News in Asia

This week we’ve got a first from lady leadership, the spread of ISIS in Southeast Asia, and Oscar-winning female directors inspiring change.

Taiwan just elected its first woman president! Tsai Ing-wen won by a wide margin and is very anti-unification with China, though she does want peaceful relations. China claims that Taiwan is a part of mainland China.

In other lady leadership news, Aung San Suu Kyi will not seek an immediate change to Myanmar’s constitution, allowing her to become president. For now, she will appoint a ceremonial head of state

Many are worried about the spreading influence of ISIS in SE Asia after an attack at a Jakarta, Indonesia police traffic post in a busy shopping district. Seven people were killed and 23 injured.

Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is again nominated this year for her documentary A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness about honor killings. The nomination has prompted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to vow to pass laws punishing the practice. Chinoy won an Oscar for her documentary, Saving Face, profiling victims of acid attacks in Pakistan.

Nearly 70% of Pakistan was without power on Friday after a transmission line failure. Power was restored to the major cities.

This story goes into detail on how bad the air pollution really is in New Delhi, India.

This story is a bit upsetting… 73 short-finned pilot whales have died after getting stranded onshore in Tamil Nadu in India. Local fisherman have used mechanical boats to help some of the stranded whales back out to sea, but many return to shore.

While searching for wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, searchers found a 19th century shipwreck instead.




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