Wednesday 27 January 2021
January 23, 2021
WHO: Equitable Vaccine Distribution at ‘Serious Risk’
This week the head of the World Health Organization warns the world is on the brink of a "catastrophic moral failure" over the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. This comes after some countries are already well underway with their vaccination campaigns
January 22, 2021
New York City's Oldest Bookstore Pleads for Help and People Answer
Amid the COVID pandemic, one of America's most famous and oldest bookstores, The Strand, called for help – and book lovers answered. Anna Nelson has the story, narrated by Anna Rice. VOA Khmer's Leakhena Sreng narrates.
January 15, 2021
Iraqis Disabled by IS Pursue Volleyball Dreams
A number of Iraqis who have lost limbs during the war against the Islamic State in Mosul are now chasing their dreams of becoming professional volleyball players. VOA’s Kawa Omar reports from Mosul, in this story narrated by Namo Abdulla. VOA Khmer's Vanrith Chrea narrates.
January 14, 2021
Turkish-Chinese Extradition Law Alarms Uighur Refugees in Turkey
Turkey has been providing refuge for Uighurs fleeing Chinese persecution, but rights groups are worried that Turkey’s parliament is poised to pass an extradition treaty with China. As Dorian Jones reports from Istanbul, this also has alarmed the Uighur community in Turkey.
January 13, 2021
In Japan, Worshippers Take Frosty Plunge Against COVID-19
In Japan, an annual Shinto ritual of soul purification this year included prayers for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. Social distancing guidelines forced a much smaller gathering than in previous years, but as VOA’s Arash Arabasadi reports, believers still turned out – and stripped down – for the a
January 08, 2021
US Governors Work to Speed Up Vaccine Distribution
More than two-thirds of the 15 million coronavirus vaccines shipped within the United States have so far gone unused. As Mariama Diallo reports, some states are vowing to penalize hospitals that fail to dispense shots quickly enough.
January 06, 2021
China Leads in Media Repression in 2020
The world’s leading jailer of journalists censored and arrested those covering COVID-19, delayed visas and imposed restrictions on Chinese nationals working for foreign press outlets and introduced a national security law in Hong Kong that authorities used to detain high-profile journalists and pro-
January 05, 2021
Thailand's 2020 Marked by COVID Pandemic, Economic Slump, Protests
Thailand contended with a multi-pronged crisis in 2020 - the COVID pandemic, an economy flatlined by it, and a youth-led pro-democracy movement demanding widespread reform to Thai society and its once untouchable monarchy.