News in Asia

Welcome to another week of news. We’ve got tensions between North and South Korea, responses to the bombing in Bangkok, and other news.

North and South Korean troops exchanged gunfire and artillery rounds this week after the North got pissed about anti-Pyongyang propaganda being broadcast across the border.

Representatives of the two governments are talking, while earlier in the week, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un threatened military action if the broadcasts did not cease.

A bombing at a religious shrine in Bangkok killed 20 people. Thai authorities are offering an $85,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect seen on cameras.

The bodies of all 54 passengers of a commercial airline crash in Indonesia have been found, along with the black box.

A Bollywood film that portrays a man suspected for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai bombings is currently banned in Pakistan.

Police have arrested three men in connection to the murders of two Bangladeshi secular bloggers.

There is now a secure hotline between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama. So far, it has not been used.

Human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, a long-time critic of Prime Minister Modi, is now the target of government investigations.

Japan wants to know the plans the Chinese government has for a celebration to mark the end of World War II before they agree to a summit.

Two leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement are now charged with illegal assembly, a year after the protests began.

Finally, this Guardian article has a nice round-up of the “Humans of New York” project in Pakistan and how it’s offering a “fresh perspective” on the country.


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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