News in Asia Is All Over

We’ve got a bunch of news and I’m going to try and cover as many countries as possible in this edition.

But before we get to that, this article explores why some Asian countries still experience large scale conflict, even with enormous economic growth.

This story featured on NBC News tells the story of an Indonesian girl who disappeared during the tsunami four years ago and was presumed dead. She’s recently been found alive.

Pope Francis is heading to South Korea on his first visit to an Asian nation. It’s part of a wider global focus and Catholicism in Asia is growing faster than in any other region besides Africa. Pope Francis also plans to visit Sri Lanka, the Philippines and hopefully Japan.

Malaysian Airlines is becoming nationalised in the wake of two major disasters for the airline.

In Afghanistan, a U.S. general was killed by an Afghan soldier, making him the highest ranked U.S. officer to be killed in the war.

One more top news story from there, Secretary of State John Kerry announced a deal to form a unity government in Afghanistan with U.S. backing. This comes after disputes over results of the presidential election.

Top Khmer Rouge leaders have been found guilty for crimes committed under the regime. An estimated two million people were believed to have died during the Khmer Rouge’s reign.

A Korean American man named Peter Hahn has been detained by Chinese authorities. Han runs a Christian NGO in the region, which borders North Korea. Apparently China has been cracking down on Christian missionaries in the area.

India has passed a bill that would try minors as adults for serious crimes like murder and rape.

A Nigerian man who was quarantined in Hong Kong has tested negative for the Ebola virus.

Finally, as a tie-in to the fashion article from a couple of weeks ago, this article features some of the top Pakistani designers at the prestigious Lakmé Fashion Week in India.

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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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