The US, the EU and Japan have all taken steps to restrict Russia’s capacity to borrow on international markets. “We’ve cut off Russia’s government from Western financing,” Biden said. “It can no longer raise money from the West and cannot trade in its new debt on our markets or European markets either.” Von der LeyenContinue reading “Japan announces sanctions on Russia after Ukraine crisis escalation – DW News Asia”
Ukrainian schools are preparing children for the possibility of a Russian invasion. Armed conflict with Russian backed separatists has been going on for years. But given the latest escalations, schools want their students to be prepared.
The so-called Islamic State has launched the largest-scale attack in Syria since it was defeated there in 2019. Their target was a prison holding jihadists in the northeast. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces say they repelled the attackers and recaptured all or most of the inmates who’d escaped in the chaos.
People have been rallying in cities across the UK to protest against a new bill they say is an attack on the right to demonstrate. The controversial ‘police and crime bill’ would grant police greater powers to crack down on disruptive protests, but critics say it will also make it more difficult to hold peacefulContinue reading “UK bill ‘limiting’ right to protest sparks outrage – DW News”
The last two weeks have seen the worst violence in Kazakhstan since it gained independence from the Soviet Union 30 years ago. The country’s importance in terms of raw materials and trade has made the unrest of particular interest to Europe and neighboring Russia. And its massive neighbor to the east, China, is also watchingContinue reading “Why Kazakhstan matters in China’s Belt and Road Initiative – DW News”
Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, 2021 brought more than its share of natural disasters. And as well as claiming around 10,000 lives, they also took a major financial toll. German reinsurer Munich Re says it was one of the most expensive years on record, with global damages estimated at around 280 billion dollars – only 120 billionContinue reading “Climate change to blame? 2021 produced the second-costliest disasters on record – DW News”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and leaders of the country’s 16 states agreed on a new raft of rules and restrictions on Friday to curb the spread of COVID-19. Scholz outlined new rules for restaurants and bars, while also shortening quarantine and self-isolation periods.
Russia is sending troops to Kazakhstan to support the government, which has been facing days of angry protests. For Moscow, there is more at stake than cementing its influence in a neighboring country shaken by unrest. After days of violent protests, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has vowed to destroy “armed bandits.” He gave “special thanks”Continue reading “Kazakhstan’s former head of national security detained on suspicion of treason – DW News”
The Omicron variant is causing skyrocketing rates of COVID-19 infections in countries around the world. The Director-General of the World Health Organization says he is extremely worried about the massive spike in cases driven by the simultaneous spread of Delta and Omicron.
Many regions in Asia saw challenges to their democratic form of governance in 2021. But there were always people who stood up to abuses of power. We look at how in Myanmar, Hong Kong, India and the Philippines.