatens to derail a nascent peace-building deal with the Taliban insurgency. Separately, an American military spokesman has rejected insurgent allegations it was violating terms of the […]

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‘Low Risk” Business to Resume in Iran 

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that “low risk” economic activities would resume on April 11 as the country continues to battle an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.  “Restarting these activities does not mean we have abandoned the principle of staying at home,” Rouhani said in a televised meeting.  The president did not specify what constitutes […]

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In Malaysia, It’s Out With the New, in With the Old 

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA – With parties championing Malaysia’s Malay Muslim majority back in power following February’s spectacular collapse of Mahathir Mohamad’s reformist Pakatan Harapan, or Coalition of Hope, government, many expect a conservative turn with more race-based policies that risk raising tensions in the multiethnic country. Pakatan, which had toppled the long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition […]

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