Global meth market continues to boom despite coronavirus and lockdowns |The World

The UN says while the world is focusing on COVID-19, the production of methamphetamine is continuing to hit record highs. The UN Office of Drugs and Crime says the latest data suggests prices have dropped significantly in Australia, the Pacific, and throughout Asia. All the while the COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the cartels down. … Read more Global meth market continues to boom despite coronavirus and lockdowns |The World

Australian researchers look beyond COVID-19 to prepare for next pandemic | ABC News

The rapid spread of coronavirus has revealed gaping holes in our biosecurity regime. With many of the recent deadly infections such as SARS, MERS and swine flu originating in animals, Australian scientists will train animal workers in south-east Asia to become ‘disease detectives’. Alison Xiao reports. Read more here: For more from ABC News, click … Read more Australian researchers look beyond COVID-19 to prepare for next pandemic | ABC News

Coronavirus – The Latest – Tuesday 21 April

Subscribe to our daily Coronavirus podcast with analysis of the impact on health, business and travel in the UK and beyond: https://www.playpodca.st/coronavirus In this episode: UK deaths hit a twenty-year high, reports the virus may have peaked and how Singapore went from leading the global response to having the most cases in South-East Asia. We’re … Read more Coronavirus – The Latest – Tuesday 21 April

Experts warn of renewed coronavirus outbreaks around the world | ABC News

Public health experts say the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak will continue to shift until a vaccine is found. A so-called ‘second wave of infections is already reaching countries praised for their success in containing the outbreak, like Singapore and Japan. Noth are expected to cope, but there concerns about outbreaks in other parts of … Read more Experts warn of renewed coronavirus outbreaks around the world | ABC News

Martin tried to help build a school in Cambodia. When the money ran out, he was jailed | ABC News

A Christian missionary from Sydney is being detained in Cambodia after getting caught up in a legal dispute over a school development. Martin Chan, 49, has been in jail since last November but his wife maintains he’s innocent. South-east Asia correspondent Amy Bainbridge reports, Image: Supplied/Deborah Chan Read more here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-31/australian-arrested-in-cambodia-over-orphanage-dispute/11907404 For more from ABC … Read more Martin tried to help build a school in Cambodia. When the money ran out, he was jailed | ABC News

Chinese dams costing Mekong River locals their livelihoods | ABC News

China is being blamed for causing havoc with water levels in the upper reaches of the Mekong River system. Communities in northern Thailand say the Jinghong Dam is changing the natural cycle of the Mekong. And there’s growing alarm about the impact that’s having on the River’s ecosystem and the millions of people who rely … Read more Chinese dams costing Mekong River locals their livelihoods | ABC News

New human species found in the Philippines

Scientists have found a few bones and seven teeth belonging to a previously unknown species of human. They’ve named the new species Homo luzonensis, after the island of Luzon in the Philippines where it was found. The bones are tiny, suggesting that Homo luzonensis was under 4 feet tall. That would make it the second … Read more New human species found in the Philippines

2010 Opium Cultivation up 22% in South-East Asia

According to a report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, opium cultivation in Lao PDR, Thailand and Myanmar is up by 22% on 2009. The potential value of the “heroin harvest” in 2010 rose to US$ 219 million – an increase of US$ 100 million over the 2009 estimate, and a monetary increase … Read more 2010 Opium Cultivation up 22% in South-East Asia

Thai Prime Minister Sets Out Vision for South-East Asian Community

The conference of South-East Asian countries have begun formulating an answer to free trade agreements in Europe and America. Foreign Ministers from around the world are meeting in Phuket for the 42nd Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) conference to discuss security, co-operation and strategy. At the opening ceremony for the conference H.E. Mr. Abhisit … Read more Thai Prime Minister Sets Out Vision for South-East Asian Community