News in Asia

We’ve got some quick links this week as I’m traveling to see my brand new niece (who has already mastered the art of the fist bump).

Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party won 282 out of 543 parliamentary seats, paving the way for Modi to become India’s next Prime Minister. Many are wary of this, given Modi’s history.

Despite deadly anti-Beijing riots in Vietnam, China will continue drilling in the South China Sea.

The Philippines are also pissed at China for trying to claim water and territory that doesn’t belong to them.

The turmoil continues in Thailand with anti-government protesters disrupting plans to hold new elections.

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani are in a second round runoff for the Afghan presidency.

TRIGGER WARNING FOR RAPE!

Pakistani police arrested a teacher and two friends who were accused of gang-raping a college student. Normally, such acts are not reported and stigmatized, but a large crowd gathered outside the courthouse and threw food at the accused.

Also, Afghanistan has signed its first satellite deal.

Many senior officials of the Laotian government were killed in a plane crash this weekend.

An apartment building collapsed in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang. No reports came out about the collapse for five days and there is no solid number of those killed or injured. In a rare move, government officials offered apologies to the family members of those who lived in the complex.

A portrait of Malala Yousafzai by a British artist sold for $100,000 and the proceeds will go to the Malala Fund. The money will eventually be given to Nigerian nonprofits that focus on education for women and girls. The move protests the kidnapping of girls in Nigeria.

 

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Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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