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ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Asia Pacific Aug 4, 2021

ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar

Foreign ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations have appointed Brunei's second minister for foreign affairs, Erywan Yusof, as special envoy to Myanmar, the group said on Wednesday. Erywan has been tasked with ending violence in Myanmar and opening dialogue between the military rulers ...

An endless first wave: How Indonesia failed to control the virus

Asia Pacific Aug 20, 2020

An endless first wave: How Indonesia failed to control the virus

Only last week Luhut Pandjaitan, Indonesia’s maritime minister and close confidant of the country’s president, touted herbal mangosteen juice as a coronavirus remedy. His suggestion was the latest in a string of unorthodox treatments put forward by the president’s Cabinet over the past six months, ...