News in Asia

Welcome to another week. Here’s the news.

The death toll from the Nepalese earthquake has now risen to 8000 and to make matters worse, three tremors have hit the region this past weekend.

This piece on Al Jazeera talks about the increased risks to those Nepalese who are pregnant in the aftermath of the earthquake.

A helicopter crash in Pakistan killed seven people, including ambassadors from Norway and the Philippines.

A couple of years ago, there was talk about the United States’ foreign policy pivoting towards Asia. Now, Russia and China are trying to cement a relationship.

In the ongoing fight over maritime territories, China warned Filipino warplanes away from disputed areas.

Bollywood star Salman Khan was sentenced to five years in jail for killing a homeless man in Mumbai, but his sentence has been suspended, pending an appeal.

The debate over immigration in the States tends to center around people from Central and South America moving to the US. However, China and India have surpassed Mexico as the home country of those coming to the States.

In Thailand, more than 50 police officers have been punished because of links to human trafficking.

Hundreds of Rohingya refugees were rescued off the coast of Indonesia after fleeing Myanmar.

South Korea’s National Intelligence Service reported that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials. North Korean officials denied the whole thing.

India’s Home Ministry is cracking down on foreign NGOs including Greenpeace and the Ford Foundation. Now, they are focusing on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Four men have been sentenced to death for instigating the mob that killed a young woman called Farkhunda in Kabul four months ago.

New Zealand’s glaciers are melting at an alarming rate.

Since I try to include art and fashion news periodically, I have to bring up the 2015 Met Gala. This year’s theme was China: Through The Looking Glass. You would think that the celebrities attending would look to Chinese fashion designers to dress them, but the majority of them wore the dresses by Western designers. There were a few exceptions, most notably Fan Bingbing who wore a beautiful Christopher Bu ensemble (my personal favorite) and Rihanna who SLAYED when she showed up in a magnificent frock by Guo Pei. Here is Rihanna talking about how she found the dress.


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