Ashley Westerman

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Bangladesh Sends 28 Rohingya Refugees To Cyclone-Prone Island Over COVID-19 Fears

Monday, May 04, 2020

The group, mostly women and children, had been stranded at sea for weeks. Human rights groups have long decried the government's plan to send refugees to flood- and cyclone-prone Bhasan Char island.


Indonesia Now Has The Most Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Southeast Asia

Friday, April 17, 2020

Health experts say low rates of testing and refusal to enact strict lockdowns have allowed the virus to infiltrate all 34 provinces of the archipelago nation.


'We'd Have To Abandon Our Daughters': Pandemic Delays International Adoptions

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Americans overseas trying to complete international adoptions have urged the government to expedite their children's visas so they can return as a family.


Small, Far-Flung Pacific Islands Are Combating COVID-19 Just Like The Rest Of Us

Saturday, March 28, 2020

As many island nations attempt to keep the coronavirus out, they also risk getting cut off from the outside world their economies depend on.


How To Talk About COVID-19 With People Who Have Autism

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Parents and caretakers of people with intellectual or developmental disabilities such as autism face unique hurtles in communicating about the coronavirus pandemic.


As Caucus Day Nears, Iowa Voters Guided By Big Health Care Changes

Friday, January 31, 2020

Health care has consistently polled as the No. 1 issue for Iowa voters. As they prepare to caucus, voters weigh which candidate to support and what health care should look like in the future.


Monsoon Rains Hit Indonesia Causing Massive Flooding In Jakarta

Monday, January 06, 2020

Flooding in Indonesia's capital Jakarta has killed at least 60 people and displaced thousands. For now, the rain has let up and people are starting to return home. But more heavy rain is expected.


Trying To Form The World's Newest Country, Bougainville Has A Road Ahead

Monday, December 30, 2019

After voting overwhelmingly for independence, the South Pacific island group now has to negotiate its separation with Papua New Guinea's government.


Some Pacific Island Nations Are Turning To China. Climate Change Is A Factor

Saturday, November 23, 2019

The Solomon Islands and Kiribati recently established ties with China. Economic considerations are a key driver, but both nations also cite concerns about climate change as a reason for the decision.


Cambodian Opposition Leaders Say Their Efforts To Return Have Been Thwarted

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Sam Rainsy of the now-banned Cambodia National Rescue Party was barred from boarding a plane from Paris to Thailand. His deputy was detained in Malaysia. Both risk arrest if they enter Cambodia.


What The Ouster Of The Royal Consort May Say About Where Thailand Is Heading

Friday, October 25, 2019

Some experts suggest King Maha Vajiralongkorn's firing of his consort may be an additional power move by a monarch who has worked to amass personal authority since he succeeded his father in 2016.


How Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch Became A Target In Ukraine

Friday, October 11, 2019

Marie Louise Yovanovitch was recalled after being targeted in a political campaign that's now a subject of a federal indictment. How did she make enemies in President Trump's world?


'We Need Support': Pacific Islands Seek Help And Unity To Fight Climate Change

Saturday, October 05, 2019

They are urging the international community for more resources to help manage climate change and calling for larger countries to cut their carbon emissions.


'Fake News' Law Goes Into Effect In Singapore, Worrying Free Speech Advocates

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

The law allows the government to determine what constitutes false information and stipulates hefty fines and jail sentences for people and media companies that violate it.


The Afghan Government Must Lead Peace Talks, Its National Security Adviser Says

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

After U.S.-Taliban talks excluded Afghanistan's government and collapsed last month, the senior official tells NPR that the only way to lasting peace is to include the country's leaders.


China's Ambassador To U.S. Reflects On 70 Years Of Communist Party Rule

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

On the anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the country's top diplomat in Washington says it has "no interest in global dominance or hegemony; we just want our people to have a better life."


Iran's Foreign Minister: 'Abandon The Illusion' That Tehran Will Cave To Pressure

Monday, September 23, 2019

In an interview ahead of this week's U.N. General Assembly, Mohammad Javad Zarif tells NPR that U.S. sanctions against Iran "will not be able to bring us to our knees."


50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fifty years ago, the song "Sugar, Sugar" by The Archies reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single by the cartoon band would go on to be named 1969's song of the year.


Violence Follows Pro-Independence Protests In Indonesia's Papua Region

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tensions between pro-independence supporters and government authorities in Indonesia's Papua and West Papua provinces have continued into a second week. The government has shut down Internet access.


Should Rivers Have Same Legal Rights As Humans? A Growing Number Of Voices Say Yes

Saturday, August 03, 2019

"Environmental personhood" was once considered a fringe issue, but several countries have granted rivers within their borders legal person status. Bangladesh became the latest in July.