MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 05, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 05, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 05, 2021] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [JANUARY 05, 2021]

HOT NEWS
  1. Saudi Arabia and ally nations will sign a US-brokered deal to resolve the long-standing rift in the Middle East, in which they will call off the blockade made on Qatar in 2017. Source: Sputnik
  2. China urged the U.S. to be reasonable and rational over claims of COVID-19 origin, and protect the well-being of the people through their own effort and international cooperation. Source: China.org.cn
  3. Mexico will offer political asylum to WikiLeaks founder, Julain Assange, after the British judge rejected his extradition to the U.S. to stand in trial for espionage charges. Source: France24
WORLD
  1. Israel has authorized Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and secured 6 million doses, the second vaccine to be approved in the country after Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine. Source: Reuters
  2. Netherland and Germany denied the entry of non-essential travels of UK nationals as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU took effect starting from January 1. Source: The Guardian 
  3. Prime Minister Johnson announced that the UK will go into a third nationwide lockdown as the UK’s health system is under critical pressure from rising COVID-19 cases. Source: CNA
REGIONS
  1. ROK’s flagged chemical tanker in Gulf water was seized by Iran’s revolutionary guard amid tension between Tehran and Seoul stemming from Iran’s frozen assets in ROK’s bank. Source: CNA
  2. China called for better bilateral relations between Argentina in promoting Belt and Road Initiation and enhancing the comprehensive strategic partnership between them. Source: Xinhua Net 
  3. Singaporean Health Minister announced that the nation will expect more COVID-19 vaccines from Moderna and Sinovac in the next few months. Source: The Straits Times
CAMBODIA
  1. Bilateral trade between Cambodia and Thailand reached USD6.6 billion in the first eleven months of 2020 which is 22% lower than the value in 2019. Source: AKP
  2. H.E. Veng Sakhon said that Cambodia has produced 936,000 tonnes of fisheries products, 3,590 tonnes of which were exported to foreign markets in 2020. Source: AKP
  3. A group of former opposition party CNRP will set up and register with the Ministry of Interior new party to challenge with  CPP in next year’s community election. Source: Khmer Times