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Bangladesh 20th among countries with most coronavirus cases

Bangladesh 20th among countries with most coronavirus cases

Only Qatar is now between Bangladesh and China, where the pandemic began, on the list, according to tallies by the Johns Hopkins University.       Another 2,828 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the 24 hours to 8 am on Friday, bringing the tally of infections to 60,391, the health directorate said. The official death toll …Read more

Indonesia Rejects China’s Offer for South China Sea Talks

Indonesia Rejects China’s Offer for South China Sea Talks

Indonesia on Friday rejected a Chinese offer for negotiations on the South China Sea, as Jakarta reiterated that it had no overlapping claims with Beijing in its exclusive economic zone. The Chinese government, in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres on Tuesday, acknowledged it had no territorial dispute with Indonesia but said the two …Read more

Trump orders US troop reduction in Germany — report | DW | 05.06.2020

Trump orders US troop reduction in Germany — report | DW | 05.06.2020

US President Donald Trump on Friday told the Pentagon to reduce the number of troops stationed in Germany, a senior US official told the Wall Street Journal.  Last September, former US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell threatened such a move if Germany did not increase its defense spending. The 9,500 soldiers slated to move would be …Read more

Thai NGOs Urge Government Not to Buy Power from Sanakham Dam in Laos

Thai NGOs Urge Government Not to Buy Power from Sanakham Dam in Laos

A dam planned for construction by Laos on the Mekong river will have negative impacts not only on Lao villages but also in nearby Thailand, a coalition of Thai environmental groups says, adding that the government in Bangkok should cancel plans to buy electricity from the controversial project. The 684-megawatt Sanakham dam would be the …Read more