News in Asia

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Appointing a Cabinet in the Afghanistan government is a very complicated process.

A British soldier, Royal Artillery Captain Alex Biddulph, has published a book of sketches about his time on the front lines in Afghanistan.

Journalists in Afghanistan face not only threats from the Taliban while trying to do their job, they also face harassment and threats from government officials.

Something I just learned: The Philippines is the only country in the world where divorce is still illegal. This piece explores how that plays out in society (spoiler alert: not very well).

North Korea has demanded that the South Korean government lift sanctions against the North and THEN they’ll talk to South Korea.

The military junta in Thailand has banned former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra from politics for 5 years.

President Obama is visiting India, and they’re rolling out the red carpet for him.

In technology news, Twitter has bought an Indian start-up.

The new Sri Lankan president has removed punishments on a controversial former war chief.

So a monk who spent almost a decade in jail for inciting anti-Muslim violence is coming under fire for calling a South Korean special envoy sexist slurs.

About 7000 activists have been arrested in the last two weeks since nationwide protests in Bangladesh have started.

Finally in good news, India’s tiger population has increased by 30 percent.


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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