News in Asia

Hi friends! Here is some of the week’s news from Asia.

In the ongoing search for the wreckage of AirAsia Flight 8501, searchers have recovered the tail of the plane and what appear to be the flight recorders. Here’s hoping they provide answers to what happened.

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa is voluntarily stepping down after 10 years as president after losing to Maithripala Sirisena.

Speaking of dispossessed leaders, former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has appeared before the National Assembly to defend herself against impeachment allegations.

North Korea has rejected an invitation for resuming talks by the South Korean parliament.

In a bid to end the Taliban insurgency, new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani offered several government positions to Taliban members; the Taliban turned them down.

Also, the war in Afghanistan has officially ended, but the drone war continues.

In a response to the killing of 12 people at the Parisian magazine Charlie Hebdo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook that “extremists in Pakistan have tried to sentence him to death.” That must be rough, bro.

A man who was acquitted of blasphemy two weeks ago was abducted and killed.

Also since news is mostly terrible, I am ending with a story of women who kick ass. A 28-year-old Pakistani woman, Fiza Farhan, made Forbes’ list of 30 under 30 social entrepreneurs. She founded the Buksh Foundation, a “microfinance institution that brings clean energy projects to poor and rural areas.”

By Stephens

Florida girl, would-be world traveler and semi-permanent expat. Her main strategy of life is to throw out the nets and hope something useful comes back, but many times it's just an old shoe. She also really, really hates winter and people who are consistently late.

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