News in Asia

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Hello! This is a week of quick links. Enjoy!

Pakistan beat India by one wicket in the Asia Cup.

After receiving criticism from the U.S. State Department over its human rights violations, China fired back by pointing out that the U.S. doesn’t have a great track record in the arena of human rights either.

In an example of WTF?: Japan is reexamining the 1993 acknowledgment that the military used sex slaves during World War II.

Pakistan has the highest infant mortality rate in the world.

Things are pretty grim in Afghanistan too.

There is mounting evidence that there is mass corruption in the public food distribution system in India.

President Obama’s administration seems resigned to the fact that Afghan President Hamid Karzai will not sign a Bilateral Security Agreement. In a phone call to Karzai, President Obama informed him that he’s ordered the Pentagon to begin planning complete troop withdrawals by the end of the year.

There is a glimmer of hope for compromise in Thailand.

28 people were killed and more than a hundred injured when a group of people, wielding knives, began attacking people in a railway station in the southwest Chinese city of Kunming.

The Pakistani Taliban has announced a month-long ceasefire after peace talks fell apart in the wake of several deadly attacks.

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