MORNING NEWS BRIEF [March 17, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [March 17, 2021]

MORNING NEWS BRIEF [March 17, 2021] 150 150 Cambodia Development Center
HOT NEWS
  1. Biden will impose sanctions on Russia following the declassification of a 15-page report by the NIC, revealing Putin’s involvement in the U.S. 2020 election. Source: Sputnik
  2. Japan and the U.S. opposed the destabilizing behavior of China, which is inconsistent with the international orders and presents a number of challenges in the region. Source: CNA
  3. Russia will extend the suspension of travel service with the UK until mid-April as a response to secure health and prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. Source: TASS
WORLD
  1. A report by the UN Watchdog revealed that Iran has begun enriching uranium using a highly advanced centrifuge known as the IR-4 in a further breach of 2015 nuclear pact. Source: Reuters
  2. Syrian military stated that Israel launched attacks in the area of Damascus but their air defense managed to shoot the missiles down with no casualties reported. Source: Reuters
  3. The EU proposed to boost delivery of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Janssen, where they will receive 300 million doses by June 2021. Source: Xinhua Net
REGIONS
  1. U.S. Air Force General warned of the possibility that DPRK might begin testing its inter-continental ballistic missile soon, which will cause further security tension. Source: The Straits Times
  2. Thousands of residents i  n Myanmar fled from homes following the deadly anti-government protests, while the EU prepared to approve sanctions against the coup’s leaders. Source: The Straits Times
  3. China has approved the fourth COVID-19 vaccine; that is currently on the last phase trials in Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Indonesia; for emergency uses. Source: CNA
CAMBODIA
  1. Cambodia’s total exports to Vietnam increased by 14.8 percent in 2020 despite both countries imposing border restrictions in order to fight the COVID-19 spread. Source: AKP
  2. PM Hun Sen made an announcement to form an ad-hoc commission for COVID-19 vaccination program which will be led by H.E. Dr. Or Vandine, MoH’s Secretary of State. Source: AKP
  3. MOWRAM announced that there will be rain, thunder, lightning and slight drop of temperature from March 17th to 23rd and urged people to remain cautious. Source: Khmer Times