News in Asia

The last week was filled with terrible news from all over….

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a small tsunami, but there were no reports of major damage or deaths.

Police and security shot tear gas and water cannons at protesters in Seoul. An estimated 10,000 people marched in protest of high youth unemployment and new textbooks that allegedly de-emphasize South Korea’s history as a communist dictatorship. Many also called for President Park Geun-hye’s resignation.

A smooth transition to Myanmar’s new government has been promised by the old military one. The opposition party, led by Aung San Suu Kyi, won the majority.

Most of the news is focused on the attacks in Paris (and some are focused on similar attacks in Beirut and Baghdad). Leaders in Southeast Asia, particularly in Malaysia, are becoming increasingly nervous about ISIS.

Amnesty International reports that the Chinese government that suspects in police custody are subject to torture.

Speaking of China, many think that U.S, President Obama will challenge the Chinese government at the upcoming Asia-Pacific summit in the Philippines.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a visit to the U.K.

This story talks about a school for young acrobats in China.

Violence against Afghan women seems to be on the rise.

Rains and floods in China triggered landslides that killed 16 people.

Because everything is awful, I leave with a panda video. It’s from a couple of years ago, but I figured cuteness is forever, right?




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