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  • Friday April 17th, 2020

Morning News Brief [April 17, 2020]

Morning News Brief [April 17, 2020]

Morning News Brief [April 17, 2020] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center
HOT NEWS
  1. The U.S. stepped up its pressure on China by trying to identify where the deadly virus originated and asked China to come clean on what it knows. 

Source: Al Jazeera 

  1. China urged the World Bank to postpone poor countries’ debt payments amid the pandemic, saying the world’s biggest multilateral development bank should lead by example.

     Source: Reuters 

  1. The U.S. Republican supported Trump to withhold the aid to the WHO with some suggestion that the resumption would be made until the WHO Chief resigns.

Source: CNA

WORLD
  1. The UK ruled out the deadline extension for reaching Brexit despite the delay caused by the COVID-19, and both sides will carry out three negotiation rounds by video conference.

Source: RFI

  1. Trump’s plan to reopen the economy consists of three phases namely to call on teleworking, to resume non-essential travel, and to open all venues with limited social distancing.

Source: ABC News

  1. The UK extends lockdown by at least another three weeks, of which the restriction has been in place since March 23, in an attempt to prolong its shelter-in-place restriction.

Source: CNBC

REGIONS
  1. Xi and Putin spoke over a phone call on Thursday night to reaffirm mutual support in the fight against COVID-19 and denied the politicalization of the pandemic.

Source: Xinhua Net 

  1. Shinzo Abe declares a nationwide state of emergency in a bid to prevent the further spread of coronavirus and to stop a mass movement of people until May 6.

Source: Japan Times

  1. Duterte threatened to place the Philippines under a martial law-like lockdown as more and more people ignored the restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus.

Source: The Straits Times

CAMBODIA
  1. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia calls for the Government to review the State of Emergency Draft Law.

Source: Thmey Thmey

  1. According to IMF, Cambodia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is anticipated to be -1.5 percent for 2020 due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Source: Thmey Thmey

  1. Cambodia’s Aviation sector has plummeted because of extreme COVID-19 travel restrictions, which is going down by more than 90 percent as of this April.

Source: Khmer Times

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