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Priyanka Chopra gets a wax statue at Madame Tussauds museum in New York

The statue will also be unveiled in Australia, UK and Asia

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February 8, 2019


Japan imposes $9 ‘tourism tax’ on people leaving the country

It wants to use the money to encourage more tourism

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January 7, 2019


Protests break out after Pakistan’s Supreme Court acquits Aasia Bibi

She was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010

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October 31, 2018


Cancer to kill 10 mn in 2018

The toll is rising as populations expand and grow older, and people in developing nations adopt unhealthy, high-risk lifestyles

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September 12, 2018


Millions risk malnutrition as CO2 levels climb

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air threaten to sap wheat, rice, and other staple grains of valuable nutrients, raising the spectre of mass malnutrition, researchers warned Monday. On current trends, higher CO2 concentrations could reduce iron, zinc and protein levels in the crops that feed the world by up to 17 percent by…

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August 27, 2018


The status quo, multidimensional poverty, and child labor

Out of the 218 million children employed into the workforce worldwide, 62.1 million of the child labor takes place in Asia and Pacific, meaning that in prevalence, 1 in every 14 children is a victim of child labor in Asia and Pacific. The International Labor Organization coins the term “child labour” as work that deprives…

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August 22, 2018


Asian Games: Indonesia welcomes Asia with explosive opening ceremony

A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent’s elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games

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August 19, 2018


Asian Games 2018 to kick off with a colourful opening ceremony

The 2018 Asian Games will kick off in Indonesian city of Jakarta on Saturday with a colourful opening ceremony which include performances by 4000 dancers and a 100-member orchestra.

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August 18, 2018


Asian countries denounce ‘real threat’ of global trade war

Asian countries have voiced concern about the potentially devastating impact of a US-China trade war, with ministers calling for the acceleration of talks for a gigantic Beijing-backed free-trade deal that excludes the United States

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August 5, 2018


Plastic wasteland: Asia’s ocean pollution crisis

A Vietnamese mangrove draped with polythene, a whale killed after swallowing waste bags in Thai seas and clouds of underwater trash near Indonesian “paradise” islands — grim images of the plastic crisis that has gripped Asia. About eight million tonnes of plastic waste are dumped into the world’s oceans every year, the equivalent of one…

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June 5, 2018


China’s Xi, India’s Modi seek new relationship after summit

The leaders of China and India agreed to open a new chapter in their relationship on Saturday after an informal summit, just months after a dispute over a stretch of their high-altitude Himalayan border rekindled fears of war. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spent around 24 hours in the central Chinese city of Wuhan for…

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April 28, 2018


Saudi Arabia to cut oil exports to Asia in January

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will trim crude exports to Asian customers in January to help accelerate the re-balancing of the international oil market. An energy ministry spokesman said state-owned Aramco will maintain “steady supplies to the United States and Europe while exports to Asia will be reduced by more than 100,000 barrels…

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December 11, 2017


Bitcoin hits new record; climbs above $12,000

Singapore: Bitcoin smashed through the $12,000 barrier for the first time Wednesday, extending the virtual currency’s stratospheric rise to new records as it gears up to take its place on mainstream markets. The controversial cryptocurrency, which has been used to buy everything from a pizza to manicures, touched a new high of $12,590 in Asian…

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December 6, 2017


Trump arrives in Vietnam for summit of Asia-Pacific leaders

DANANG, Vietnam: U.S. President Donald Trump landed in Vietnam on Friday for a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) nations, the fourth leg of his 12-day Asia trip, reported Reuters. The White House has said Trump will set out a U.S. vision for a “free and open Indo-Pacific region” in a speech in the beach…

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November 10, 2017


Some bad news about Earth’s climate

Paris: Scientists monitoring Earth’s climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news in 2017, adding to the urgency of UN talks in Bonn next week tasked with ramping up efforts to tame global warming. Here’s a summary of recent findings: – 1.1 degrees – Earth’s average surface temperature last year was a record…

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November 3, 2017


Trump to travel to Asia Nov. 3-14: White House

WASHINGTON D.C.: Donald Trump will travel to Asia next month for the first time since becoming president, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by the North Korea nuclear threat. Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel Nov. 3-14. His visit will include attending…

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September 29, 2017


Here are all the countries that have banned Uber

NEWS DESK: Uber is one of the world’s most popular apps, but it’s not without controversy. Transport for London announced on Friday that the ride hailing app’s private hire licence will not be renewed after 30 September, as Uber “demonstrate[s] a lack of corporate responsibility in relation to a number of issues which have potential public safety and…

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September 24, 2017


Uber hikes Hong Kong fees amid legal troubles

HONG KONG: Uber Technologies Inc UBER.UL hiked on Monday its Hong Kong fees by up to 80% after a review of its business there, the embattled ridesharing company said, adding it was not having issues financing its operations in the Asian financial hub, reported Reuters. The San Francisco-based technology company, which recently suspended its services…

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August 21, 2017


Nearly 600 dead in S. Asia floods

NEW DELHI: Nearly 600 people have died and millions have been affected by monsoon floods in South Asia, officials said Saturday, as relief and rescue operations continued. The latest floods and landslides in the subcontinent began in the second week of August, as the annual monsoon strengthened its grip over the northern and eastern parts…

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August 19, 2017


Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

BRUSSELS: A scandal involving eggs contaminated with insecticide spread to 15 EU countries, Switzerland and as far away as Hong Kong on Friday as the European Commission called for a special meeting on the growing crisis.

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August 12, 2017


Asia security forum to push social media use to fight extremism

MANILA: More than two dozen Asian countries will agree to utilize social media to counter the spread of violent extremism in the region, according to a draft statement being prepared ahead of a top security gathering on Monday. Foreign ministers from the 10-member Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and from 17 dialogue partner-countries…

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August 6, 2017