Welcome to another week of news. We’ve got election news from countries other than the U.S., natural disasters, and a different version of the events of 9/11 from Afghanistan’s former leader.
Japan is currently dealing with the aftermath of massive flooding after the Kinugawa River overflowed its banks due to a tropical storm. This shows the satellite imagery before and after the flooding.
It seems like the upcoming presidential election is dominating the news in the States (though it’s more than a year out), but other countries are in the midst of their own elections. The governing party in Singapore won in pretty much a landslide. Something like 93% of citizens voted in the election, but that may be because voting is a mandatory in Singapore.
In other election news, campaigning has begun in Myanmar’s first open general election in 25 years.
Also, Japan’s current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was re-elected as the head of the ruling party.
In an interview with Al-Jazeera, former Afghan president Hamid Karzai denied the existence of al-Qaeda and stated they and Osama bin Laden were not responsible for the attacks on 9/11. This is of course opposite of the narrative U.S. leaders have espoused.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said that, despite a slowdown in its economy, China will hit all its economic goals this year. Translation: despite stock market crashes, there is nothing to worry about and nothing to see here.
A court in Mumbai convicted 12 people for the 2006 bombings of commuter trains in the city; they now face the death penalty.
The man who attacked the U.S. ambassador to South Korea with a knife a few months ago was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
In a “no-shit, Sherlock” op-ed piece, Trump’s policy towards Asia would be “disastrous.”
Finally, in good news for ex-pats everywhere, Netflix announced it is expanding into Asia early next year.