News in Asia

Welcome to another week of news.

Since the major 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25, two more earthquakes have affected the already fragile region.

A military helicopter that disappeared while delivering aid was found, though no one on board is expected to have survived.

A program started in Nepal ten years ago that gave the drug misoprostol, which is used both to terminate pregnancies and stop postpartum hemorrhaging in order to help women in the more remote regions of Nepal, has become a vital strategy in the aftermath of the earthquake; misoprostol is now listed as an essential medicine by WHO.

There have been numerous stories about people fleeing Libya and Syria to settle in Europe, but there’s another humanitarian crisis that’s taking place in Southeast Asia at the moment. The Rohingya Muslims are leaving the persecution they’ve experienced in Myanmar and traveling to Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia by rickety boat. Many of the vessels are turned away, leaving the passengers stranded at sea with very little food and water.

In “Big Brother loves you” news: the Chinese government will have all key public areas monitored by video surveillance by 2020.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Beijing for a three-day summit.

The shadow play group El Gamma Penumbra from the Philippines are the first to win Asia’s Got Talent.

When Secretary of State John Kerry visits China and North Korea, one of the items on his agenda is cyberterrorism.

In news that isn’t at all surprising: women in India avoid wearing provocative clothing in order to try and avoid harassment and assault.

Finally, here are three Mongolian rappers you should all know about.


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