Category Archives: Asia

AP Interview: Climate deal caps a long quest for UN chief

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — When international negotiators reached a first-of-its kind climate alter agreement in Paris this month, the United Nations' normally low-key leader, Ban Ki-moon, celebrated onstage, arms raised…

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Indigenous Bolivian women scale mountains outside La Paz

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — At first glance, the indigenous Bolivian women don't look much like mountain climbers, with their colorful, multilayered skirts & fringed shawls. But their helmets, polarized…

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Image of Asia: Beijing skies masked by smog

In this photo by Ng Han Guan, a woman adjusts her mask during a heavily polluted day in Beijing. The city of 22.5 million people had a red alert for…

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EU doubles aid to drought-hit Papua New Guinea to tackle food, water shortages

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An El Niño-related drought & frost have triggered severe food & water shortages in Papua New Guinea's highlands, prompting the European Commission to more than…

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Turkey's Erdogan talks man on bridge out of suicide

Istanbul (AFP) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his celebrated rhetorical skills to save a life on Friday, preventing a man from jumping off Istanbul's Bosphorus Bridge. The man…

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China arrests third Japanese, detains another for spying: Tokyo

Tokyo (AFP) – Japan has confirmed Chinese authorities have arrested a third Japanese citizen & detained another on suspicion of spying. The series of arrests & detentions could strain already…

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Activists call for witness protection as major Thai human trafficking trial begins

By Alisa Tang BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thai authorities must step up witness protection for a major human trafficking trial with the accused including an army general & one…

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Japan PM Abe's cabinet approves largest defence budget

Tokyo (AFP) – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's cabinet on Thursday approved Japan's biggest ever annual defence budget, as the country bolsters its military amid territorial rows & concerns over China's…

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Image of Asia: Seen in the sky, Santa and a reindeer

In this photo by Shizuo Kambayashi, window cleaners Yuta Uetake, dressed as Santa Claus, & Toru Yamashita, dressed as a reindeer, work at a shopping mall in Tokyo on Christmas…

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Leading MMA promoter bans weight-cutting by dehydration

Manila (AFP) – Prominent Asian mixed martial arts promoter One Championship announced Thursday it is banning weight-cutting by dehydration, weeks after one of its fighters died, reportedly following an attempt…

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